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Piano Auditions

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We're all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it's still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you've come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can't wait to hear you.

Audition Requirements: Piano

Acceptance into the Piano program at SFCM requires pre-screening.

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Anyone residing in California

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Final audition recordings are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside the United States
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit an unedited audio-visual recording with the following repertoire:

Undergraduate (recording must be at least 20 minutes in length)

  • The first movement of a Classical period sonata
  • A complete and substantial Romantic period work (such as a Ballade or the Mephisto Waltz) or at least two contrasting movements of a larger multi-movement work
  • One short work of the candidate's choice. This may be, for example, an etude, a prelude and fugue, or a character piece from any period

Graduate (recording must be at least 30 minutes in length)

  • The first movement of a Classical period sonata
  • A complete and substantial Romantic period work (such as a Ballade or the Mephisto Waltz) or at least two contrasting movements of a larger multi-movement work
  • One short work of the candidate's choice. This may be, for example, an etude, a prelude and fugue, or a character piece from any period

Final Audition Repertoire

Undergraduate

A complete work from each of the following periods:

  • Baroque (a prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier or a fugal movement from a suite)
  • Classical (a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert)
  • Romantic (a work from the 19th century)
  • Contemporary (a work from the 20th or 21st century)

Graduate

  • A major work of Bach (partita, toccata, suite, etc.)
  • An entire Classical sonata
  • A Romantic work equal in difficulty to a Chopin ballade or scherzo
  • A 20th-century work equal in difficulty to the Copland Variations or the Bartók Suite Op. 14

Audition Dates at SFCM

  • January 28, 2018
  • February 11, 18-19, 2018

Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 13, 2018
Chicago January 15, 2018
New York February 22, 2018 - All, except for voice and piano
New York February 23, 2018 - Voice only
New York February 24, 2018 - Piano only
Boston

February 27, 2018

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 8, 2017
Taipei October 11-12, 2017
Hong Kong October 13, 2017
Guangzhou October 16-18, 2017
Shanghai October 19-21, 2017
Beijing October 23-26, 2017

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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