Piano Audition Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM, BME)

 

Applicants who select the virtual zoom audition will follow the requirements below.

1. All major and harmonic minor scales in four octaves
2. At least one composition by J.S. Bach
3. At least one movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
4. At least one composition from a composer of the Romantic period or 20th century
5. Harmonization of a familiar melody to be selected by the audition committee (virtual auditions only)
6. A short piece will be sent to the applicant 2-3 days in advance to prepare (in lieu of sight-reading). Applicants should prepare the piece to the best of their ability.

Scales are to be played from memory. Candidates for the major in piano performance or piano pedagogy are required to play all audition repertoire from memory. All other piano candidates are required to play one composition by memory.

Applicants who select to submit a recorded audition will follow steps 1 and 2 outlined below:

1) Record each of the following:
• At least one composition by J.S. Bach
• At least one movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
• At least one composition from a composer of the Romantic period or 20th century

2) Virtual interview will include the following (scheduled when student completes the Supplemental Music Form)

*Applicants should have access to a piano/keyboard for the virtual interview.
• All major and harmonic minor scales in four octaves
• Harmonization of a familiar melody to be selected by the audition committee (virtual auditions only)
• A short piece will be sent to the applicant 2-3 days in advance to prepare (in lieu of sight-reading). Applicants should prepare the piece to the best of their ability.

Scales are to be played from memory. Candidates for the major in piano performance or piano pedagogy are required to play all audition repertoire from memory. All other piano candidates are required to play one composition by memory.

Undergraduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should follow the steps outlined here: recorded audition. Virtual interviews will occur on the audition dates found here. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form. 


GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (MM, DMA)

Audition Requirements: Applicants for the M.M. or D.M.A. must present an audition program approximately the length of a full recital, including; a major work from the Baroque period, a major work from the Classical period, a major work from the Romantic period, and a major work from the twentieth century to the present. 

Note: Piano Performance candidates may also apply for an Accompanying Assistantship. 

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.​