Applicants to Collaborative Piano must perform a live audition at NEC to be considered for admission.

Doctoral (DMA) applicants are required to submit a prescreening recording as part of the online application by December 1. For the prescreening, DMA applicants should prepare 30 minutes of music selected from the live audition repertoire listed below.  Please choose a selection from each category, including both vocal and instrumental repertoire. After reviewing the recording guidelines on our general Audition Requirements page, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application at DecisionDesk.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma applicants should not submit a prescreening recording.

Interested in the Piano major? Find audition information here.

Interested in the Chamber Music - Piano major? Find audition information here.

Live Audition Requirements

For all applicants

Collaborative Piano applicants should prepare the repertoire listed below. Secondary skills must be demonstrated through a test of sight-reading of vocal and instrumental repertoire. Both an audition repertoire list and a complete repertoire list (instrumental and vocal) must be submitted with your application. Any changes to the audition requirements must be discussed with Cameron Stowe, Chair of Collaborative Piano, at least four weeks before the scheduled audition.

Applicants may bring their own vocalist and instrumentalist or may request that NEC provide musicians. There is a fee of $25, payable with the application, if NEC musicians are requested. For DMA applicants who are not invited to a live audition after review of the prescreening recording, the $25 fee will be refunded.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma

Vocal repertoire

  1. Brahms Meine Liebe ist grün, high key
  2. Debussy Il pleure dans mon coeur, high key
  3. Schubert Frühlingstraum
  4. Barber St. Ida's Vision

Instrumental repertoire

  1. Beethoven cello or violin sonata

Solo repertoire

  1. Selection of the applicant's choice (one movement may satisfy this requirement)

Doctoral (DMA)

Choose one selection from each of the following groups:

  1. Beethoven cello or violin sonata
  2. Brahms violin, cello, or clarinet (or viola) sonata OR

    Brahms songs (prepare complete list):
    Von ewiger Liebe, op. 43
    Meine Liebe ist grün, op.63 
    Wie Melodien zieht es mir, op. 105
    Ständchen, op. 106
  3. Franck Violin Sonata OR Debussy Ariettes oubliées (complete)
  4. Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 40 OR Barber Hermit Songs (complete)
  5. Mozart "Hai già vinta la causa" from Le Nozze di Figaro

Note: All vocal song repertoire must be performed in either original or printed "high" keys.

Audition Dates