Audition Information

Scholarships and assistantships are available by audition.

To schedule an audition or for more information, please contact the keyboard faculty via e-mail at keyboardfaculty@usm.edu.

KEYBOARD FACULTY
Dr. Michael Bunchman, collaborative piano
Dr. Ellen Elder, piano
Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano
Dr. Samuel Porter, organ

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
For a complete list of audition requirements, click here (.pdf)

 

Piano and Collaborative Piano
Please check your repertoire choices with any member of the piano faculty before proceeding.

 

Piano

Undergraduate Students

BA - Three pieces, with one being memorized.
BME - Three pieces (or movements) of contrasting style periods, with at least two memorized, from the standard piano repertoire.
BM - Three pieces (or movements) of contrasting style periods, with all three memorized, from the standard piano repertoire.

 

Graduate Students

MM Piano Performance The audition must be memorized, be at least 30 minutes in length. It must include works from at least three different periods of music (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, or Contemporary).

DMA in Piano Performance The audition must be a full, memorized recital. It must include works from at least three different periods of music (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Contemporary). The faculty may select portions from the repertoire submitted.

 

Collaborative Piano

MM and DMA Collaborative Piano Performance – Prescreening Requirements

  • Two contrasting movements from a standard duo sonata for piano and instrument: e.g. Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Franck, Schumann, Poulenc, Mozart
  • Two contrasting art songs from the German, French, or English vocal repertoire: e.g. Schumann, Schubert, Duparc, Fauré, Barber, Vaughan Williams

MM in Collaborative Piano Performance Live Audition

  • Two contrasting movements from the standard duo instrumental repertoire e.g. Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Franck
  • The first movement from a Mozart orchestral reduction. Choose one from the following:
    Violin: K. 216 in G major, K. 218 in D major, or K. 219 in A major
    Flute: K. 313/285c in G major
    Oboe: K. 314/271k in C major
    Clarinet: K. 622 in A major
    Bassoon: K. 191 in Bb major
  • Prepare 2 songs in ​each​ language, German, French and English (Total six songs).   Below is a sample of the types of songs to include for you audition. .  They can include these selections, but you may also prepare your own.  We will select two total for you to perform at your audition.

German

J. Brahms  ​ ​Meine Liebe ist grün or ​Wie melodien zieht es mir
F. Schubert ​ ​Gretchen am Spinnrade ​or​ ​Im Frühling
​R. Schumann ​Mondnacht or ​Widmung

French

H. Duparc ​Extase or ​Chanson Triste
C. Debussy ​ ​Il pleure dans mon coeur or ​C'est l'extase
G. Fauré ​Mandoline or ​Notre amour

English

Barber ​The Desire for Hermitage or ​The Monk and his Cat
A. Copland ​Heart! We Will Forget Him!
R. Vaughan Williams ​The Vagabond or The Roadside Fire

 

DMA in Collaborative Piano Performance Live Audition

  • A complete standard instrumental sonata for piano and strings, winds or brass.   e.g. Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Franck
  • The first movement from a Mozart orchestral reduction. Choose one from the following:
    Violin: K. 216 in G major, K. 218 in D major, or K. 219 in A major
    Flute: K. 313/285c in G major
    Oboe: K. 314/271k in C major
    Clarinet: K. 622 in A major
    Bassoon: K. 191 in Bb major
  • Prepare 2 songs in ​each​ language, German, French and English (Total six songs).   Below is a sample of the types of songs to include for you audition. .  They can include these selections, but you may also prepare your own.  We will select two total for you to perform at your audition.

German

J. Brahms  ​ ​Meine Liebe ist grün or ​Wie melodien zieht es mir
F. Schubert ​ ​Gretchen am Spinnrade ​or​ ​Im Frühling
​R. Schumann ​Mondnacht or ​Widmung

French

H. Duparc ​Extase or ​Chanson Triste
C. Debussy ​ ​Il pleure dans mon coeur or ​C'est l'extase
G. Fauré ​Mandoline or ​Notre amour

English

Barber ​The Desire for Hermitage or ​The Monk and his Cat
A. Copland ​Heart! We Will Forget Him!
R. Vaughan Williams ​The Vagabond or The Roadside Fire