Piano and Organ Auditions


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


UNDERGRADUATE AUDITIONS:  School-wide audition days for prospective undergraduates are Saturday, Feb.15 and Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Undergraduate auditions should be scheduled through our Undergraduate Advisor and Admissions Coordinator. Please visit the following link:



GRADUATE AUDITIONS: Please know that application to the Fred Fox School of Music’s graduate programs involves two separate steps, first applying to the University of Arizona Graduate College and then applying to the School of Music. More information on that process can be found here:


Primary audition days for prospective graduate students will be Feb.15 and March 21, 2020. Other dates are possible, as well.

Click here to contact Dr. Rex Woods with questions regarding graduate study in piano.

            PRE-SCREENING for DMA APPLICANTS: We require pre-screening auditions for DMA applicants only via Acceptd. In order to be scheduled for a live DMA audition you must pass the pre-screening audition first. We will evaluate the pre-screening applications on a rolling basis; if you submit in November or December of 2018 we will notify you of the result shortly thereafter to facilitate travel arrangements for the February auditions. In any case, February 1, 2019 is the deadline for pre-screening submission. 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 internet-based interview (Skype, WeChat) is required in addition to the TOEFL result.

            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. To be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship, a live audition is highly recommended. GTAs cover approximately 75% of tuition and provide a stipend that generally covers the remaining 25%. Strong communication skills in English are required for the class piano GTAs as well as a minimum TOEFL score of 24 on the “Speak” part of the exam; in some cases an exemption can be made for a Speak score of 23 if the candidate demonstrates proficiency in conversation with the Director of Graduate Studies. To be considered for the opera GTA, students will need to demonstrate experience with opera accompanying.

SPRING ENTRANCE to grad programs in music is possible but generally not recommended.

There are no TA’s for spring entrance.

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

Suggested audition repertoire

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, piano emphasis, or B.M. in Music Education, piano emphasis

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

B.M. in Piano Performance

  • one Baroque work (e.g. J.S. Bach WTC or Suite, 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

  • Please prepare a 45-minute program demonstrating a variety of styles and techniques.
  • Having 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.


Click here to contact Dr. Pamela Decker for information on 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; in 2019-20, 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.

Keyboard faculty are away for the summer. If you would like to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Rex Woods after August 13, 2019:

Contact Dr. Woods, Area Coordinator, for a placement audition (to be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019) if you are interested in group piano or studio instruction.