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Piano Auditions

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. Multi-movement works must be performed in their entirety without edits as one performance and uploaded as a single video file. Include a list of pieces performed and the time they start at the very beginning of the recordings. Recordings submitted must have been made within the last 18 months. 

Undergraduate

Applicants must have at least 20 minutes of recordings submitted.

  • One complete Classical period sonata
  • One complete and substantial Romantic period work of approximately 10 minutes in length
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti

Graduate and Postgraduate

Applicants must have at least 30 minutes of recordings submitted.

  • One complete Classical period sonata
  • One complete and substantial Romantic period work of at least 10 minutes in length
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti

 

Final Audition Repertoire

Each selection of the Final Audition Recording repertoire must be submitted as an unedited audiovisual recording. Multi-movement works must be performed in their entirety without edits as one performance and uploaded as a single video file. Include a list of pieces performed and the time they start at the very beginning of the recordings. Recordings submitted must have been made within the last 18 months.

Undergraduate

  • One complete Baroque work (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 complete Romantic work from the 19th century
  • One complete Contemporary work from the 20th or 21st century
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • One complete major work of Bach (partita, toccata, suite, or prelude and fugue, etc.)
  • One complete Classical sonata
  • One complete Romantic work equal in difficulty to a Chopin ballade or scherzo
  • One complete Contemporary work from the 20th century equal in difficulty to the Copland Variations or the Bartók Suite Op. 14
  • One étude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti

 

Virtual Performance Interview Dates

February 8
February 21

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  • Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall

  • Library

  • Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall

  • Milton Salkind Terrace

  • Osher Salon

  • Phyllis Wattis Atrium

  • Osher Salon

  • The Panoramic

  • Sol Joseph Recital Hall

  • The Panoramic

  • Sol Joseph Recital Hall

  • The Panoramic

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music