Student Assignment Policy for the School of Music Piano Area
The Ohio State University School of Music desires to assign students their teacher of choice whenever possible providing that faculty member is willing and has a vacancy in their studio. A teacher preference form will be available at auditions. The area head, in consultation with the piano faculty, will make the teacher assignment for any student who does not state a teacher preference. It is suggested that prospective students familiarize themselves with the faculty by visiting the School of Music website and faculty bios. Students are strongly encouraged to take the initiative and contact faculty with any questions or to arrange individual interviews or lessons before returning the teacher preference form.
Graduate Prescreen Auditions
For Piano, prior to an invitation to present a live audition, all applicants must upload a pre-screen video audition into the Graduate Admissions Application, along with all required materials, by November 30. Go to Step 2 in the Graduate Application Procedures for instructions.
The DMA pre-screen audition must include (1) one movement of a sonata, and (2) one Etude of virtuosity. The MM or MA pre-screen audition must include (1) the first movement of a sonata, and (2) a contrasting work.
After the faculty have reviewed the piano pre-screen audition and supporting materials, the applicant will be notified via email whether or not they will be invited for a live audition. Once you receive the audition invitation, you may schedule your live audition. The decision of the faculty is final.
Graduate Live Auditions for Piano
MA Piano Pedagogy
30–35 minutes of solo music representing three (3) different style periods.
MM Piano Performance
35 minutes of solo music representing three different style periods. At least two (2) of your choices should be large-form works.*
DMA Piano Performance
50 minutes of solo music representing at least three (3) different style periods. Three of these choices should be large-form works.* In addition, one (1) etude of virtuosity is required for this audition.
*Examples of Large-Form Works
Preludes and fugues, Bach or Handel keyboard suites, the Italian Concerto, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.
Complete sonatas, Haydn Fantasy, Mozart C Minor Fantasy, larger variations.
Complete sonatas, complete sets of character pieces (for example, Brahms op. 117, 118, 119; Chopin Ballades, Scherzi, Fantasy op. 49, Schumann Kreisleriana), variations.
Ginastera Sonatas, Hindemith Sonatas, Scriabin Sonatas, Prokofiev Sonatas, Janacek (On an Overgrown Path).
2nd Viennese School and Beyond
Berg Sonata, Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez Sonata, Sessions.
All music is to be performed from memory. The above requirements are for live and pre-screen auditions. The audition program should demonstrate the applicant’s musical, technical, intellectual, and interpretive abilities. The piano faculty will not consider anyone for a live audition until all required application materials (resumé, three recommendations, autobiographical statement, and TOEFL scores where applicable) have been electronically submitted, including all required transcripts (see Graduate Application Procedures for details on the submission of materials).