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All students applying for entry into the fall 2021 semester must record all pieces in their entirety according to the repertoire requirements below. For further information on audition procedures for the coming year, please click here.

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire

Undergraduate piano applications must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by December 1. The video must include:

  • A complete classical sonata
  • A romantic work of at least 10 minutes in length Several shorter works can be combined, such as Brahms Op. 118, Nos. 1-3, or a movement of a large sonata (Chopin, Schumann, etc.). 
  • A virtuosic etude

The following is the subsequent audition repertoire to be submitted after pre-screening:

  • Baroque – a prelude and fugue or any other work containing a fugue by J.S. Bach
  • Classical – complete sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert. Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 49 Nos 1 and 2 may not be used to fulfill this requirement
  • Romantic – a major solo work by a 19th-century composer For example, Chopin’s Ballades, Scherzi, or Sonatas; Brahms’ Op. 118 or 119 (complete); Liszt’s Dante Sonata, Vallee d’Obermann, or a Hungarian Rhapsody. Note: A Chopin nocturne or etude may not be used to fulfill this requirement
  • 20th and 21st Century – a representative 20th or 21st Century Work
  • Etude – a virtuoso etude by one of the following composers: Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Bartok, Ligeti, or Stravinsky
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY: Must present one additional virtuosic etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, or Rachmaninoff

Graduate Audition Repertoire

Pre-Screening

MM and GPD applicants who are not current Peabody students must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by December 1. Repertoire includes:

  • A complete classical sonata
  • A complete major romantic work
  • A virtuosic etude

DMA applicants must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by December 1. The material on the video should be a 50-60 minutes of music that represents three style periods. A video recording of a recital can be used if it was performed within the past two years. Selections on the recording do not have to be the same ones you will perform for your audition.

AD applicants must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by December 1. The material on the video should be 60-70 minutes of music of your choice.

PLEASE NOTE: Current Peabody students applying for the DMA and AD programs MUST submit videos for pre-screening.

Audition Repertoire

MM applicants must prepare a program of 50 to 60 minutes which includes three style periods. A complete classical sonata, a major romantic work, and one virtuosic etude are required. Remaining works are to be chosen by the applicant. All works must be prepared in their entirety.

GPD applicants must prepare a recital program, 60 minutes in length, of repertoire representing at least three style periods and including at least two large-scale works.

DMA applicants must prepare a program of no less than 60 minutes’ duration, representing at least three style periods, and including at least two large-scale works. Your audition schedule will include a mandatory advising session, most likely on the day of your audition. You will be advised on the next steps in the process based on preliminary results from your audition. Continuing with the DMA placement exams and interview will be an option for some. Alternative programs may be suggested for others. Official decisions will be made after considering all results. You will learn of the outcome in the usual time frame. Learn more about the process.

AD applicants must prepare a program of no less than 70 minutes duration, representing at least three style periods and including at least two large-scale works.