Piano Audition

Admission to the ETSU Department of Music

as a Piano Major or Minor

and for all Piano Scholarships


 

 

Piano Degree Programs:

Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance
Bachelor of Music, Vocal/Keyboard Music Education*
Minor in Music, Piano Concentration

* The Bachelor of Music, Vocal/Keyboard Music Education requires two SEPARATE auditions: One for piano and one for voice. For the voice audition requirements, please see Vocal Auditions.  

 

Any student seeking to MAJOR or MINOR in piano at ETSU must complete the following steps.

 

1. Apply for general admission to the university. Information about applying to ETSU can be found at: 

         Apply to East Tennessee State University

2. Once you have been accepted to the university at large, you must audition for the Department of Music with the instrumental faculty. 


  • First:   Read the audition repertoire requirements below.
  • Second:   Submit  the Online Audition Form
  • Third:    You will receive a response from ETSU faculty on what repertoire is required to prepare for your audition.  
  • Fourth:   Schedule your audition date & time via email with ETSU faculty. Piano auditions will be held on:
      • Saturday, February 7, 2015
      • Monday, February 23, 2015
      • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3. Once you have auditioned, you will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance or rejection to the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date. Information regarding scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.

4. If you are accepted as a music major or minor and/or you are awarded a scholarship, you must return the appropriate acceptance forms by the stated due date. Failure to do so may forfeit your admission and/or all scholarship awards. 

5.  Once you have returned your acceptance forms, you will receive further information on how to prepare for the coming year. An academic adviser will be assigned to you, and you may contact him/her with questions. ETSU Admissions will provide information to you about the university at large. A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required orientation for the Department of Music will be mailed to you over the summer. 


 

 

Audition Repertoire Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance & Music Education, Vocal/Keyboard*:

Two contrasting pieces from memory:

  • One Sonata Allegro (fast) movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • One substantial work from the 19th century or later

*The Bachelor of Music, Vocal/Keyboard Music Education requires two SEPARATE auditions: One for piano and one for voice. For the voice audition requirements, please see Vocal Auditions.

 

Audition Repertoire Requirements for Admission to the Minor in Music, Piano Emphasis:

Two contrasting pieces from memory:

  • One work or movement by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • One work or movement by a composer from the 19th century or later

 

Additional Repertoire Requirements for NEWLY ENROLLING STUDENTS

Seeking  Piano Scholarships:

• One original work by J. S. Bach

• One Sonata Allegro (fast) movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert

• One virtuosic étude

• One substantial work from the 19th century or later

 

Audition Policies for ALL Piano Auditions:

On the day of audition, you need to:

• Provide a copy of scores of your audition repertoire (originals strongly recommended)

• Provide a comprehensive list of repertoire that you have studied previously

 

During the audition, you may also be asked to:

• Sight read a musical excerpt

• Play scales

• Complete a short interview with piano faculty

 

Questions?

Contact Dr. Benjamin Caton:

or 423-439-4405

 

Recorded Auditions:

Recorded auditions are STRONGLY discouraged, and acceptable only for students who live 250 miles (or more) from campus. Please contact Dr. Benjamin Caton for further details about submitting a recorded audition.

 


 

 

Returning (Current) Students: Scholarships

 

Auditions for Scholarships for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:

  • February 7, 2015

To schedule an audition, complete the Scholarship Application Form and return it to Dr. Rande Sanderbeck

 

Audition Repertoire Requirements for Returning (Current) Student Scholarship Auditions:

Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings:

  • Play two con trasting pieces of at least Grade V difficulty.
      • One must be a movement of a sonata or concerto.
      • One solo or unaccompanied piece of appropriate difficulty may be performed if that piece is specifically written as an unaccompanied piece.

Percussionists:

  • Play two contrasting works for solo percussion.
      • At least one piece must be for keyboard percussion.
      • The other piece can be for snare drum, timpani, multiple percussion, or drum set.

 

Accompanist Requirements:

You must provide your own accompanist for all auditions. 

 

Additional Repertoire Requirements for RETURNING STUDENTS

Seeking Piano Scholarships:

A free-choice program* between 25 and 30 minutes that must include:

  • One virtuosic etude
  • One Sonata Allegro movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert

*Any works performed in previous scholarship auditions are NOT allowed