Piano Audition Requirements

Piano (BM, BME, BA)

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

Prepare repertoire chosen from:

  • One prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach.
  • One movement from a sonata from the Classical period.
  • One representative work from either the Romantic Period (e.g. Chopin, Brahms, Schumann) or the 20th or 21st century.
  • Length of audition is 15 minutes. All music must be performed from memory.

Nordan Young Artist Award audition requirements

Interested applicants will prepare repertoire as listed above. For pre-screening submission requirements, a minimum of two selections of contrasting styles should be submitted as part of the Audition Request Application.

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Learn more about the piano program at TCU.

Masters candidates

Masters candidates should prepare repertoire chosen from:

  • A program of at least three works from different stylistic periods, to include a complete sonata or other large-scale composition
  • Length of audition is 20 minutes
  • All music must be performed from memory

DMA candidates

DMA Piano Students Pre-Screening Recording Requirements*

  • A recording of a minimum of three stylistic periods should be presented, including a major work from the classical period.
  • The recording must be a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • All music must be performed from memory.
  • Only video recordings will be accepted and must be an unedited, fixed camera recording from the last two (2) years. (Recordings can be uploaded as part of the School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application.)

Invited Piano DMA Students Final Audition Requirements*

  • A program of a minimum of three stylistic periods should be presented, including a major work from the classical period. The prepared program should be at least 60 minutes in length.
  • Length of live audition is 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute interview.
  • All music must be performed from memory.
  • Applicant must present a dossier at the audition which must include the audition program, a vita, and a repertoire list.

*Final DMA Auditions are by invitation only following review of the applicant’s pre-screening recording and application materials.

Learn more about the piano program at TCU.

Artist Diploma candidates should prepare repertoire chosen from:

  • One work from the Baroque period
  • One complete sonata from the Classical period
  • One major work from the 19th century
  • Two etudes of virtuosity, one of which must be by Chopin
  • One work from the 20th or 21st century
  • Length of live audition is 20 minutes
  • All music must be performed from memory

Learn more about the piano program at TCU.