Piano Studies

Piano Auditions

 

All prospective and transfer students must first submit an application for admission to the Steinhardt School at New York University before scheduling an audition below. You can find information on the application process through the appropriate admissions office. 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Graduate Admissions

Audition Dates and Registration Information

No pre-screening is required.

Piano: undergraduate* and master's** auditions***

Solo Concentration Auditions:

Early Decision I and II applicants are required to submit a live audition video via the GetAcceptd protocol by November 1 (Early Decision I) or January 1 (Early Decision II).
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10am-6pm (
undergraduate, graduate, adv. certificate applicants)
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 10am-6pm (undergraduate, graduate, adv. certificate applicants)
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10am-6pm (undergraduate, graduate, adv. certificate applicants)
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10am-6pm (undergraduate, graduate, adv. certificate applicants)

Click here to use an online form to schedule your audition after you have applied. Master's students applying for Collaborative Piano (Instrumental or Vocal) should not use this online audition form but should instead contact Dr. Grant Wenaus, Director of Collaborative Piano Studies, at grant.wenaus@nyu.edu to schedule a live audition.

Audition location is 75 3rd Ave (room C205).

Music Education majors who play piano should schedule their audition through Music Ed here.

Auditions for Master's Applicants in Solo Piano after April 8 by appointment with Dr. Marilyn Nonken only. To schedule one of these auditions, contact Dr. Nonken at marilyn.nonken@nyu.edu.

*The last audition date for undergraduate freshman applicants is February 26.

**Master's students who audition by February 26 are considered for a combination of Steinhardt School and Department scholarships. However, master's students who audition after that date are only considered for Department scholarships. Steinhardt School scholarships are distributed immediately after the February auditions.

***If you cannot audition in person, you may submit an audition video online via GetAccetpd instructions here.

All submissions for Regular Decision should be received by January 1 or as soon as possible after the submitted application. Early Decision I submissions should be received by November 1, and Early Decision II submissions should be received by January 1.

Note for Prospective Transfer Students:
Though NYU's deadline for Spring transfer admission is November 1 and our deadline for Summer/Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application one month in advance. Submitting your Common Application early will leave you more time to schedule an audition by our deadlines above.

Required Repertoire

Applicants in Piano Studies must bring a resume and repertoire lists to their audition. Repertoire must be memorized, although exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for certain 20th- and 21st-century works. 

Undergraduate

  • One work by J.S. Bach including a fugue
  • Two movements of a sonata by Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven
  • One Romantic composition
  • One 20th-century or 21st-century composition
    • Original compositions are not acceptable for this category.

Graduate

All works must be prepared in their entirety. All must be performed by memory, with the exception on a case-by-case basis of certain contemporary compositions.

Master's (Concentration in Solo Piano), Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and Dual Degree

Required Audition Repertoire:

  • A Bach prelude and fugue, suite, or partita
  • A complete Classical sonata
  • One work by Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt or Rachmaninoff
  • One work written between 1900 and 1945
  • One work written after 1945
    • Original compositions are not acceptable for this category.

Master's Degree in Piano Performance (Concentration in Collaborative Piano)

Prepare the following:

1. Solo Piano selection
One memorized solo piano piece or movement of a solo piece (not exceeding 7 min.) from the following list: 

  • A Bach prelude and fugue, suite, or partita
  • A Classical sonata
  • A work by Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt or Rachmaninoff
  • A work written between 1900 and 1945
  • A work written after 1945
    • Original compositions are not acceptable for this category.
2. Song Repertoire
All of the following songs. A singer will be provided to rehearse and perform with you at the audition:
 
DEBUSSY: "Green" (A-flat) or "Il pleure dans mon coeur" (G-sharp)
SCHUBERT: "Ganymed" (A-flat) or "Liebesbotschaft" (G major)
BARBER: "St. Ita's Vision" (high key)
WILLSON: "My White Night" (from The Music Man, from the original Piano/Vocal score)*
* please contact grant.wenaus@nyu.edu if you have problems locating this score
 
3. One Opera Aria OR a complete Violin Sonata
Choose one Aria from the following list to sing and play simultaneously in the original language:
 
MOZART: "Hai gia vinta la causa - Vedrò mentr'io sospiro" (Count's aria from Le Nozze di Figaro)
PUCCINI: "Quando m'en vo" (Musetta's waltz from La Bohème)
STRAVINSKY: "No word from Tom - I go to Him" (Anne Trulove's aria from The Rake's Progress)
STRAUSS: "Sien wir wieder gut..." (Composer's aria from Ariadne auf Naxos)
VERDI: "Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera" (Violetta's aria from La Traviata)
 
OR Choose one of the following Violin Sonatas to perform in it's entirety; a violinist will be provided to rehearse and perform with you at your audition.
 
BRAHMS: Piano and Violin Sonata in A major, Op.100 
BEETHOVEN: Piano and Violin Sonata in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

4. Sight Reading

5. Faculty Interview

Doctoral

PhD applicants should prepare a full recital program from which they will be asked to perform a maximum of 30 minutes. All doctoral auditions are to be performed live. A video audition may be submitted in exceptional circumstances. Please contact Dr. Marilyn Nonken directly at marilyn.nonken@nyu.edu for an appointment and with any questions regarding audition repertoire. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit to Dr. Nonken a resume and repertoire list.