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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 office@csysa.com

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
          requirements

• 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

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                                                                                                                          Over the past 40 years, Margaret Pressley 

                                                                                                                          has served as one of the country’s foremost
                                                                                                                          instructors of pre-college musicians. Ms.                                                                                                                                  Pressley established the Pressley Violin 

                                                                                                                          Studio and founded the Seattle                                                                                                                                                  Conservatory of Music, the first of its kind

                                                                                                                          in the Pacific Northwest. For her                                                                                                                                              exceptional support, inspiration, and

                                                                                                                          outstanding contributions toward the

                                                                                                                          growth and development of music education, Ms. Pressley has received honors, including a Music Teacher National Association’s National Fellow Award, a Washington State Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year Award (American String Teacher Association), a prestigious Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Foundation Grant, and induction into the Washington State Music Teacher Association’s Hall of Fame. She was also given the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Distinguished Alumni Award for her contributions to music and the SYSO community. Conservatory and Studio alumni have been accepted into every major collegiate music school in the country. They currently work as chamber musicians, members of orchestras, international soloists, college professors, and free-lance musicians across the United States and Europe. Ms. Pressley has served as Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder, Lecturer at Western Washington University and Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University. She has also served as a Master Teacher at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy, the Heifetz Institute, Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, the Nationalla UYngdomssymoniorchestern in Sweden, the New Conservatory of Dallas, Music in the Mountains Festival and the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. Ms. Pressley has led master classes, presentations and clinics in state and national conferences and has served as regional and national advisory panels. Currently she resides in Colorado Springs.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Details:

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, pressleystudio@gmail.com
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

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A FULLY COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM.

A 2022 College Prep student records her college audition pre-screening!
CPPP fully prepares young musicians for all aspects of
college applications and auditions. 

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