Piano Studies at Susquehanna University

Audition Information


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2012 Audition Dates                    Audition Repertoire Requirements for Pianists                   Scholarships

The Music Department at Susquehanna University offers the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Music Education, as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. All students seeking admission to the Department of Music must submit an application for admission to the Susquehanna University Admissions Office before the department can hear an audition. Each student who seeks admission to any of the university's Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music degree programs is required to audition for the music faculty.

Click here to schedule an audition for admission to the Fall 2010 semester. Any student wishing to be considered for a music scholarship or a non-major performance grant must audition on or before February 27, 2010.

Interested students are encouraged to visit campus during the academic year so they can meet other music students and faculty. Overnight campus visits, hosted by music major students, are also available. For more information on campus visits, please contact the Music Admissions Coordinator at musicdept@susqu.edu. For more information on the piano program at Susquehanna, please feel free to email Dr. Niskala.

 

Scholarship Information
Each year the University awards several music scholarships valued at $4,000 to $40,000 over four years. Students who plan to major in music and wish to compete for these scholarships must audition on or before the last regularly scheduled Saturday audition day. Students who do not plan to major in music but wish to be considered for a $1,000 performance grant must also audition on or before the last regularly scheduled Saturday audition day.

 

2012 Audition Dates
Auditions will be held on five Saturdays between late January 2012 and through the month of February 2012. Please check back soon for our 2012 audition dates.

 

Audition Repertoire Requirements for Pianists

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Perform three pieces, at least two from memory. One should be a movement from a classical period sonata. The other two pieces should be from contrasting styles and periods.
Play major and minor scales and arpeggios in any key.
Sight-reading will also be requested.
Please download and fill out the Repertoire List and bring it to your audition.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Perform two pieces of contrasting styles and periods. It is recommended that at least one piece be performed from memory.
Play major and minor scales and arpeggios in any key.
Sight-reading will also be requested.
Please download and fill out the Repertoire List and bring it to your audition.

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Perform two pieces of contrasting styles and periods, from score or from memory.
Play major and minor scales and arpeggios in any key.
Sight-reading will also be requested.
Please download and fill out the Repertoire List and bring it to your audition.

Non-major Performance Grants
Perform two pieces of contrasting styles and periods, from score or from memory.
Play major and minor scales and arpeggios in any key.
Sight-reading will also be requested.

 

Suggested Repertoire
This list is provided to give prospective students and their teachers an idea of audition repertoire. No specific works are required for the audition, rather, this list is provided to help students and their teachers prepare for the audition.

     J. S. Bach:               Any prelude and fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier, Books I or II
     Bartok:                     Mikrokosmos, Volume V or VI (any piece)
                                       Allegro Barbaro
     Beethoven:             Any sonata, first movement
     Brahms:                   Any piece from Op. 76, Op. 79, Op. 116, Op. 117, Op. 118, or Op. 119
     Chopin:                   Any waltz, impromptu, nocturne, ballade, or scherzo
     Debussy:                Préludes, Book I or II (any prelude)
     Haydn:                    Any sonata, first movement
     Mozart:                    Any sonata, first movement
     Prokofiev:               Sarcasms
     Schubert:               Any impromptu
     Schumann:            Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 (any piece)

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