Collaborative Piano Audition Requirements

Masters Candidates (MM)

A prescreening video is required of all applicants as explained below. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

All applicants applying for graduate studies and scholarship consideration must audition for the piano faculty. 

All auditions must be completed by February 19.

For admission into the TCU School of Music and scholarship consideration, applicants are encouraged to audition in person before the TCU piano faculty.

Collaborative piano applicants should submit a repertoire list of both solo and collaborative repertoire with the online application to be uploaded as part of the School of Music Admission Application.

Both the prescreening repertoire selections and the live audition repertoire selections must be indicated on the online application.

MM Collaborative Piano Prescreening Video Requirements*

  1. First or last movement from a major instrumental duo sonata, including but not limited to, the sonatas of Mozart (K. 301 and up), Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Franck, Faure, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Copland, or Shostakovich
  2. Two art songs/lieder/mélodie in two contrasting styles and languages
  3. A substantial solo work/movement of at least 10 minutes in duration (must contrast in style with the instrumental duo sonata selection; memorized)
  4. After initial submission, applicants who choose an online-only audition may be asked to submit (upload) an additional recording of a piano part from a vocal piece (TBD) within one week of assignment. This replaces the sight-reading portion of a live audition
  • Items 1 and 2 above should be recorded with the instrumental/vocal partner in camera view.
  • Prescreening video recordings must be unedited, with a fixed camera position, and audio must be of high quality. Audio only will not be accepted. Recordings should be from the last two (2) years.

*Final MM Auditions are by invitation only following review of the applicant’s prescreening recording and application materials.

Invited Collaborative Piano MM Audition Requirements**

  1. First or last movement from a major instrumental duo sonata, including but not limited to, the sonatas of Mozart (K. 301 and up), Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Franck, Faure, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Copland, or Shostakovich
  2. Two art songs/lieder/mélodie in two contrasting styles and languages
  3. A substantial solo work/movement of at least 10 minutes in duration (must contrast in style to the instrumental duo sonata selection and may be the same work offered in the pre-screening stage; memorized)
  4. Sight-reading
  • Length of live audition is 20 minutes.
  • Applicants are encouraged to bring their own collaborative partners for the live audition. TCU may provide partners for applicants unable to bring their own with sufficient advance notice only. Applicants must indicate their request for TCU-provided collaborative partners in their online application and submit the application as early as possible in the season—preferably by January 1, 2022to ensure availability of instrumental/vocal partners from TCU. Any changes in the status of collaborative audition partners should be communicated as soon as possible to Michael Bukhman, collaborative piano faculty.

For questions regarding specific piano audition repertoire, contact Dr. Michael Bukhman at m.bukhman@tcu.edu.