Conservatory Admissions

Thank you for considering the Conservatory at Gifted Music School! Detailed below are all the steps in the application process in order. The Admission Staff is always here to help! If at any time you have questions or comments or need assistance with any part of your application, please reach out to us at conservatory@giftedmusicschool.org.
 
 
 
Important Dates
   
March 1 Online application opens
March 9 Information session at 5:30 p.m.
May 1 Application deadline
May 28 Live auditions in Salt Lake City
Early June Decisions sent
   
 

 

 

Admissions Info Session

Join us for a Conservatory Admissions Information Session on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. with Shenae Anderson.

Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend our admissions information session on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the full-scholarship Conservatory at Gifted Music School with Interim Conservatory Director Shenae Anderson. We'll answer your questions about the program curriculum, performance opportunities, conservatory application, audition process, financial aid, student life, and more.

This free event will be held at Gifted Music School 182 South 600 East Salt Lake City, UT 84102. No registration or RSVP is required. For more information, please contact Shenae Anderson at sanderson@giftedmusicschool.org.

 

How to Apply

1. Register

The first step in the Conservatory admissions process is registering as a student of Gifted Music School. If you are already enrolled in lessons, classes, or other activities at Gifted Music School, you may skip this step and begin an application.
 

 

 

2. Apply

Once registered, please submit an online application to the Conservatory, accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee, payable online in the application portal. Applicants must also provide contact information for their current private teacher, who will receive an invitation to submit a letter of recommendation on the applicant's behalf. Admissions applications must be submitted by Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
 

Note: Please contact Acceptd to request an application fee waiver if you are experiencing financial hardship.

 

 

3. Audition

Upon confirmation of registration and receipt of the application and fee, students are invited to audition at Gifted Music School's campus in Salt Lake City, UT. Auditions for the 2022-23 admissions cycle will take place on May 28, 2022.
 
 
Repertoire Requirements
Applicants must be able to show technical and musical proficiency that demonstrates—for their age—exceptional competency, consistent practice, and commitment. Exact requirements may vary by instrument (please select your instrument program on Acceptd to view the exact requirements), but generally the audition consists of:
 
  1. Two stylistically contrasting works that demonstrate the student’s abilities.
  2. One scale of your choosing, major and melodic minor, three octaves.
  3. Sight-reading.
  4. Orchestral excerpt(s), as determined by your instrument (all excerpts are posted under the "Resources" tab on Acceptd).
 
 
Theory Diagnostic Examination
Immediately following auditions, applicants will be given a theory diagnostic (or "placement") exam which will allow our faculty to accurately place students in the appropriate level of music theory. 
 
Applicants are encouraged to review the Music Theory Study Guide prior to taking the diagnostic exam. Students are not expected to know everything on this list. Topics covered in the exam are extracted from each of the various levels of music theory at GMS. Students should complete as much of the test as they are able to at this point in their musical journey.
 
Results of the diagnostic exam will have no impact on the student's final admissions decision. Please anticipate reserving 1 hour after the live audition to take this exam.
 
 
 

Why Gifted Music School?

The Conservatory at Gifted Music School is a highly selective training program for gifted young musicians. While tuition at similar pre-college programs, such as Juilliard and Colburn, averages $15,000 per year, the Conservatory at Gifted Music School stands apart as a full-scholarship program.
 
Taught by distinguished faculty, Conservatory students gain new skills, knowledge, and experiences in a supportive environment that prepares students for musical study at a post-secondary level or as a professional musician. Unlike traditional youth orchestras, the Conservatory provides a comprehensive curriculum that develops well-rounded musicians. Students participate in a wide array of classes and ensembles, including orchestra, piano ensemble, chamber music, music theory, ear training, music history, yoga for musicians, and more.
 
In addition to working with teaching artists from the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, University of Utah, and Brigham Young University, Conservatory students have the opportunity to work with prominent guest artists from around the world in Gifted Music School's Distinguished Master Class series. Recent guest artists have included Midori Goto, Roberto Diaz, Sel Kardan, Laurie Niles, Ian Swensen, Micah Yui, Bruce Brubaker, Alan de Veritch, Tom Rosenberg, Matthew Zalkind, the Fry Street Quartet, and more.
 
Our graduates often matriculate at top universities and conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, Colburn, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, all of the major Utah universities, and more.