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All composition applicants are required to submit notated scores and recordings fulfilling the prescreening requirements listed below with the application. Applicants will be informed if they are invited to attend an audition or have been denied in prescreening.
UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2022
If invited, applicants will audition virtually through Zoom. The virtual audition requires performing selections from the piano proficiency live.
- Three or more original scores and recordings of each of the scores. Recordings may be audio only or audiovisual.
Scores must show evidence of original musical thought, along with the fundamentals of compositional technique. While electronic compositions are acceptable, applicants must also demonstrate competence with traditional notation in the scores submitted. Computer-generated scores should be checked for correct transpositions, appropriate accidentals, and normal spellings. MIDI recordings are acceptable in exceptional cases, but acoustic performances are strongly recommended.
- Performance of three complete piano works or movements on piano or a keyboard from any three of the following periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th/21st Century. When choosing the 20th/21st Century category, the applicant is encouraged to perform one of their own original compositions. If an applicant is unable to access a piano or keyboard for the live virtual audition, reach out to the Office of Admission.
- Should piano not be the candidate's primary instrument, the applicant is welcome to upload a recording of a performance on their primary instrument with their Final Audition Recording submission. Applicants must still complete the piano evaluation requirement during the live virtual audition.
For audition dates, please visit Auditions.