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How to Audition

BM, Piano Studies

All prospective and transfer students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Apply for undergraduate study.

For the continued safety of all involved, Piano Studies will only accept video auditions for Spring 2023.

Applicants may submit video auditions via the GetAcceptd protocol. Audition videos may be submitted at any point after the application for admission. Those who submit videos prior to the audition video deadline of February 21, 2023, will be given priority in consideration for scholarships and teaching appointments.

Audition Details and Requirements

Audition repertoire must be memorized and works played in their entirety, except where indicated. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis; applicants with questions should contact Dr. Manuel Laufer.

Individual works may not be edited, and it is preferred that all repertoire be recorded in a single take. 

Required Repertoire

Undergraduate applicants must present four works, selected from five possible eras: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Post-1945. The following, sometimes overlapping timespans should be used as a reference. No two pieces chosen should be from the same time period or overlapping years.

  • Baroque (to ca. 1750)
  • Classical (ca. 1750–ca. 1830); a complete classical sonata is preferred
  • Romantic (ca. 1830–1899); a single movement of a sonata is acceptable
  • Modern (1900–1945)
  • Post-1945 (1945–2022); original compositions may also be offered as a supplement, but not instead of this requirement.