Conservatory of Music

Piano audition guidelines

Piano

Audition dates:  Feb. 9, 10, 16, 23, 24

All compositions should be played from memory.

Repertoire

Undergraduate

Technique

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves

Baroque

  • From J.S. Bach, a major suite or Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, or two Scarlatti or two Soler sonatas

Classical

  • A complete sonata or set of variations by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart or Schubert

Romantic

  • A substantial composition from the works of such composers as Alkan, Brahms, Chopin, Franck, Gottschalk, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov or Schumann

20th or 21st Century

  • A significant composition from a major composer such as Albeniz, Barber, Bartok, Bolcom, Copland, Debussy, Ginastera, Granados, Ives, Messiaen, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rzewski, Schnittke, Schoenberg, Stravinsky or Tower



Graduate

Technique

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves

Baroque

  • From J.S. Bach, a major suite or Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, or two Scarlatti or two Soler sonatas

Classical

  • A complete sonata or set of variations by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart or Schubert

Romantic

  • A substantial composition from the works of such composers as Alkan, Brahms, Chopin, Franck, Gottschalk, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov or Schumann

20th or 21st Century

  • A significant composition from a major composer such as Albeniz, Barber, Bartok, Bolcom, Copland, Debussy, Ginastera, Granados, Ives, Messiaen, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rzewski, Schnittke, Schoenberg, Stravinsky or Tower

Etude

  • Virtuosic etude by such composers as Bartok, Chopin, Debussy, Ives, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin or Ligeti
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