Requirements

All piano applicants are required to submit the prescreening requirements listed below with the application. Applicants will be informed by January 5 if they are invited to attend a virtual performance interview or have been denied in prescreening. If invited, applicants will select a virtual performance interview time and submit unedited audiovisual recordings of the Final Audition repertoire listed below. Final Audition Recordings will be due one week before the selected virtual performance interview time.

All repertoire must be performed from memory.

Prescreening

Each selection of the prescreening repertoire must be submitted as an unedited audiovisual recording. Include the name of the piece being performed at the very beginning of the recording and/or in your uploaded description.

Movements from multi-movement works may be in separate video files.

Undergraduate

Applicants must have at least 20 minutes of recordings submitted.

  • One Allegro movement of a Classical period sonata
  • One work from the Romantic era. Individual movements from larger works are acceptable.
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti
  • Additional contrasting works may be included to fulfill the minimum time requirement.

Graduate and Professional Studies Certificate

Applicants must have at least 30 minutes of recordings submitted.

  • One Allegro movement of a Classical period sonata
  • One work from the Romantic era. Individual movements from larger works are acceptable.
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti
  • Additional contrasting works may be included to fulfill the minimum time requirement.

Artist Diploma

Applicants must have at least 60 minutes of recordings submitted.

Solo repertoire representing three diverse musical periods. At least two must be large-scale works and performed in full.

 

Final Audition Repertoire

Each selection of the Final Audition repertoire must be submitted as an unedited audiovisual recording. Include the name of the piece being performed at the very beginning of the recording and/or in your uploaded description.

Movements from multi-movement works may be in separate video files. Applicants may use recordings submitted for prescreening as the Final Audition Recording as well.

Undergraduate

Applicants must have at least 30 minutes of recordings submitted.

  • One polyphonic work from the Baroque Period, such as a Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, or a fugal movement from a suite.
  • One complete Classical work by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti
  • Two additional works or movements of contrasting style

Graduate and Professional Studies Certificate

Applicants must have at least 50 minutes of recordings submitted.

  • One complete Classical work by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti
  • Two additional works or movements of contrasting style

Artist Diploma

A program of at least 70 minutes of solo repertoire. Three diverse musical periods must be represented. At least two must be large-scale works.  

 

Virtual Performance Interview Format

All piano applicants will be placed in small groups and interviewed by the panel of piano faculty. There will be no live performance. The Final Audition Recording will serve as the primary audition.

 

Virtual Performance Interview Dates

February 8
February 21

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