Piano Auditions

To be admitted to USU as a piano student, all applicants must successfully pass

  1. a pre-screening
  2. a live, in-person or Zoom audition (by invitation only)

Live piano auditions will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023 and Saturday, February 25, 2023 in the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall on campus. To be considered for music talent scholarships, applicants must complete their live, in-person or Zoom audition on or before February 25, 2023. See below for information about the audition and application process for your intended degree.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cahill Smith or Dr. Kevin Olson

Undergraduate Piano Auditions

1

Submit your pre-screening form on this page:

  • Piano Auditions | Music | CCA | USU
  • Applicants must pass a pre-screening to be invited to a live, in-person or Zoom audition
  • Piano pre-screening submissions are accepted at any time, but in order to receive priority scholarship consideration, applicants must submit their pre-screening before December 15
 
2

Submit your audition application form here:

 
3

Check your email regularly

  • Once your pre-screening has been reviewed, your live audition will be scheduled and you will be notified via email
  • We encourage applicants to complete their live audition in-person on campus. Zoom auditions are usually reserved for those facing travel issues, scheduling conflicts, or other extenuating circumstances that prevent them from auditioning in-person

Undergraduate Pre-Screening Requirements

  • Applicants should submit two pieces, performed from memory:
    • one piece from the Baroque or Classical eras
    • one piece from the Romantic or Modern eras
  • Pieces may be recorded as separate videos, or all in one take
  • Include a list of significant repertoire studied

Undergraduate Live Audition Requirements

  • The designated Piano audition dates for Fall 2023 admission are Saturday, February 11, 2023 and Saturday, February 23, 2023. If you are unable to audition in person on either of these dates, please contact Dr. Kevin Olson
  • Applicants for the undergraduate degree in Piano Performance & Pedagogy, or a B.A. in Music, should prepare the following for their live audition:
    • Two contrasting pieces, performed from memory
      • one piece from the Baroque or Classical eras
      • one piece from the Romantic or Modern eras
    • Applicants will receive a short “Independent Study Piece” 2-3 weeks before the audition, and will perform the piece in the audition. Memorization is not required, and applicants are welcome to bring their own scores with notes
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for collaborative piano stipends may be asked to sight-read

Music Therapy Auditions

The information listed here is for the last step of a three-part audition process. See the full list of music therapy admissions requirements here: Music Therapy | Music | CCA | USU

Please submit video recordings of 2 contrasting pieces using the Recorded Audition Form by February 25, 2023. These are in addition to the self- accompanied pieces you will perform. Memorization is encouraged, but not
required.

If you have any questions about Music Therapy auditions, please contact Dr. Maureen Hearns.

Graduate Piano Auditions

1

Submit your pre-screening form on this page:

  • Piano Auditions | Music | CCA | USU
  • Applicants must pass a pre-screening to be invited to a live, in-person or Zoom audition
  • Piano pre-screening submissions are accepted at any time, but in order to receive priority scholarship consideration, applicants must submit their pre-screening before December 151
 
2

Submit your audition application form here:

 
3

Check your email regularly

  • Once your pre-screening has been reviewed, your live audition will be scheduled and you will be notified via email
  • We encourage applicants to complete their live audition in-person on campus. Zoom auditions are usually reserved for those facing travel issues, scheduling conflicts, or other extenuating circumstances that prevent them from auditioning in-person

Graduate Pre-Screening Requirements

  • Applicants must submit at least 30 minutes of memorized repertoire including the following:
    • A sonata-allegro movement from a classical sonata, preferably by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
    • A Romantic work
    • 1 or 2 additional pieces of the applicant’s choice, from any style or period
  • Include a list of significant repertoire studied

Graduate Live Audition Requirements

  • The designated Piano audition dates for Fall 2023 admission are Saturday, February 11, 2023 and Saturday, February 23, 2023. If you are unable to audition in person on either of these dates, please contact Dr. Kevin Olson
  • Applicants for the M.M. degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy should prepare the following for their live audition:
    • A polyphonic work by J.S. Bach
    • A full classical sonata, preferably by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
    • A Romantic, Impressionist, modern, or contemporary work
    • One other freely chosen work of the applicant’s choice
    • Applicants will receive a short “Independent Study Piece” 2-3 weeks before the audition, and will perform the piece in the audition. Memory is not required, and applicants are welcome to bring their own scores with notes
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for collaborative piano stipends may be asked to sight-read
  • A list of significant repertoire studied should be brought to your audition

Piano Pre-Screening Video Form

Enter your A# if you have been assigned one. If not, enter N/A.
Enter an email address that you check frequently.
*Intended Major/Degree
Please list previous instructors, dates of study, and significant repertoire.