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Audition Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with an Emphasis in Keyboard Collaborative Arts

If the applicant is interested in the D.M.A. in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Collaborative Arts, the audition repertoire must consist of approximately 30 minutes of solo playing representing at least two periods and 40 minutes of collaborative repertoire representing at least three different types of compositions (for example: 10 minutes of German lieder, 10 minutes of a French String Sonata or Chamber Work and 10 minutes of a 20th Century Woodwind Concerto reduction). There will also be 10 minutes additional minutes set aside for sight reading evaluation which will consist of:

  1. sight reading of instrumental repertoire.
  2. sight reading of vocal music, incorporating the playing of the vocal line into the accompaniment.
  3. transposition of a song up or down a half or whole step.

In exceptional cases, a videotape (VHS) of the 70 minute recital program may be submitted for admission.A full transcript of the student's academic career and a musical vita and repertoire list must be presented at the audition.An interview will follow the live audition.

If applicants for the Collaborative Arts program are unable to bring collaborative partners with them to the audition, they may notify the Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Timothy Hester, to arrange contact with Moores School of Music students or faculty who will kindly assist in rehearsing and performing the audition.

It is important that the applicant coordinate the audition with both the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts.

Master of Music in Keyboard Collaborative Arts

Applicants interested in auditioning for the M.M. in Keyboard Collaborative Arts must prepare three representative works in different styles and varied instrumentation (for example: a baroque flute sonata, a romantic string sonata and a modern vocal work). There will be a sight reading evaluation and interview with the keyboard faculty following the prepared audition. A taped audition is possible if the applicant lives more than 300 miles from Houston.

If the applicant is not able to bring collaborative partners to assist with the audition, please contact the Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Timothy Hester, to coordinate arrangements with Moores School of Music Students to rehearse and perform the audition.

It is important that the applicant coordinate the audition with both the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts.