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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Piano


Updated August 2021
Professor Gilles Vonsattel,
Note: Jazz Piano applicants are not required to perform a classical piano audition.

Live Audition Requirements


  • A representative piece from the Baroque period such as an Invention by Bach.
  • The first movement of a sonata such as those by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 202 and 545) or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79).
  • A piece from the Romantic Era or modern literature.


  • Major and minor scales played in four octaves, two hands.
  • Major and minor arpeggios played in four octaves, two hands.
  • A rudimentary sight reading test will be administered to each student.


Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Prepare a video performance of the Repertoire portion of the Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • A link to the video must be submitted with the Music Application. Raw video files are not acceptable.