Degree Program Auditions

Audition Requirements:
Undergraduate Audition

  • Two contrasting pieces: A movement of a classical sonata (Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven), a work form the 19th century (e.g., Chopin Prelude, Nocturne, or Fantasy Impromptu; Brahms Intermezzo, etc.) a Bach Invention or Prelude & Fugue from the WTC, an Impressionistic work (Debussy Prelude or Ravel piece), or 20th Century (Bartok, Ginastera, Gershwin, etc.).
  • Scales: major and minor
  • Sight reading: Level of vocal arias, hymns, etc.
  • NOTE: Bachelor of Music, Performance Concentration major auditions should be played from memory; music therapy and music education auditions may use music. The other music majors/minor degrees do not require memorization.

Piano and the B.M., Music Education Concentration

Pianists may audition for the keyboard faculty for the B.M. Music Education Concentration as either choral-track or instrumental-track. Piano will be considered as their principal instrument on which they will pursue applied study. Piano applicants must also interview with the Music Education area to be considered for the B.M. Music Education degree program, and should have experience as a performing member of one or more large, secondary music ensembles to receive consideration for admittance into the degree program.

Audition Requirements: Master of Music, Performance Option

  • Students should audition with repertoire comparable in difficulty to that performed on the senior recital of a Bachelor of Music performance degree in piano (Level VII of the Keyboard Area Guidelines).
  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • Sight reading
  • Repertoire from three stylistic periods similar to the following:
    • Baroque, e.g., A Prelude and Fugue by Bach; a movement from a French Suite, English Suite, or Partita; Italian Concerto.
    • Classical, e.g., One movement from a sonata or concerto by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven, such as Mozart K. 310, Beethoven Opus 81a.
    • Romantic:, e.g., a Chopin Ballade, Scherzo, or Sonata; Brahms Opus 118 or 119; Liszt Vallee d'Obermann; Schubert late Sonatas.
    • 20th century and Contemporary, e.g., Debussy Images Suite I or II, Ravel Miroirs, Prokofiev Sonatas, Barber Nocturne.


Bryan Wallick

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Keyboard Area Coordinator

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