Collegiate Performance Preparation Program

Auditions 2019 - 2020

Auditions for the 2019-2020 Season will be held August 29, 2019

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The Collegiate Performance Preparation Program is designed to create the opportunity for talented young classical musicians 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

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 and going through March instead of February sounds great."

-Parent, Amy Barr

April 2019

          "Since I was unable to continue in the College Prep program in 2018, I just wanted to update you about college! After moving to Boise, Idaho, I immediately started taking lessons with Brian Hodges, the cello professor at Boise State University. I also joined the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. 

          I ended up applying to a total of 5 colleges; Brigham Young University, Boise State University, University of Denver, Utah State University, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I scheduled lessons with all the professors at these schools, and auditioned for all of the performance programs. I ended up being accepted to all 5 schools!! I also received both academic and music scholarships to all. 

          After lots of thought and consideration, I have decided to attend Utah State University to major in Cello Performance. I will be studying with Anne Francis Bayless. I ultimately chose this because I worked the best with Anne, and the environment at Utah State best fit my needs. Because of my acceptance into the Caine Scholars for Excellence Program, I will be able to be a leader and collaborate with other dedicated artists at Utah State. One of the biggest factors in my decision was the cost. I received a full ride scholarship to Utah State for 4 years as a result of my academic record. I am also receiving a music scholarship based on an application and audition that I will receive as a cash stipend throughout my years at Utah State.

          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


Audition Address: 23 West Washington St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Director Contact Information: Margaret Pressley,
Cell: 206.715.4759

Tuition: $860.00 with Non-Refundable Deposit of $200 due upon acceptance

Calendar Year: September 7, 2019 through April 5, 2020