Piano Auditions

Graduate Degree Programs

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.

Piano Faculty: Steven Glaser and Caroline Hong

Graduate Prescreen Auditions

For Piano, prior to an invitation to present a live audition, all applicants must upload all required materials with the electronic application. A pre-screen video audition must also be uploaded into the School of Music's portal through GetAcceptd. The application and materials, and the pre-screen audition, must all be completed by November 30. Go to Graduate Students — How to Apply for instructions. You MUST meet this deadline set forth by voice in order to be considered for a live audition. Pre-screen auditions will NOT be reviewed by faculty until you have made application to the university.

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 through GetAcceptd whether or not they will be invited for a live audition. If you receive an audition invitation, you may then schedule your live audition through the GetAcceptd portal. The decision of the faculty is final.
If you are invited to audition live, you must be willing to travel to Columbus, Ohio and present a live audition in front of the faculty in order to be considered for admission. There are NO exceptions to this policy.

Future graduate students in Piano may wish to be considered for financial assistance through an appointment as a graduate teaching associate. There is no additional application form to be considered for funding. Prospective graduate students should check the appropriate box in the online application to be considered for financial assistance. The duties for students holding an appointment as a graduate teaching associate may include applied piano teaching, group piano teaching, accompanying and other administrative duties. See below * for detailed instructions.

* Students who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must submit a teaching demonstration in additiont to the solo performance pre-screen audition. The teaching demonstration should be a 15- to 20-minute segment of a private or group lesson with a student at any age and level. The teaching demonstration must be in English. Please upload a digital video file recording with clear audio quality along with the performance audition through GetAcceptd (also by November 30).

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.

Nationalism, Post-Romantic

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 Students — How to Apply for details on the submission of materials).