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Graduate Piano Auditions

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**All Auditions for Fall 2021 Admission will be conducted Virtually**

General Information

Master of Arts Auditions

M.A. Audition Recording Guidelines

Doctor of Musical Arts Auditions

D.M.A. Audition Recording Guidelines

All UI Piano auditions for Fall 2021 admission will be done via recording due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be no pre-screening round but in addition to recorded required repertoire, a speaking video will be required.  Details on both of these requirements are outlined below. 

The recordings will be reviewed and evaluated ONLY after an applicant has submitted their complete application materials and been admitted to the University of Iowa Graduate College.

Submissions of audition recordings will be due January 4, 2021. The uploaded links should be included in your online application. 

There will be additional virtual informal interviews for the finalists who are considered for Teaching Assistantships in February 2020.  The interviews will be scheduled individually.  

Recorded Audition Requirements

Master of Arts Auditions

The M.A. audition should include a minimum of 30 minutes of solo piano repertoire, played by memory.  Concertos are not allowed.  Applicants to Master of Art program must submit unedited video recordings of the required repertoire and a speaking video.  Upload the files to YouTube or other video file sharing sites; be sure the links do not expire and are accessible to our School. You will have a minimum of 3 links and maximum of 10 links in the form. Please plan your recording repertoire divisions accordingly. 

Repertoire

The M.A. audition repertoire should include a minimum of three complete solo piano works, selected from at least three different historical periods of music and must include: 

1. Baroque (pick one of the following) 

Domenico Scarlatti: 

  • Minimum of two (2) sonatas, one of which must be fast

 J.S. Bach: 

  •  Prelude and Fugue from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1+2 
  • At least three movements from a French, English Suite, Partita, or French Overture 
  • Toccatas 
  • Italian Concerto 
  • Fantasy and Fugues 

2. Classical (pick one of the following)

  •  L. v. Beethoven (not Op.49 or 79) 
  •  W. A. Mozart (not K.397, 475, 545) 
  •  J. Haydn 
  • M. Clementi (choose from sonatas)
  • F. Schubert

Variation set by L. v. Beethoven 

  •  WoO80 
  •   Op.34 
  •  Op.35 
  •  Op. 120 

F minor Variations by J. Haydn 

Fantasy in C major by J. Haydn 

3. Major Romantic work 

And/Or

4. Major Impressionistic

And/Or

5. Contemporary work 

Applicants must meet all repertoire requirements listed above. Failure to prepare the full audition program will eliminate you from consideration.  If you have any questions regarding the repertoire, please contact one of the two chairs of the piano area: 

Dr. Ksenia Nosikova ksenia‐nosikova@uiowa.edu

Dr. Réne Lecuona rene-lecuona@uiowa.edu

Guidelines for Recording your Audition  

  1. Use a fixed point of view for your camera with you being the focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location. Do not pan or move the camera. 
  2. Hands and fingers must be visible.
  3. Ensure recording captures good quality image. 
  4. Ensure recording equipment captures good sound quality. Check for good balance and blend. 
  5.  Make sure there is 1-3 seconds of silence before the beginning of the piece. 

Speaking Video (ca. 3-5 minutes)

Please prepare a speaking video which addresses the following prompts: 

  1. Please state your name and the degree for which you are applying.
  2. Please tell us why you want to pursue a M.A, and what your career goals are. 
  3. Please also tell us what repertoire you are interested in studying during your next degree.
  4. What piece from your current audition program is most interesting to you, and why?
  5. Please tell us about your teaching and accompanying experiences.

 

Doctor of Musical Arts Auditions

The D.M.A. audition is a recital of advanced solo works from the standard concert repertoire representative of various styles and periods. The D.M.A. audition should include a minimum of 45 minutes of solo piano repertoire, played by memory. Concertos are not allowed. Applicants to Doctor of Musical Art program must submit unedited video recordings of the repertoire and a speaking video.  Upload the files to YouTube or other video file sharing sites; be sure the links do not expire and are accessible to our School. You will have a minimum of 3 links and maximum of 10 links in the form. Please plan your recording repertoire divisions accordingly. 

Repertoire

The DMA audition repertoire should consist of three to five complete solo piano works, selected from at least three different historical periods of music of difficulty and quality appropriate for the doctoral level and must include:   

1. Baroque (pick one of the following) 

Domenico Scarlatti: 

  • Minimum of two (2) sonatas, one of which must be fast

 J.S. Bach: 

·  Prelude and Fugue from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1+2 

·  At least three movements from a French, English Suite, Partita, or French Overture 

·  Toccatas 

·  Italian Concerto 

·  Fantasy and Fugues 

2. Classical (pick one of the following)

  •  L. v. Beethoven (not Op.49 or 79) 
  •  W. A. Mozart (not K.397, 475, 545) 
  •  J. Haydn 
  • M. Clementi (choose from sonatas)
  • F. Schubert

Variation set by L. v. Beethoven 

  •  WoO80 
  •   Op.34
  •  Op.35 
  •  Op. 120 

F minor Variations by J. Haydn 

Fantasy in C major by J. Haydn 

3. Major Romantic work 

And/or 

4. Major Impressionistic

And/or

5. Contemporary work 

Applicants must meet all repertoire requirements listed above. Failure to prepare the full audition program will eliminate you from consideration.  If you have any questions regarding the repertoire, please contact one of the two chairs of the piano area: 

Dr. Ksenia Nosikova ksenia‐nosikova@uiowa.edu

Dr. Réne Lecuona rene-lecuona@uiowa.edu

Guidelines for Recording your Audition 

  1. Use a fixed point of view for your camera with you being the focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location. Do not pan or move the camera. 
  2. Hands and fingers must be visible.
  3. Ensure recording captures good quality image. 
  4. Ensure recording equipment captures good sound quality. Check for good balance and blend. 
  5.  Make sure there is 1-3 seconds of silence before the beginning of the piece. 

Speaking Video (ca. 3-5 minutes)

Please prepare a speaking video which addresses the following prompts: 

  1. Please state your name and the degree for which you are applying.
  2. Please tell us why you want to pursue a D.M.A, and what your career goals are. 
  3. Please also tell us what repertoire you are interested in studying during your next degree.
  4. What piece from your current audition program is most interesting to you, and why?
  5. Please tell us about your teaching and accompanying experiences.

 

Questions? 

Dr. Ksenia Nosikova ksenia‐nosikova@uiowa.edu

Dr. Réne Lecuona rene-lecuona@uiowa.edu