Application Information

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION UNTIL YOU HAVE UPLOADED ONTO THE APPLICATION ANY NECESSARY SUPPORTING MATERIALS (see list below). You can return to your application any number of times until all items have been uploaded – THEN click on the submit button.

Your application will be complete when Credo has received each of the following items:
(applications will not be acted on until all items are completed)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee:
  • Pay at the end of online application
  • $45 before February 1
  • $55 after February 1
  • Credo Alumni: $25 for any program before February 1
  • Digital Photo of the applicant – uploaded in the online application
  • Audition – either uploaded in the digital application, or live audition (see Audition tab for schedule)
  • Recommendation letter (from teacher, orchestra director, youth leader, pastor, or employer) – either mailed directly to Credo at the address below, or uploaded in the online application. Returning students need not provide a recommendation letter. Instead, simply please insert your own name and address in lieu of the ‘required’ reference information.


All students must audition for admission and placement. Live auditions are preferred. Video auditions (for those who live more than 100 miles from live audition sites, or are submitted after live audition days) may easily be attached to the application.

Audition Requirements

Both string and piano applicants are required to audition with two pieces or movements in contrasting styles; one should demonstrate technical abilities, the other melodic abilities.

Audition Dates

Below is the schedule of audition dates.
Please indicate on your online application which audition date you prefer.
We will contact you to schedule your specific audition time and answer any questions about the audition process two weeks before the audition is to occur.

February 6Oberlin, OH
February 13Oberlin, OH
February 15Chicago, IL
February 20Oberlin, OH
March 12Chicago, IL

Additional dates to be announced mid-November.


2016 Deadline & Admissions Timeline

Nov. 20 (approx.)Application Opens
Feb. 15 – March 15A limited number of applicants will be admitted via “rolling admission”
March 10Completed applications are due for financial aid applicants (program application and financial aid application materials)
March 25Completed applications due for ALL applicants
April 1-10Admissions decisions made
April 1-15Initial $100 tuition deposit due 2 weeks after notification; additional $300 due by April 15
April 15Total $400 tuition deposit due
May 15Students on Wait List notified of final status (some wait list students will be invited to participate in Prelude Boston)
June 20Tuition/Room/Board Balance Due
Student registration forms due (available on website May 1)