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Piano Auditions

You'll be great. Trust us.

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:

  • Applicants 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
  • 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 27, 2019
  • February 10, 2019
  • February 17, 2019
  • February 24, 2019

2018-19 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 12, 2019
Chicago January 14, 2019
New York March 1, 2019 (voice only)
New York March 2, 2019 (piano only)
New York March 3, 2019
Boston

March 5, 2019

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 6, 2018
Taipei October 8-9, 2018
Hong Kong October 11-12, 2018
Guangzhou October 15-16, 2018
Shanghai October 18-19, 2018
Beijing October 22-25, 2018

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

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