College of Visual and Performing Arts

Audition requirements for piano and organ

Piano 

B.M. (Performance) degree - P400 

Prospective piano performance majors must play a memorized audition consisting of works in each of the following categories:*

  • J. S. Bach - a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier (preferably) or a similar work, such as a Toccata or at least two movements from a dance suite
  • A work of the Classical period, such as a representative sonata movement or set of variations by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (example: Beethoven, Sonata Op. 10, No. 1, first movement)
  • A work of the romantic period, such as a character piece by J. Brahms or a Nocturne by F. Chopin
  • A 20th or 21st century work, such as a Prelude by Debussy

*Works at the level above or higher are acceptable for the audition. The selected repertoire should include as much variety of tempo, character, and playing style as possible. Be prepared to also play major and minor scales and arpeggios, and to sight read.

B.M.E. (Music Education), B.S.M.T. (Music Therapy), B.S. (Music and an Outside Field) degrees - P300

Prospective piano concentration students (majors in the above degree/certificate programs whose main instrument is the piano) must play a memorized audition consisting of works chosen from three of the following categories:*

  • J. S. Bach: an Invention, dance movement, or similar work (example: Gavotte, from Bach‘s G Major French Suite)
  • Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven: a sonata movement, set of variations, or similar work (example: Mozart’s d minor Fantasy)
  • A short work from the romantic period, such as a Song Without Words by F. Mendelssohn
  • A short twentieth-century work, such as a piece from Bartók’s Mikrokosmos, vol. 4

*Works at the level above or higher are acceptable for the audition. The selected repertoire should include as much variety of tempo, character, and playing style as possible. Be prepared to also play major and minor scales and arpeggios, and to sight read.

Music Minor/Pre-Music/Secondary Piano Study - P200

Prospective piano students in the above areas should prepare an audition consisting of a minimum of two pieces in contrasting styles, with at least one being performed by memory. Be prepared to also play scales and arpeggios, and to sight read. Repertoire at the following level or higher is acceptable:

  • Pieces from J. S. Bach’s Anna Magdalena Notebook
  • Haydn’s Gypsy Dance
  • Schumann’s Album for the Young
  • Pieces Op. 27 or 39 by Kabalevsky

Note: Music Majors who wish to take piano as a secondary instrument must have passed the Piano Proficiency Examination to be eligible.

For further information, contact:
Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo (D.M.A.), Director of Keyboard Studies – 260-481-6723, tescaroh@ipfw.edu

Organ

Prospective Organ Students with organ background:
    Be prepared to play:
        A Baroque organ piece such as a J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue
        A contrasting 19th or 20th century work
    Bring a hymn to play
    You will be asked to sight read.


Prospective Organ Students without an organ background may study organ at the collegiate level with sufficiently strong keyboard skills.
    Be prepared to play on the piano music at the level of:
        Two-Part Invention by J. S. Bach
        Haydn or Mozart Sonata movement.
    You will also be asked to sight read.
   

For further information, contact:
Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo (D.M.A.), Director of Keyboard Studies – 260-481-6723, tescaroh@ipfw.edu