Collegiate Performance Preparation Program

Auditions 2022 - 2023

Auditions for the 2022-2023 Season will be held August 25th, 2022.

To ensure you are successfully signed up for an audition, please follow the steps below:

1. Complete application form and email it to

February 2019

          "Thank you for the final updates on Prep Class. This has been such an amazing experience for Gregory!  He has learned so much as a musician and performer. Gregory also loves spending time with others who love music too! He would definitely like to participate next year."

-Parent, Amy Barr

2. Sign up for an audition time

The Collegiate Performance Preparation Program is designed to create the opportunity for talented young classical musicians (ages 12-19) who dream of becoming music majors in college, to progressively prepare and successfully enter music schools of choice. This program provides the environment to develop musical potential, study college research, and achieve standards of performing excellence at the highest levels.

‘The Collegiate-Performance Preparation Program’ includes strategically planned confidence gaining opportunities through:

• Weekly in-house classes include rehearsals coached by the Prep Class official pianist, followed by weekly performances guided by the program director
• The honing of technically progressive performance and foundational repertoire
• Seasoning and solidifying performance nerves with positive reinforcement
• Developing self-assurance through public speaking
• Training stage presence and etiquette
• Weekly guided performance evaluations by peers with welcomed feedback
• Monthly public outreach concerts that provide a larger arena for performances within
          the local community
• Creating a successful resume and repertoire list
• Training for end of year Performance Jury Adjudications that include college audition

• End of the year Senior Result Panel and Senior Graduation Ceremony and Recital

• Progressive college research assignments that train students how to:
  o Knowledgeably apply to collegiate music schools in a timely fashion
  o Research teaching faculty and college locations
  o Discover the differences between music conservatories and liberal arts schools with

                    excellent music departments
  o Choose five or six final college application choices
  o Record and submit successful pre-screened audition jpegs
  o Navigate audition tours successfully
  o Ultimately be accepted to collegiate schools of choice

April 2019

          "I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity I had to participate in your program during my junior year. I learned a lot about the process of applying and auditioning for college. You helped motivate me and encouraged me to be serious about pursuing music in college.  I would not be where I am without you. Thank you again for all the hard work and time you dedicated to helping young musicians like me to be successful in the college audition process."

-Student, Lauren Roberts


Open to orchestral musicians ages 12-19

(includes piano and harp)

Application deadline: August 22nd, 2022

Audition Address: 3113 Primrose Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Director Contact Information:

Margaret Pressley,
Cell: 206.715.4759

Tuition: $850 with Non-Refundable Deposit of $200 due upon acceptance*

Calendar Year: September 3, 2022 through March 18, 2022

*Participation in a CSYSA large group is not required

Graduates of Collegiate Prep attend the following colleges:

  • Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio

  • Colorado State University School of Music, Fort Collins

  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio

  • Peabody Conservatory of Music, Maryland

  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

  • University of Northern Colorado School of Music, Greeley

  • Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York

  • University of Wyoming School of Music, Laramie

  • Williams College, Massachusetts