The College of Arts and Architecture

Recorded Audition vs. Live Audition - Undergraduate Piano

The piano faculty prefers to hear auditionees in person for admission and scholarship evaluation because we believe in the value of face-to-face contact as well as “live” music-making. We also believe it is in our potential students' best interests to visit our campus and facilities and to meet us in person before deciding to attend Penn State.

If a journey to Penn State represents a significant hardship, permission may be requested to send a DVD recording instead. We normally grant this permission only to freshman applicants who live beyond a radius of 300 miles from the University Park campus.

If permission is granted by the piano faculty to submit a DVD recording, the stated audition repertoire suggestions should be followed. In addition to the repertoire, please add at least one scale and arpeggio representing the tonality of each piece on the program.

The DVD should be prepared with high quality equipment. A recording of an actual public performance is advantageous. A single camera should be used. Editing is permitted between pieces and between movements of larger works, but not within a piece or movement. If the recording is made in a studio, please play on a well-tuned grand piano.

If you submit a recorded audition in place of a live audition, please also submit the supervised recording statement along with your recorded audition. Please do not place paper covers over the DVD as this may cause the disc to malfunction.

Once the audition materials are prepared, please follow these steps:

1. Complete and submit the online scheduling form. Under “Audition Dates,” click “other.” In the adjacent box, type in “recorded audition.”

2. Clearly label the recording with your name, Penn State ID #(if applicable), instrument, repertoire titles/composers, address, phone number, and email address. This information may be listed on the case or enclosed on a separate sheet of paper.

3. Your recording should arrive no later than one week before the last audition day. Please send it to:

Irene Kohute
Undergraduate Music Admissions
234 Music Building
University Park, PA 16802

You will be notified when the recording has been received.

Note: Do not send your recording with your application to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.