Keyboard: Suggested Audition Materials

  • Piano

    Suggested audition material for the BSEd, BA, or BFA Composition degrees:

    Select two different compositions or comparable repertoire from the following (at least one piece must be memorized):

    • J.S. Bach, Two and Three Part Inventions, (except No. 1)
    • J.S. Bach, Six French Suites, (prepare a courante or gigue)
    • W.A. Mozart, a first movement of a sonata except the C Major Sonata, K, 545
    • L. Van Beethoven, a first movement of a sonata except  the Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2 — (1st movement); (Moonlight Sonata), or Op. 49, No. 2 - G.
    • F.J. Haydn, a first movement of a sonata
    • B. Bartok, a piece from Book 4, 5 or 6 of the Mikrokosmos
    • Schumann, Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (prepare one)

    Suggested audition material for the BFA in Music Performance:

    • Major works representing three different styles from period literature of the composers: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Copland, and others. Please prepare 20 minutes of memorized music.

    Please note:  Sonatina movements by Clementi or Kuhlau or other composers of comparable difficulty are not acceptable. Please contact Henry Wong Doe ( if you have questions about your repertoire selection.


    All organ applicants should prepare two works of contrasting style and one hymn. One of the two works should be from the Baroque Era. The hymn selection should include at least three registration changes (i.e., an introduction with two stanzas or three stanzas, each stanza reflecting a different registration). At least one work must be memorized.

    Suggested audition material for BSEd, BA, or BFA Composition degrees should be as follows:

    • A chorale-prelude, prelude and fugue, one trio sonata, or Mendelssohn sonata movement written. Works can be by any of the following composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Dietrich Buxtehude, or Felix Mendelssohn. Additional literature can be taken from Harold Gleason’s Method of Organ Playing or Roger Davis’ The Organist’s Manual (most recent edition). Prior to the scheduled audition, all applicants are required to provide a list of works to be played and editions to be used.

    Suggested audition material for a BFA Music Performance degree should be as follows:

    • Two works of contrasting style. One work should be written by J. S. Bach from one of the following genres: chorale-prelude (from the “Great Eighteen” (Leipzig), Neumeister or the Schübler Chorales); a large prelude and fugue; a one trio sonata movement. The other selection should be written by any one of the following composers or their contemporaries: Johannes Brahms, Jean Langlais, Felix Mendelssohn, Olivier Messiaen, or Charles-Marie Widor. All applicants are encouraged to seek approval to perform literature written by other composers born in the 20th century. Prior to the scheduled audition, all applicants are required to provide the list of editions to be used.
    • A hymn to be played.


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