1. Pre-College

Admission and Fees

Admission to the comprehensive Pre-College program is by audition only. Applicants must request a preferred private instructor at the time of application. Please refer to the faculty listings for teacher information.

Auditions for the 2018–19 academic year will take place on Sunday, May 13 and Sunday, May 20. Late applications will be accepted based on space availability and instrumentation needs. Please contact the Pre-College office to learn more.

Audition Requirements

Two contrasting pieces of the applicant's own choice demonstrating current level of proficiency. Pianists must prepare special repertoire as listed below.

Composition Audition Requirements

Submit two compositions representative of the applicants current work as a PDF (Portable Document Format). Recordings may be submitted as supplemental materials, however recordings are not required to be considered for admission.

Voice Audition Requirements

Vocalists are required to audition with piano accompaniment. SFCM does not provide accompanists, however, can provide recommendations of qualified professionals.

Piano Audition Requirements

The list below is a guide to the minimum repertoire level requirements acceptable for piano entrance auditions. These are suggested pieces. Reasonable substitutions are welcome.

  • Baroque
    • Bach Kleine Preludium (one of the small Preludes) or from the Anna Magdalena book
  • Classical
    • Any movement from any Clementi or Kuhlau Sonatina
  • Romantic
    • Schumann Album for the Young (one selection)
    • Chopin "An Introduction to Chopin" Alfred/Palmer edition (one selection)
    • Grieg Lyric Pieces
    • Burgmuller Etudes
  • 20th Century
    • Kabalevksy Children's Pieces Opus 27 (one selection)
    • Bartók for Children

Comprehensive Program Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships

Annual base tuition for comprehensive study for the 2018-19 academic year is $9,670. Electives vary in price and are charged per semester.  A non-refundable application fee of $50 is charged for all new students. A non-refundable registration fee of $50 is charged annually for all enrolled students. Families may choose to pay tuition through a payment plan.

Base tuition* $9,670 (2018-19)
Young Persons tuition* $6,970 (2018-19)
Application fee $50 at time of registration for audition
Registration fee $50/annually
Library and student badge deposit $50 (one-time only)

*Select faculty members require a supplemental tuition fee. Please contact the Pre-College office for more information.

Financial aid is awarded based on the joint criteria of demonstrated financial need and merit. The deadline for financial aid applications is April 1 each year for returning students and at the time of audition for new students.

Financial Aid Application


Composition Seminar* $1,200/semester
Technology & Applied Composition Class $1,200/semester
Conducting Seminar $900/semester
Brass Ensemble $1,200/semester
Harpsichord for Pianists** $750/semester
Secondary Instrument Lessons** $1,735/semester
Registration Fee $25/semester

*Available to all students enrolled and not enrolled in the comprehensive program

**Available to students registered in the comprehensive program. Select faculty members require a supplemental tuition fee. Please contact the Pre-College office for more information.