The College of Arts and Architecture

Piano

Piano (Graduate) 

The School of Music is requiring the submission of recorded auditions for admission. For priority consideration for graduate assistantships, video audition submissions are due by February 15, 2021. Based on this video submission, applicants may be invited for a virtual interview to take place on February 20th, 27th or should these dates be full, another date to be scheduled by the piano faculty. Please select either the February 20th or 27th date on the application form to reserve an interview date should your video audition pass the audition review. Applicants will receive their virtual interview invitation no later than February 22, 2021. If invited for a virtual interview, applicants may be asked to sightread; please be prepared to interview close to a piano.

Please submit video web links; Youtube links are preferred, though other web platforms are acceptable. Each piece should be unedited, with a fixed camera angle that clearly shows the face, hands, and feet. WEB LINKS AND YOUR AUDITION REPERTOIRE LIST MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE “ADDITIONAL INFORMATION” SECTION OF YOUR GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION.


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 submit 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 submit 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 √©tude

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 audition submission.

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


Available teaching assistantships will be offered in March.

Contact: Christopher Guzman

814-863-4405

cmg32@psu.edu