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

All Collaborative Piano applicants are required to submit a prescreening recording as part of the online application by December 1. See below for prescreening repertoire requirements. After reviewing the recording guidelines on our general Audition Requirements page, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application.

Interested in the Piano major? Find audition information here.

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

Prescreening Recording Requirements

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma applicants must submit an audio-only prescreening recording with four selections:

  • Two of the four required audition songs listed below under Live Audition Requirements for MM and GD candidates
  • One movement from the Beethoven violin or cello sonata which you plan to present at your audition
  • One additional movement from a work for piano and solo instrument (can be another movement from the Beethoven sonata or a different instrumental work)

Doctor of Musical Arts

DMA applicants should prepare a prescreening recording with 30 minutes of music selected from the live audition repertoire for doctoral candidates listed below. Please choose a selection from each category, including both vocal and instrumental repertoire.

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 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)

Doctor of Musical Arts

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 prepared in the published high keys.

Audition Dates