The College of Arts and Architecture

Piano

The School of Music is requiring the submission of recorded auditions via Acceptd for admission. Video audition submissions are due by January 20, 2021. Based on this video submission, applicants may be invited for a virtual interview to take place on January 30th. Please select the January 30 date on the scheduling form to reserve an interview time should your video audition pass the audition review. 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. Applicants will receive their virtual interview invitation no later than January 27, 2021. If invited for a virtual interview, applicants may be asked to perform major and minor scales, arpeggios, and sightread; please be prepared to interview close to a piano.

Auditionees for the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Musical Arts degrees in piano should prepare a program of at least 15 minutes of music (no popular music, please). The repertoire should be memorized and demonstrate advanced performance ability in various styles. Audition repertoire should be of comparable difficulty to the following:

  • a three-part sinfonia (three-part invention) or a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
  • one or two movements of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (excluding Beethoven's Sonatinas, Op. 49)
  • works by Romantic, Impressionist and/or Twentieth-century composers which require technical and musical poise

Pianists intending to pursue the Bachelor of Music Education, the Bachelor of Arts, or the performance minor should prepare repertoire of at least 10 minutes of music, including at least one memorized piece (no popular music, please). The audition should demonstrate the ability to study at an advanced level, with fluent performance of works in various styles comparable to the following:

  • a three-part sinfonia or a more difficult two-part invention by J. S. Bach (exceptions: nos. 1, 8, and 14)
  • the first movement or finale of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven. (Intermediate student repertoire such as Beethoven Op. 49 or Mozart K. 545 should be avoided.)
  • Romantic works of medium length (i.e. Chopin waltz or nocturne; Schubert impromptu; Schumann piece from Forest Scenes). A comparable Impressionist or later Twentieth-century piece may be substituted or offered in addition. At least one piece should demonstrate lyrical style and the use of the pedal.

Note: Transfer students will be evaluated in relation to the standards above for entering freshmen.

For directions about formally applying to Penn State, please visit Application Process. Once the application has been submitted, please schedule an audition by completing the online scheduling form.

Contact: Dr. Christopher Guzman

814-863-4405

cmg32@psu.edu