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Graduate Piano Auditions

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Requirements for DMA Piano Auditions

  • DMA pre-screening:

    The DMA video recordings will be due by December 1st, 2021.  

  • Applicants for the DMA must present a pre-screening video of at least 25 minutes of solo piano repertoire.
  • The program should represent a minimum of three musical periods.
  • One of the selections for the pre-screening video must be: 1. a Baroque prelude and fugue; 2. a pair of fast and slow Baroque sonatas or dances; 3. a sonata-allegro movement from the Classical period; or 4. a variation set from the Classical period.
  • Memorization is required.  Exceptions may be permitted in the case of some 20th and 21st-century pieces. Permission must be granted by the UI piano faculty upon request.
  • The video should not be edited and  must be recently recorded with the hands and profile of the applicant visible at all times.    
  • Applicants for the DMA are required to submit internet links of their prescreening video recordings along with their graduate application.  

The DMA Live Auditions (by invitation):

Applicants for the DMA must present a program of at least 45 minutes of solo piano music which may include different repertoire than pre-screening video recordings. The program should represent a minimum of three musical periods. One of the selections must be a complete major work from the Baroque period or a complete major work from the Classical period. The program must have at least three complete works. Optional fourth works may be incomplete (for example, a movement of Ravel’s Miroirs). Memorization is required.  Exceptions may be permitted in the case of some 20th and 21st-century pieces. Permission must be granted by the UI piano faculty upon request. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, an in-person audition on the campus of the University of Iowa is preferred.  However, uploaded video links of an unedited recent live performance including the above repertoire requirements may be submitted in lieu of a live audition,  if an applicant is experiencing  traveling and medical hardships and restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.   Such videos must be submitted no later than February 1, 2022.

Dates of live DMA auditions:

January 29, 2022

January 30, 2022

February 5, 2022

February 12, 2022

February  13, 2022

Questions? 

Dr. Ksenia Nosikova ksenia‐nosikova@uiowa.edu

Dr. Réne Lecuona rene-lecuona@uiowa.edu

 

Requirements for MA Piano Auditions

MA pre-screening:

The MA pre-screening video recordings will be due by December 1st, 2021.  

Applicants for the MA must present a pre-screening video of at least 20 minutes of solo piano  repertoire.   The program should represent a minimum of three musical periods. One of the selections for the pre-screening video must be: 1. a Baroque prelude and fugue; 2. a pair of fast and slow Baroque sonatas or dances; 3. a sonata-allegro movement from the Classical period; or 4. a variation set from the Classical period. Memorization is required.  Exceptions may be permitted in the case of some 20th and 21st-century pieces. Permission must be granted by the UI piano faculty upon request. The video should not be edited and  must be recently recorded with the hands and profile of the applicant visible at all times.     Applicants for the DMA are required to submit internet links of their prescreening video recordings along with their graduate application.  

The MA Live Auditions (by invitation):

Applicants for the MA must present a program of at least 35 minutes solo piano music and may include different repertoire than pre-screening video recordings. The program should represent a minimum of three musical periods. One of the selections must be a complete major work from the Baroque period or a complete major work from the Classical period. The program must have at least three complete works. Optional fourth works may be incomplete (for example, a movement of Ravel’s Miroirs). Memorization is required.  Exceptions may be permitted in the case of some 20th and 21st-century pieces. Permission must be granted by the UI piano faculty upon request. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, an in-person audition on the campus of the University of Iowa is preferred.  However, uploaded video links of an unedited recent live performance including the above repertoire requirements may be submitted in lieu of a live audition,  if an applicant is experiencing  traveling and medical hardships and restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.   Such videos must be submitted no later than February 1, 2022.

Dates of live MA auditions:

January 29, 2022

January 30, 2022

February 5 , 2022

February 12, 2022

February  13, 2022

Questions? 

Dr. Ksenia Nosikova ksenia‐nosikova@uiowa.edu

Dr. Réne Lecuona rene-lecuona@uiowa.edu