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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: 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.

Due to remote auditions, all collaborative piano auditionees should consult with the Coordinator of the program, Dr. Diane Birr (dbirr@ithaca.edu) to determine appropriate repertoire alternatives to the established audition selections, if necessary. 

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: 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.

Message from the Music Admission Team

At Ithaca College, we value all voices and encourage you to bring your authentic self to your audition. Throughout your application and audition process, our Faculty and Admission Team will always seek potential over perfection, and look forward to discovering the unique perspectives and backgrounds you could bring to the School of Music community.

Our team strives to foster equitable and inclusive practices in our auditions, while identifying areas where additional attention is needed to affect change. Please visit this page to learn about the different audition options available this year, and do not hesitate to reach out to us at music@ithaca.edu with any questions.
-IC Music Admission Team
Bradley Whittemore and Felice Doynov

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