Conservatory Requirements

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the Conservatory will be implementing a three-tiered program, replacing the current Major/Minor model. This change will allow Conservatory to create more distinct pathways for recognizing the top high achieving students in their respective fields, while broadening the scope of student involvement.

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Conservatory Membership

Conservatory Membership is open to all VCHS students with no course requirements beyond the traditional VCHS graduation requirements. Members will be required to participate in one Conservatory extra-curricular activity of their choosing (see Conservatory Membership requirements below) during their VCHS tenure. Students will receive invitations to Conservatory special events, placed on the information email list, and be eligible to apply for and participate in select Conservatory programs and events. (See extra-curricular requirements for membership here)

Conservatory Membership Application

Conservatory Honors

Members may apply for the distinction of Conservatory Honors and begin working towards fulfillment of the requirements outlined below. Students receive all the benefits of Conservatory membership, plus they will be honored with a cord of distinction to wear on graduation day and a special seal on their graduation diploma.

Conservatory Honors Application

Conservatory Honors Fellow

Advanced-level visual and performing artists are encouraged to consider applying for this highly selective Conservatory Honors Fellow Program. Students accepted into this elite program will receive tuition assistance in the form of a Conservatory Merit Scholarship, and serve as Conservatory ambassadors with the honor of showcasing their talents at special events and activities. These students will be honored with a cord of distinction to wear on graduation day and a special seal on their graduation diploma.

Conservatory Honors Fellow Application

Conservatory Requirements

Students must complete these requirements by the end of Senior year.

Conservatory Distinction Requirements



Honors Fellow

Declaration of area of emphasisYesYes
Conservatory Courses36

Discipline Specific Extra-curriculars
 (Patron Passport Program, shows, private lessons etc.)

Junior/Senior ProjectYes

Conservatory Membership Only:
  • No declaration of emphasis
  • One Conservatory-approved extra-curricular activity. Choices are the following:
    • Choice One: Become a Patron of the Arts by attending a minimum of one event produced by each of our five Conservatory departments:
      • Theatre Production 
      • Dance Show
      • Art Show
      • Music Concert
      • Film Festival


    • Choice Two: Participate in a minimum of one of the following:
      • Symphonic Chorale & Orchestra
      • Man Choir
      • Chamber Singers
      • Open Air Ensemble
      • Performing Indoor Ensemble
      • Dance Show
      • Fall Theatre Production
      • Spring Musical
      • National Art Honor Society

AMSE Artist Honors

The Conservatory and AMSE Institute are excited to announce a new AMSE Artist Honors Distinction for VCHS students. This distinction was created in order to recognize students who have a deep passion for both the STEM and artistic fields and give them the opportunity to participate in both programs without overloading their schedules.

  • As an AMSE Artist Honors participant, AMSE and Conservatory membership are automatically included.
  • Students interested in pursuing AMSE Artist Honors status must complete a separate application, not both AMSE & Conservatory Honors applications.

AMSE Artist Honors Requirements


Conservatory Declaration of Area of EmphasisYes
Years of Science3
Years of Math4
AP Courses2
Discipline Specific Conservatory Courses3
Discipline Specific Conservatory Extra-Curriculars (Shows, private lessons, etc.)4
AMSE Program1
Blended AMSE/Conservatory Project1

AMSE Artist Honors Application

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