Audition Repertoire Information

Piano Audition Repertoire

I.  FOR Bachelor of Music degree:

Play at least three pieces in contrasting styles; all should be memorized.

Sample repertoire:
Bach Preludes & Fugues or Dances from Suites
Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven Sonata (first or third movement)
selections by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Bartok, Prokofieff, Skriabin, or similar

II. FOR Music Education (BM) or Bachelor of Arts degree with Piano Concentration:

Play at least two pieces, preferably three, in contrasting styles (slow/fast, loud/quiet, fingers/chords, different composers); all should be memorized.

Sample repertoire:
Bach Preludes, Clementi/Haydn/Beethoven Sonatina movements, Chopin Preludes, Debussy Arabesque, Bartok Bear Dance
 
III. FOR Minor in Music with emphasis in piano OR Piano secondary study: (Must have studied classical-style piano for 3 full years prior to audition.)

Play two pieces in contrasting styles (slow/fast, loud/quiet, different composers). One must be memorized.

Sample repertoire:
Bach Preludes, Clementi/Haydn/Beethoven Sonatina movements, Chopin Preludes, Debussy Arabesque, Bartok Bear Dance

IV. TRANSFER STUDENTS

A.  Junior level, music-minor with emphasis in piano-upperclass:

Play representative selections from this type of repertoire.  All pieces must be memorized.

(1) classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, or Beethoven
(2) Bach Prelude and Fugue or movements a suite
(3) virtuoso piece from the Romantic period
(4) pieces from the 20th century

B.  BM in Music Education (piano concentration) or the BA in Music (piano concentration) – upperclass:

Play representative selections from three of the four following types of repertoire.  All pieces must be memorized.

(1) a Classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, or Beethoven;
(2) Bach Prelude and Fugue or movements from a suite;
(3) a virtuoso piece from the Romantic period;
(4) pieces from the 20th century

C.  Bachelor of Music in piano performance - upperclass:

Must be prepared to play selections from this type of program.  All pieces must be memorized.

(1) one complete classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, or Beethoven
(2) Bach Prelude and Fugue or a suite
(3) one large piece or a set of smaller pieces from the Romantic period
(4) significant piece or set of pieces from the 20th century
 

Composition Portfolio

In addition to an audition on your major instrument, you need to submit a composition portfolio by January 5, 2017 (postmark deadline) with the following components:

  • Three or more written or printed scores of contrasting original works.
  • Recordings of the same works. Live recordings are preferred but MIDI recordings are accepted.  Label all scores, CDs, tapes, videotapes, and DVDs with your name, and contact information.
  • Music resume containing: (1) list of works composed with instrumentation and date composed; (2) list of performances your works have received, including dates, performers, and location; (3) performance accomplishments on your primary instrument; and (4) full contact information.
  • One-page essay describing why you are seeking a degree in music composition and your future goals as a musician.

Mail composition portfolio submissions to:
Managing Director Mizzou New Music Initiative
University of Missouri School of Music
138 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211-6120

Finalists will be invited for an on-campus interview on Monday, February 20, 2017. Finalists must be available on this date.

String/Woodwind/Brass Audition Repertoire

Prepare one or two pieces (they need not be memorized). Material should demonstrate tone quality and technical proficiency, such as that for a district or state ensemble audition.  A contest piece, an etude, or a characteristic study, is appropriate. You may be asked to sight-read. A piano for accompanying the solos will not be available. However, a playback device will be available for those who bring a recorded accompaniment.

NOTE: These auditions are not for ensemble placement. Placement auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall semester. More information will be posted on the School of Music website in the month of July.

Vocal Audition Repertoire

Prepare two contest-type solos. You will want to choose music which will demonstrate your tonal capacities and technique. The music need not be memorized. You may bring your own accompanist, or we will provide one.

Percussion

Prepare at least one solo on keyboard percussion (2 or 4 mallets), one etude on snare drum, one etude on timpani, and if applicable, styles on drumset (swing, rock, funk, latin, etc.).  You do not need to bring any equipment.  You should bring all your own sticks and mallets.  Music does not need to be memorized.

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