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Piano Audition Requirements

All repertoire to be performed from memory.

Freshman & Sophomore (BM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Three-Part Invention or a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • The first movement of a sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Music Education (BM)

  • A Two-Part Invention or another more difficult work by J.S. Bach
  • A first or last (Allegro) movement of a Mozart, Haydn, or early Beethoven sonata (through Opus 28)
  • A shorter piece by a composer of the Romantic or Impressionist school. In addition to the instrumental audition, piano applicants must present a short vocal audition for the Chair of the Music Education department.

Junior (BM)

  • A work by J.S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • An Etude by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninov or Scriabin or a piece of a virtuosic nature
  • A significant work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Senior (BM) or Graduate (MM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A significant work by a Romantic composer
  • A significant work by a 20th Century Composer

Performance Diploma

  • A minimum of four complete major works representing four stylistic periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century.
  • At least one of these must be a multi-movement work.