Piano/Organ

Music performance applicants must perform all works by memory, although exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis with departmental approval. All other applicants must perform at least one piece by memory. 

(Musical examples listed in parentheses are recommended but may be substituted by works of comparable length and technical difficulty.)

Piano

M. Mus. and Advanced Certificate in music performance applicants:

  • A Prelude and Fugue or a larger work by J.S. Bach
  • A complete Classical-era sonata
  • A substantial work from the Romantic period
  • A substantial work from the Impressionist or early Modernist eras to the present day
  • An étude or other short work of virtuosity
  • Sight reading

Advanced Diploma in music performance applicants:

  • A Prelude and Fugue or a larger work by J.S. Bach
  • A complete Classical-era sonata
  • A substantial work from the Romantic period
  • A substantial work from the Impressionist or early Modernist eras to the present day
  • Two études or other short works of virtuosity, each by a different composer
  • Sight reading

Advanced Certificate in Music Education

  • A work from the Baroque or Classical era
  • A composition of the applicant's choice
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
  • Sight reading

Harpsichord

  • A Prelude and Fugue, English Suite, or Partita by J.S. Bach
  • A work by a composer of the French School (Rameau, Couperin)
  • A pair of Scarlatti Sonatas
  • Sight reading

Organ

  • A Prelude and Fugue, Toccata and Fugue, or Passacaglia and Fugue by J.S. Bach (from Peters edition, volumes 2, 3 or 4)
  • A large chorale prelude by J.S. Bach (from Peters edition, volume 6 or 7)
  • A fast movement from a Trio Sonata by J.S. Bach (from Peters edition, volume 1)
  • A major Romantic work by Franck or Mendelssohn
  • One pre-Baroque work
  • One post-Romantic work
  • Sight reading