The College of Arts and Architecture

Piano

There is no pre-screening required.

Those auditioning for the M.M. in Piano Performance, the M.M. in Pedagogy and Performance (with track in piano), or the Professional Performance Certificate should prepare a program equivalent to an undergraduate performance degree senior recital (around 40-60 minutes total). For example:

  • a complete Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart sonata of significant size and difficulty (Beethoven's Op. 49 is unacceptable)
  • a Chopin ballade or comparable romantic work
  • a Baroque work (e.g. an advanced prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach)
  • an Impressionist or contemporary work of similar difficulty

The program is flexible; applicants are not required to include all of these sample categories.


Those auditioning for the D.M.A.in Piano Performance should prepare a program of 50-60 minutes, equivalent in technical difficulty to an M.M. performance degree recital, and must show potential ability to perform professionally. Required in your program are:

  • any major work by Johann Sebastian Bach. Preludes and fugues are permitted. (No transcriptions)
  • one complete major classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
  • one substantial work representing nineteenth-century romanticism and/or early twentieth-century impressionism
  • either one 20th or 21st-century work of at least five minutes in length by a composer post-dating impressionism - OR one virtuosic ├ętude

All selections must be memorized with the possible exception of avant-garde works of the 20th and 21st-centuries. These exceptions must be approved by the faculty before scheduling an audition.

Specific questions about repertoire may be addressed to any member of the piano faculty: Christopher Guzman, Jose Mendez, or Timothy Shafer.


A live audition for all degrees is preferred. However, international students and others who may not be able to travel to the University Park campus to audition are may submit a DVD or YouTube links (please see Recorded vs. Live Auditions.)

Please send a DVD recording and Supervised Recording Statement to:

School of Music Graduate Admissions
The Pennsylvania State University
233 Music Building
University Park, PA 16802-1901

Youtube links may be emailed to Professor Christopher Guzman at cmg32@psu.edu

To schedule a live audition, please complete the online audition scheduling form. If unable to meet any of the audition date options, please email Christopher Guzman at cmg32@psu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Auditionees should plan to be present from 10:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m on the day of the audition as the piano faculty may schedule meeting times and call-back auditions with some candidates.

Available teaching assistantships will be offered in early March, and late auditionees will be at a competitive disadvantage. Those applicants auditioning for assistantships may be asked to sightread at the audition.

Contact: Christopher Guzman
814-863-4405
cmg32@psu.edu