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.  

Scholarships:

Students who are seeking admittance to the Bachelor of Music program as a piano major or minor need only to schedule one audition for the purpose of both admission to the degree program and for scholarship consideration.

Students accepted as piano majors will be considered for the Academic Performance Scholarships (in-state residents) or the Public Performance Scholarships (out-of-state residents). 

To be considered for endowed scholarships, you must perform the repertoire listed below.

 

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 Endowed 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

 

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

 

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

 

Schedule an Audition:

Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis. To schedule an audition, 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.