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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Piano

Piano

Updated August 2020
Professor Gilles Vonsattel, gvonsatt@admin.umass.edu
Note: Jazz Piano applicants are not required to perform a classical piano audition.

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A representative piece from the Baroque period such as an Invention by Bach.
  • The first movement of a sonata such as those by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 202 and 545) or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79).
  • A piece from the Romantic Era or modern literature.

Technique

  • Major and minor scales played in four octaves, two hands.
  • Major and minor arpeggios played in four octaves, two hands.
  • A rudimentary sight reading test will be administered to each student.

 

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video performance of the Repertoire portion of the Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • A link to the video must be submitted with the Audition Request Form. Raw video files are not acceptable.