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Pre-Screening

Applicaton for graduate study in the keyboard area requires a pre-screening process, so applications must be submitted by the Priority deadline of December 1. Pre-screening materials will be submitted online using Acceptd. Please include video or audio recordings of live performance(s) meeting the following requirements:

  • MM Piano Performance: 20 minutes; must include at least three different solo selections.
  • MM Piano Pedagogy: 20 minutes; must include at least two different solo selections.
  • MM Collaborative Piano: 20 minutes; must include at least two different selections, at least one of which should be collaborative performance. 
  • DMA in Piano Performance: 30 minutes; must include at least three different solo selections.

Students selected for an audition will be contacted through Acceptd to schedule an audition. For further information, please contact Dr. Liza Stepanova, a piano faculty who is coordinating 2020 graduate auditions, or Dr. Martha Thomas, Piano Area Chair.

Upon invitation, prospective students are encouraged to attend one of the audition dates listed below:

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020

Auditions

Piano performance graduate auditions (MM)

Prepare a memorized program of not less than forty minutes that includes contrasting works from at least three different style periods. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.

Piano performance graduate auditions (DMA)

Prepare a memorized program of not less than sixty minutes that includes contrasting works from at least three different style periods. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.

Piano pedagogy graduate auditions (MM)

Prepare a memorized program of not less than thirty minutes that includes contrasting works from at least three different style periods. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.

Collaborative piano graduate auditions (MM)

  • A memorized work for solo piano from the standard repertoire which best demonstrates the applicant's musicianship and keyboard technique. 
  • Three vocal works which may include art songs, arias, and/or choral repertoire.
  • Two contrasting movements from an instrumental sonata,selected from the Classical or Romantic period.

Sight reading will also be evaluated.

For clarification and further information, please contact the appropriate applied faculty: