Audition Information for Pianists

For admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music or the Bachelor of Music with music education option degrees, you will be asked to play scales, arpeggios, and cadences in five major or minor keys of your choice; to sight-read an early intermediate piece; and to perform two solos. Please prepare the following:

  • All major and harmonic minor scales, tonic arpeggios, and cadences. Scales and arpeggios should be two octaves.
  • Two or more contrasting solos representing different eras from the standard piano repertoire (examples include Bach inventions, sinfonias, and dance suite movements; Chopin preludes, nocturnes, or waltzes; Grieg character pieces; movements from any sonata by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, etc.; contemporary pieces on the level of Agay’s “The Twentieth Century;” or the equivalent.) Solos are be memorized. Popular, gospel or self-composed pieces are not suitable.
  • Sight-reading

For admission to the Bachelor of Music, piano performance or pedagogy emphasis, you will be asked to play scales, arpeggios, and cadences in seven major or minor keys of your choice, to sight-read an intermediate piece, and to perform two solos. Please prepare the following:

  • All major and harmonic minor scales, tonic arpeggios, and cadences. Scales and arpeggios should be four octaves. All should be hands together.
  • Two or more contrasting solos representing different eras from the standard piano repertoire (examples include Bach inventions, sinfonias, preludes, fugues, and dance suite movements; works by Chopin and Liszt; Grieg character pieces; movements from any sonata by Mozart, Beethoven, or Haydn, etc.; contemporary pieces on the level of Agay’s “The Twentieth Century;” or the equivalent.) Solos are be memorized. Popular, gospel or self-composed pieces are not suitable.
  • Sight-reading

For admission as a music minor, you will be asked to play major scales, arpeggios, and cadences in your choice of three keys, to sight-read a simple piece, and to perform two solos. Please prepare the following.

  • Major scales, tonic arpeggios, and cadences.
  • Two or more contrasting solos from the standard piano repertoire (examples include Bach inventions and dance suite movements; Chopin preludes; Grieg character pieces; movements from a sonata by a classic era composer; contemporary pieces on the level of Agay’s “The Twentieth Century;” or the equivalent.) At least one solo must be memorized. Popular, gospel or self-composed pieces are not suitable.
  • Sight-reading

Events

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Blankenship Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.