Piano Audition Repertoire

To be considered for an audition, applicants must submit an online application and prescreening recordings by December 1. With the exception of the Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma programs, NEC will be moving to an entirely recorded format for all other piano auditions. After review, qualified applicants will be invited to audition. Applicants who are not selected for an audition will be notified that they have not been accepted for study at NEC.

NEC's new dual degree program for pianists is now welcoming undergraduate applicants. This unique and individualized 5-year curriculum will culminate in a Bachelor of Music in Piano and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano. In order to be eligible to audition for this program, applicants must first be admitted to the BM in Piano. Please see the prescreening guidelines below for additional requirements.

There are separate requirements for graduate-level Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music for Piano applicants.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

Prescreening Recording

Please refer to the recording guidelines section of our general Audition Requirements page for information about uploading your prescreening recording files as part of your online application.

All undergraduates and graduate MM & GD applicants must submit the following prescreening repertoire:

  1. The first movement of a Classical sonata (e.g., music by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, or others)
  2. A substantial Romantic work (e.g., music by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, or others)

If you are an undergraduate applicant interested in the possibility of being considered for the dual degree program in Piano and Collaborative Piano, please indicate this in the application and include a brief video with your prescreening materials that states why this program interests you.

DMA applicants should follow the audition requirements for prescreening.

Artist Diploma applicants can find prescreening requirements in the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

 

Final Audition 

Although pianists are not accepted or rejected on the basis of the chosen pieces, the audition repertoire is seen as a statement of artistic identity. All works must be performed by memory with the possible exception of challenging contemporary music.

 

Undergraduate

Final recorded auditions are due on February 14, 2022.

Applicants who have already submitted recordings of a complete program do not need to submit additional recordings. 

All others should upload a 20-minute video recording, recorded in a single take with no editing of any kind, including either:

A. 2 complete movements of a Classical sonata, a significant part of a major Romantic piece, and a fast etude.

or

B. A complete major Romantic piece, portions of 2 movements of a Classical sonata, and a fast etude. 

Please pay attention to the sound quality of the recording. 

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Master of Music / Graduate Diploma

Final recorded auditions are due on February 14, 2022.

Applicants who have already submitted recordings of a complete program do not need to submit additional recordings. 

All others should upload a 20-minute video recording, recorded in a single take with no editing of any kind, including either:

A. 2 complete movements of a Classical sonata, a significant part of a major Romantic piece, and a fast etude.

or

B. A complete major Romantic piece, portions of 2 movements of a Classical sonata, and a fast etude. 

Please pay attention to the sound quality of the recording. 

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Doctor of Musical Arts 

A recital-length program of stylistically diverse works that are musically and technically challenging.

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Live Audition Date - Monday, February 21, 2022  *applicable for DMA applicants only