Shenandoah Conservatory’s focus on professional arts training began 135 years ago as Virginia’s first flagship school of music.

A Shenandoah Conservatory graduate education will elevate you artistry and provide you with a rigorous learning experience.

How to Apply

Apply online using the Shenandoah University Graduate Application.

Application Opens: September 1

Audition Information

Conducting, all Vocal, & Composition applicants must submit a Prescreening on the Shenandoah University Recorded/Prescreening Decision Desk Drop Box

You must first submit the prescreening and then you will be invited to an on-campus audition. You WILL NOT be able to register yourself for an on-campus audition before successfully completing your prescreening.

Prescreening firm deadline is January 15, 2015

Please review the Graduate Audition Guidelines for prescreening details.

Upload prescreening video through the Shenandoah University Recorded/Prescreening Decision Desk Drop Box.

If you have questions, please contact Holly Standard, Admissions Events Coordinator, at hstandar@su.edu.

Register for your On-Campus Audition
Graduate Audition Dates
  • Saturday, February 7
  • Monday, February 16

Register for an on-campus audition through Shenandoah Conservatory Live Decision Desk
Firm deadline for audition registration is February 2.

If you have questions, please contact Holly Standard, Admissions Events Coordinator, at hstandar@su.edu.

Your audition registration will be confirmed once we have received all required application materials. A confirmation and schedule for the audition day will be emailed to you. Please set your spam blocker to accept emails from su.edu.

If you live more than 250 miles from campus you may submit a recorded audition

Upload Recorded Audition via Shenandoah University Recorded/Prescreening Decision Desk Drop Box

It is strongly recommended that applicants verify the distance requirement with their admissions counselor prior to submitting a recorded audition.

Videos must be prepared following the Graduate Audition Guidelines. We will NOT accept any other type of recorded audition. Recorded auditions must be submitted through the Shenandoah Conservatory Decision Desk Digital Dropbox.

Start term

Fall, Spring, and Summer

  • Certificate in Church Music: Summer
  • Master of Music Education: Summer
  • Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy: Fall
  • Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance: Fall
  • Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management: Fall

Program Prerequisites

Certificate Programs

Church Music
Music Therapy

Diploma Program

Artist Diploma

Master of Music

Church Music
     Applied Emphasis:
     Organ
     Voice
     Conducting
Composition
Conducting
Pedagogy — Voice
Performance
Collaborative Piano

Master of Music Therapy
Master of Music Education
Master of Science

Performing Arts Leadership and Management

Doctor of Musical Arts

Pedagogy — Voice
Performance
     Applied Emphasis:
     Voice
     Instrumental or Keyboard
     Conducting

Learn more about Music, Theatre, and Dance at Shenandoah

Financial Aid

  • Graduate Assistantships, both full and partial, are awarded to master’s and doctoral students. A full or partial tuition waiver and a small stipend accompany these awards. The award is renewable for up to three years pending satisfactory academic progress and the recommendation of the immediate supervisor.
  • DMA Teaching Assistantships are awarded to doctoral students only and consist of a full tuition waiver and a $9000 annual stipend. The award is renewable for three years pending satisfactory academic progress and the recommendation of the immediate supervisor.
  • Shenandoah Conservatory strongly recommends that all entering students submit a FAFSA to the Shenandoah University Office of Financial Aid.