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Piano Audition Requirements

Select the degree you are interested in to review the audition requirements and additional degree information. Faculty contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

Piano Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

  1. A work of J. S. Bach
  2. A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  3. A third work of comparable difficulty of the candidate's choice (no jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces)
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

Classical Audition

  1. Two works of contrasting styles from the classical repertory, at least one of which must be memorized
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

Jazz Audition

  1. Be prepared to perform a blues selection, jazz standard, and ballad. Please choose selections from the provided list (below). For each selection, perform the head, comp for one chorus, solo for one chorus, return to the head, and end accordingly. Instrumental jazz studies applicants must also sing the melody of one of their prepared pieces.
    Audition Information for Jazz Studies Majors
  2. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. A work of J. S. Bach
  2. A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  3. A third work of comparable difficulty of the candidate's choice (no jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces)
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. A work of J. S. Bach
  2. A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  3. A third work of comparable difficulty of the candidate's choice (no jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces)
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory. 

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

  1. A work of J. S. Bach
  2. A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  3. A third work of comparable difficulty of the candidate's choice (no jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces)
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.

Degree Page: Music Theory (BM)

  1. A work of J. S. Bach
  2. A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  3. A third work of comparable difficulty of the candidate's choice (no jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces)
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. J. S. Bach: A prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or three movements of a suite.
  2. A complete sonata by Beethoven (excluding op. 49), Schubert, or Mozart, or a Haydn sonata of comparable difficulty
  3. One large-scale (approximately 10 minutes) work or a group of shorter pieces from the 19th or 20th century representing lyrical and virtuoso styles
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.
  6. For the collaborative emphasis program, an interview with the faculty conductor of the program is recommended.

Degree Page: Performance and Music Education (BM)

  1. J. S. Bach: A prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or three movements of a suite.
  2. A complete sonata by Beethoven (excluding op. 49), Schubert, or Mozart, or a Haydn sonata of comparable difficulty
  3. One large-scale (approximately 10 minutes) work or a group of shorter pieces from the 19th or 20th century representing lyrical and virtuoso styles
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.
  6. For the collaborative emphasis program, an interview with the faculty conductor of the program is recommended.

Degree Page: Performance - Collaborative Emphasis (BM)

  1. J. S. Bach: A prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or three movements of a suite.
  2. A complete sonata by Beethoven (excluding op. 49), Schubert, or Mozart, or a Haydn sonata of comparable difficulty
  3. One large-scale (approximately 10 minutes) work or a group of shorter pieces from the 19th or 20th century representing lyrical and virtuoso styles
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.
  6. For the collaborative emphasis program, an interview with the faculty conductor of the program is recommended.

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Note: SRT applicants must submit a pre-screen audition recording (review requirements)

  1. A work of J. S. Bach
  2. A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  3. A third work of comparable difficulty of the candidate's choice (no jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces)
  4. Sight-reading
  5. All music is to be played from memory.

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. Three contrasting pieces (no jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces)
  2. One piece to be played from memory

Piano Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Performance (MM)

Candidates must exhibit the equivalent preparation to that required for the Bachelor of Music in Performance at Ithaca College and give evidence of being equipped to perform successful recitals during the period of study for the degree program. 

Prepare the following for a 20-minute audition:

  1. A work by J.S. Bach
  2. A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  3. A work from the Romantic period
  4. A work from the 20th century (including the impressionistic period)

Note: All works to be performed from memory. 

Degree Page: Performance in Collaborative Piano (MM)

1) Solo piece(s) of piano repertoire – memorized & totaling approx. 10 minutes of music;

2) Two movements from a major work for wind or string instrument and piano to be chosen from the following list*:

  • Franck: Sonata in A-major for violin and piano, movements 1 & 2
  • Beethoven: Sonata in F major, Op. 24 “Spring”
  • Brahms: Sonata in F-minor, Op. 120, No. 1, movements 1 & 2
  • Brahms: Sonata in E-minor, Op. 38
  • Prokofiev: Sonata in D Major, Op. 92, movements 3 & 4

3) Three (3) songs, one in each of the following languages, to be selected from the following*:

German

  • Brahms: Botschaft / Meine Liebe ist grun
  • Schubert: Ganymede / Liebesbotschaft
  • Schumann: Waldesgespræch / Mondnacht
  • Strauss: Allerseelen / Standchen
  • Wolf: Er ist’s / In dem Schatten meiner Locken

French

  • Debussy: Il pleure dans mon Coeur / C’est l’extase
  • Duparc: Phidyle / Chanson triste
  • Faure: Mandoline / Clair de lune

English

  • Barber: The Monk and his Cat / The Desire for Hermitage
  • Argento: Spring
  • Vaughan-Williams / The Vagabond; Roadside Fire

4) Operatic Aria: Choose one of the following*:

  • Bizet: Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante (Micaëla, Carmen)
  • Massenet: Je suis encore tout étourdie (Manon, Manon)
  • Mozart: In quail eccessi . . . Mi tradì (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni)
  • Puccini: Si, mi chiamano Mimì (Mimì, La bohéme)
  • Stravinsky: Anne Truelove’s Aria and Cabaletta (The Rake’s Progress, Act I)

5) In addition to performance of the prepared repertoire, there will be a sight-reading component as well as an interview during the audition process. Applicants should bring a current repertoire list with them to the audition.

* Alternate selections may be allowed for the audition upon approval of the Director of the Collaborative Piano Program.

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

Prepare the following for a 15-minute audition:

  1. A work from the Baroque period
  2. A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  3. A work from the 19th or 20th century

Note: At least two works to be performed from memory.

FACULTY

Laura Amoriello (Secondary Piano & Piano Pedagogy): lamoriello@ithaca.edu

Diane Birr (Secondary Piano & Collaborative Piano): dbirr@ithaca.edu

Charis Dimaras (Piano & Collaborative Piano): cdimaras@ithaca.edu

Deborah Martin (Secondary Piano & Piano Pedagogy): dsmartin@ithaca.edu

Dmitri Novgorodsky (Piano): dnovgorodsky@ithaca.edu

Vadim Serebryany (Piano): vserebryany@ithaca.edu

Mike Titlebaum (Jazz Studies): mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu