For your piano audition, you should prepare two contrasting solo works; one from the Baroque or Classical periods, and one from the Romantic, Impressionist, or 20th century.

Suggested repertoire for each historical period includes, but is not limited to:

  • Baroque – J.S. Bach preludes and fugues, suites or partitas; Handel suites
  • Classical – sonatas, or movements from sonatas, or variations by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • Romantic – works by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Franck, Fauré, Rachmaninoff or early Scriabin
  • Impressionist and 20th century – works by Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, late Scriabin, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Bartok, Hindemith, Copland or Barber

Preparation tips

Memorization is required. Arrangements of popular songs and works of a similar nature are not acceptable.

Recommended attire is semiformal.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Yin Zheng, associate professor of piano and director of keyboard studies.