Piano and Organ Auditions

Thank you for your interest in piano study at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music!

You will find information on the application and audition process for the B.A., B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees in piano on this page.

While live auditions are encouraged (especially for prospective graduate students), the Fred Fox School of Music uses the Acceptd platform for all applications (and for audition video uploads for those applicants who cannot audition in person).

1. Live Online via Acceptd’s Audition Room Platform on one of the UA FFSoM’s audition dates:
Saturday, February 6, 2021 (application deadline for 2/6 audition date is 1/15/21)
Friday, February 26, 2021 (application deadline for 2/26 audition date is 2/1/21)

(Please note that the January 16th audition date has been cancelled.)

2. Via recorded media (upload to your Acceptd Application)
Recorded auditions must be received by March 1, 2021.

Instructions for pre-recorded auditions: Your audition recording must be an unedited, single-camera video recording of your full audition program recorded in one take. Submit one video link with your pre-recorded audition no later than March 1st, 2021.



Application Instructions:


Undergraduate applications (B.A. and B.M.) involve three steps:
1. Application to the University of Arizona
2. Application to the Fred Fox School of Music
3. A live or pre-recorded audition

Please visit this webpage for instructions and links: https://music.arizona.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/undergraduate/

Undergraduate auditions should be scheduled through our Undergraduate Advisor and Admissions Coordinator, David Boulton.

Please visit the following link for more information about auditions: http://music.arizona.edu/admissions/auditions/

Click here to contact Dr. Daniel Linder with questions regarding undergraduate study in piano


Graduate applications (M.M. and D.M.A.) involve three steps:
1. Application to the University of Arizona Graduate College
2. Application to the Fred Fox School of Music
3. A live or pre-recorded audition (and pre-screening for D.M.A. applicants: see below for more information).

More information on the graduate application process can be found here: http://music.arizona.edu/admissions/applications/graduate

Click here to contact Dr. Daniel Linder with questions regarding graduate study in piano.


Pre-screening for D.M.A. Applicants:

Procedure and Deadlines:

We require pre-screening auditions for D.M.A. applicants via Acceptd. In order to be scheduled for a live D.M.A. audition you must pass the pre-screening audition first.

The piano faculty evaluates pre-screening auditions on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2020. Applicants who pass the pre-screening phase will be invited to audition live or submit a full recorded audition program.

February 1, 2021 is the deadline for pre-screening submission.

Pre-screening requirements:

Pre-screening auditions should be video recordings from the past year, and should include two contrasting works. They need not be the same as the proposed live audition repertoire.

If you are not requesting a live audition there is not a pre-screening requirement, but understand that you will be at a significant disadvantage for TA consideration. For international graduate applicants not auditioning live, an video interview is required in addition to the TOEFL result.


Scholarships and TA Awards:

Scholarships: All students who submit an application are automatically considered for scholarship funding.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships: The Fred Fox School of Music has a limited number of GTA positions, generally in class piano teaching and in opera accompanying. GTAs cover approximately 75% of tuition and provide a stipend that generally covers the remaining 25%. GTAs are awarded for students entering in Fall semester only.

A live audition is highly recommended for best consideration for a graduate teaching assistantship, a live audition is highly recommended.

Strong communication skills in English are required for the class piano GTAs as well as a minimum score of 24 TOEFL IBT Speaking Section.

To be considered for the opera GTA, students will need to demonstrate experience with opera accompanying.


Audition Repertoire Guidelines:

Please note that we encourage inventive and creative programming.  If your proposed program differs from our recommendations below (e.g. all 20th/21st Century), please check in advance when scheduling your audition. In auditions we hope to make an accurate assessment of each candidate’s potential in a relatively short amount of time; please choose repertoire that will help us to make that assessment.

B.A. in Music, B.M. in Music Education, and B.M. in Composition, piano emphasis:

  • two contrasting pieces
  • memorization is preferred, but not required

B.M. in Piano Performance:

  • one Baroque work (e.g. a suite by J.S. Bach or a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Handel Suite, pair of Scarlatti Sonatas)
  • one movement of a Classical sonata or a set of variations by Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven
  • one Romantic work
  • one work written after 1900
  • memorization is required, with the exception of works written after 1945

M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance:

  • Prepare a 45-minute program demonstrating a variety of styles and techniques.
  • Inclusion of at least one work from the 18th Century and one from the 20th/21st Century will help us evaluate your potential as a degree candidate; an etude of virtuosity is highly recommended, as well.
  • Memorization is required, with the exception of works written after 1945.

M.M. and D.M.A in Collaborative Piano:

  • one complete instrumental sonata
  • a selection of works for voice and piano in two languages
  • a solo work that is representative of your abilities
  • sight-reading will be included at collaborative piano auditions

M.M. in Dance Accompaniment:

Click here to contact Dr. Suzanne Knosp for audition requirements.

Harpsichord and Organ Auditions:

Click here to contact Dr. Doug Leightenheimer for information about harpsichord and organ auditions.



Secondary/Non-Major Piano:

The Fred Fox School of Music offers limited opportunities for students in other degree programs (both undergraduate and graduate) to continue piano study.

The declaration of a Minor in Music will be necessary for consideration for private studio instruction. Group classes are available to students without a minor or major in music. 

Auditions are held each fall and spring to determine placement. Possible placements include group piano classes as well as private lessons for more advanced students, depending upon skill level and instructor availability.

Please be prepared to demonstrate your skills in playing and sight-reading as accurately as possible. Reading facility in treble and bass clefs is necessary for individual instruction. Other factors that affect placement include variety and breadth of demonstrated repertoire, knowledge of rudiments of music (including scales), and the ability to play from memory.

Contact Dr. Daniel Linder for more information and to schedule a placement audition if you are interested in group piano or studio instruction.