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Graduate Piano Audition Requirements

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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL GRADUATE PIANO AUDITIONS

Graduate auditions and interviews will be held in both in-person and virtual formats for 2022. Applicants are encouraged to consider a live, in-person audition as it affords a better opportunity to get to know the piano faculty, the School of Music, and the city of Athens. Both audition formats will be given equal consideration for admission, teaching assistantships, and financial aid.

  • Regardless of chosen audition format, a prescreening round is required for all graduate piano programs.
  • Prescreening materials are due by December 1. Results will be communicated by December 22.
  • Applicants should follow UGA’s three-step application process and submit all required materials as requested by the application.
  • Additionally, all graduate piano applicants are asked to submit prescreening videos (scroll down for repertoire requirements) and a repertoire list.

*Note: Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, only applicants who submit their materials by December 1 will be considered for teaching assistantships and other financial support.

LIVE AUDITION DATES

Candidates who successfully pass the prescreening round will be invited to audition live on campus. Our 2022 live audition dates are January 29, February 5, and February 6.

VIDEO AUDITION DEADLINES

While in-person auditions are encouraged, applicants who successfully pass the prescreening round may choose to submit a prerecorded video in place of a live audition.

  • Videos are due by February 1.
  • Additional online interviews for assistantship consideration will be scheduled in early to mid-February
  • Candidates should be prepared to sight-read as part of the interview.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

PRESCREENING REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

*All solo performances must be memorized (collaborative repertoire is the one exception). Recordings should have been made within the past two years.

  • MM Performance: 20 minutes; must include at least three different solo selections.
  • MM Pedagogy: 20 minutes; must include at least two different solo selections.
  • MM Collaborative: 20 minutes; must include at least three different selections.
    • Ideally, one selection should be with an instrumental partner, one with a singer, and one solo. If a candidate is unable to organize this, substitutions are fine as long as at least one selection is recorded with a partner, vocal or instrumental. The remaining two selections can be solo or collaborative with a partner.
  • DMA in Piano Performance: 30 minutes; must include at least three different solo selections.
FINAL ROUND REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

*All solo performances must be memorized (collaborative repertoire is the one exception). If auditioning via video, recordings should have been made within the past two years.

  • MM Performance: Prepare a memorized program of not less than 40 minutes that includes contrasting works from at least three different style periods. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.
     
  • MM Collaborative:
    • A memorized work for solo piano from the standard repertoire which best demonstrates the applicant's musicianship and keyboard technique. 
    • A group of three vocal works from the standard art song and/or aria repertoire.
    • Two contrasting movements from an instrumental sonata, selected from the Classical or Romantic period. Either two movements from the same sonata or from two different sonatas are acceptable.
      • Sight-reading will also be evaluated. Depending on repertoire, a collaborative partner may be provided for the live audition. Recorded auditions should be with a partner. Contact Dr. Liza Stepanova at lstepan@uga.edu if you wish to request any exceptions.
  • MM Pedagogy: Prepare a memorized program of no less than 30 minutes that includes contrasting works from at least three different style periods. 
    • Sight-reading will also be evaluated. With any questions regarding the MM Pedagogy degree and audition, please contact Dr. Grace Huang, grace.huang@uga.edu
  • DMA in Piano Performance: Prepare a memorized program of not less than 50 minutes that includes contrasting works from at least three different style periods. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VIDEO RECORDINGS

  • Your camera should remain in a fixed point, and please check that you are in focus. No panning techniques should be used.  
  • Your hands and fingers must be visible. 
  • We recommend the use of an external microphone to ensure good quality sound.  
  • The piano should be in good condition (in tune and well-maintained). 

Teaching Assistantships

All graduate applicants are automatically considered for teaching assistantships in the piano area. To be eligible for piano area assistantships (Class Piano and/or Accompanying) as well as opportunities in other areas (Aural Skills and Theory), complete applications must be submitted by the December 1, 2021 deadline. Applicants are encouraged to include relevant teaching and/or accompanying experience on their resume and be prepared to discuss this experience during final round interviews.

CONTACT

With questions about the Acceptd and Graduate School applications, contact the School of Music Graduate Office, musicgrad@uga.edu

With piano audition and repertoire questions, contact Dr. Liza Stepanova, lstepan@uga.edu

Questions about the MM Pedagogy degree and application should be directed at Dr. Grace Huang, grace.huang@uga.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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