Applying to The Honors Music Program

2017-2018 Audition Dates

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Voice

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Strings

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Winds

Friday, June 9, 2017 – Piano

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Strings

All auditions will be held between 6:00pm and 8:00pm at Westminster Conservatory of Music, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540.

All applications must be received in the Westminster Conservatory office by Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Financial aid may be available. Forms are available in the office and must be submitted at the time of application.

Information about the Honors Music Program Divisions

All HMP applications require:

  • Private teacher recommendation form (soon available on the HMP website)
  • HMP student information form (soon available on the HMP website)
  • Westminster Conservatory registration form with “HMP” written under “Class or group requests”
  • $55 application fee (checks should be made payable to Rider University)

Once the four items are received, a staff member will contact you to either schedule an audition or approve submission of a composer’s Composition Portfolio.


HMP Audition Requirements


Performance Majors

On the day of the audition, the student will be asked to complete his or her performance of solo repertoire (see below), a sight reading skills evaluation, a brief interview, and a theory placement test.  Theory test results are used for class placement and do not impact acceptance decisions.

Instrumentalists perform:

  • An etude
  • Two contrasting pieces
  • Corresponding scales & arpeggios
  • Vocalists perform:
  • A 17th or 18th century Italian or English song
  • An art song of contrasting style in any language, from any period


Composition Majors

By May 31, 2017, composers must submit:

  • A portfolio containing three original compositions
  • A completed theory placement test
  • Theory tests are self-scheduled and may be taken during regular Conservatory hours in Princeton. Composers must test out of or have completed Theory Level 3.

Following review of these materials, the student may be contacted for an interview.


Young Music Scholar (Musicianship Studies Majors)

Students complete the theory placement test. Theory tests are self-scheduled and may be taken during regular Conservatory hours in Princeton.

Following review of these materials, the student may be contacted for an interview.


Admission Decisions and Registration


Applicants are admitted to an HMP division based on the panel’s recommendation following the assessment.  Applicants receive their admissions decision and theory placement results in a letter emailed to the family.  If the student’s theory knowledge falls between HMP class levels, the family may choose to accelerate the student to a higher level through summer theory tutorials or to enroll the student in the lower level class in September.  Fees for any summer tutorials are not included in the HMP tuition.


By July 1, 2017, newly accepted students must submit two fees to reserve their place in HMP:

  • $40 Westminster Conservatory registration fee (not required for Conservatory students already enrolled in another offering for 2017-18)
  • Non-refundable tuition deposit, applied to program tuition: $500 for Young Artists or Young Musician Students, $150 for Young Music Scholar Students


2017-18 HMP Tuition


Young Artist Division                       $2,850

Young Musician Division                $2,100

Young Music Scholar Division      $1,260


Fees for private lessons, outside theory exams, or music scores are not included in tuition.  Scholarship opportunities are available, and we are pleased to announce three new awards for Violin, Viola and Cello.  More information can be found here.


View and Download the 2017-18 Honors Music Program Brochure here

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View and Download the Honors Music Program Admission Forms here


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Register online for other lessons and classes at the Conservatory here.