Harpsichord Audition Requirements


Candidates may be admitted without any previous harpsichord experience, provided they have had prior organ or piano training. Applicants should prepare three works that best show their interests and abilities, to include the following repertoire (memorization is optional.). The audition can be performed on piano, harpsichord, or organ.

1. A composition by J.S. Bach, such as a suite or prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier
2. A piece from the French harpsichord school by L. Couperin, F. Couperin, or Rameau
3. A sonata by D. Scarlatti

Undergraduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should follow the steps outlined here: recorded audition. All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the auditions dates. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.


All graduate applicants should prepare an audition consisting of one major work of J.S. Bach, along with contrasting works from at least three other national styles, to be chosen from the following repertoire. Memorization for harpsichord auditions is optional.

1. A toccata by Frescobaldi or Froberger
2. A piece from the virginalist school
3. A French suite by L. Couperin, d’Anglebert, F. Couperin, or Rameau
4. Two contrasting sonatas by Scarlatti or Soler

• Applicants for the M.M. degree should be prepared to play for twenty minutes.
• Applicants for the D.M.A. degree should be prepared to play for thirty minutes

Graduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should upload the audition directly to their Graduate College application. Graduate applicants who submit a recorded audition will also register for a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the audition dates. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.​