Keyboard Audition Information


A polyphonic composition in three voices (e.g., Rheinberger trio, three-voice chorale setting of Dupre, etc).

A composition of the student's choice of comparable difficulty with Bach's Eight Little Preludes and Fugues.

Read at sight a four-part hymn setting:

  1. Soprano, alto, and tenor on one manual, bass in the pedal
  2. Soprano on one manual (right hand), alto and tenor on a second manual (left hand), bass in the pedal

A few short pedal exercises selected by the student (with particular attention to evenness rather than speed)


(all literature must be memorized)

All major, minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves, plus:

  1. A composition from the baroque literature such as a Bach two- or three-part invention, prelude and fugue, partita, suite, or toccata
  2. A sonata-allegro movement from the classical period -- Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Sonatas (excluding the Beethoven opus 49 and the Moonlight Sonata)
  3. A composition from the literature of the nineteenth or twentieth century
  4. Sight reading: the level of difficulty should be comparable to that of the audition literature chosen

Jazz Piano

Please prepare:

Three jazz tunes
     a. blues (tune and improvisation)
     b. solo piano ballad
     c. 32-bar tune like Satin Doll, A Train (tune and improvisation)

All major and minor scales and arpeggios

Be ready to read a jazz chord sheet.

Information for Jazz Studies Majors

With the exception of guitar majors, students anticipating entry into the jazz studies alternative should expect to audition using classical literature (two contrasting pieces of your choice, memory not required) as well as providing a demonstration of current jazz skills. Students will be admitted to the program only after successfully completing an audition with the appropriate jazz and classical faculty member(s). All jazz studies majors must notify us that they will be playing a jazz audition since many jazz auditions are held on a private basis.