Audition Repertory for Piano


Applicants should prepare four works: one work by J.S. Bach; a sonata from the Classical period (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or similar); one work from the Romantic period (Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, or similar); and a work of the twentieth century (Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Bartók, or similar). All works should be performed from memory.

Applicants should be well grounded technically and show evidence of superior musical ability. Applicants should be able to play all major and minor scales, including melodic and harmonic minor scales, at a moderately rapid tempo (for example, metronomic markings of 120 per each group of three-eight notes) and broken chords in octave position in all keys.  Applicants should be able to read simple music at sight.

Arrangements of popular music, jazz compositions, reductions, simplifications, and/or transcriptions of original compositions are not acceptable for auditions.

MM & Performance Diploma

Applicants should prepare from memory at least three compositions: one from the Baroque, one from the Classical, and one from either the Romantic or Contemporary periods. Examples of representative literature include preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier and toccatas by J.S. Bach; Sonata in E-flat Major, op.81a, by Beethoven; Sonata in B minor, by Chopin; Pour le Piano, Estampes, Images, Book I or II, by Debussy; and Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24, by Brahms.

DMA & Artist Diploma

Applicants should prepare material equivalent to a master’s-level recital program.