How to Audition for MM in Piano Performance

How to Audition for MM in Piano Performance

All prospective students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Apply for the Solo Piano Concentration, the Collaborative Piano or the Dual Degree.

Schedule Your Audition

Solo Piano:

Use our online form to schedule your audition after you have applied.

Auditions for master's applicants in Solo Piano after February 25 are by appointment with Dr. Marilyn Nonken only. To schedule one of these auditions, contact Dr. Marilyn Nonken.

Collaborative Piano:

Please see pre-screening and audition requirements below.

Audition Dates

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Please note
: Master's students who audition by February 25 are considered for a combination of Steinhardt School and department scholarships. However, master's students who audition after that date are only considered for departmental scholarships. Steinhardt School scholarships are distributed immediately after the February auditions.

Audition Details and Requirements

The audition will take place at 75 3rd Ave, room C205.

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

Master's in Piano Performance: 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 in Piano Performance: Collaborative Piano

Master's students applying for Collaborative Piano are required to submit a video pre-screening submission prior to being invited to a live audition. In this process, you will make short videos and upload them to GetAcceptd. All pre-screening submissions must be uploaded by January 6, 2018. Materials submitted after this date may not be accepted.

Rather than a single long video, we would like six separate clips: the introduction and one video for each of the five songs. It's easier for us to review and easier for you to shoot. We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video.

Pre-screening video requirements

Introduction:

  • Please clearly say your name, the city you are from, and the titles of the songs that you are going to play.
  • Include the concentration for which you are auditioning (Collaborative Piano) and the degree level you would be entering (master's).

Five (5) musical theatre songs, one from each of the following categories:

  • Groove
  • Ballad
  • Pop-Rock
  • Golden Age
  • One song from one of the following composers: George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Leonard Bernstein

After uploading the pre-screening submission, your materials will be reviewed by our faculty. If, following the review, we require an in-person audition, you will be sent an email invitation, with several choices of dates on which to appear. The review process can take anywhere from 2–4 weeks. If you are invited to an audition, you must prepare materials according to the guidelines below.

Required audition repertoire

Seven (7) selections must be prepared:

  • Two (2) contrasting solos of the applicant's choice, from the classical or musical theatre repertoire

One musical theatre song from each of the following categories:

  • Groove
  • Ballad
  • Pop-Rock
  • Golden Age
  • One song from one of the following composers: George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Leonard Bernstein

Students will be required to sight-read two songs and play from a lead sheet/chord chart improvising the groove and feel of the song.