Graduate Classical Piano Audition Requirements

The deadlines for receipt of all audition materials, including recordings and a completed audition form, are:

     November 15, 2021 – for admission in Spring 2022
     March 2, 2022 – for Regular Decision for admission in Fall 2022

Prior to recording your audition, you MUST contact your performance area coordinator:

     Karen Walwyn
     Coordinator of Classical Piano Studies
     kwalwyn@howard.edu
     202-806-7092

Once you have recorded your audition and uploaded it to a private YouTube channel,

     • download a computer-fillable audition form and complete the appropriate sections;
     • open a new email, address it to your performance area coordinator, and attach the audition form;
     place the link to your recorded audition materials in the body of the email; and
      send the email to your performance area coordinator by the applicable audition deadline.


Graduate Classical Piano Audition Requirements

All major and minor scales and arpeggii;

Solo works (no concerti) from the following eras and composers:

     • Bach: prelude and fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier, or a complete suite or other work, including a movement in fugal texture;

     • Beethoven: a complete sonata (excluding Op. 49);

     • a 19th-century Romantic work;

     • a 20th century work; and

     • an extended composition of the applicant's choice, e.g., a Chopin Ballade or Brahms Rhapsody.

Classical Piano
solo works from the following eras: Baroque Period: a Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier, a complete suite or partita by Bach or a sonata by Scarlatti; Classical Period: A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven; Romantic Period: an extended work by one of the major Romantic Period composers such as Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, etc.; 20th Century Period: A complete larger work or sonata by composers such as Bartok, Prokofiev, etc.; an extended composition of the applicant's choice e.g., an extended work by a living composer, 21st Century, an African American composer, or a concerto performance with a second piano accompaniment or with orchestra. The video(s) need to be identified with both the name of the applicant along with the name of the composer and the work. After the video has been evaluated, the prospective graduate student will be invited to a virtual meeting for an interview and sight-reading with the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies.

An interview will follow the audition—either immediately after a live audition, or by Zoom or telephone call at a future scheduled time for a recorded audition.