Piano Audition Repertoire

To be considered for an audition, applicants must submit an online application and prescreening recordings by December 1. NEC will be offering live auditions, with flexibility for applicants who are unable to travel to Boston due to ongoing pandemic restrictions. After review, qualified applicants will be invited to present a live audition at NEC. Applicants who are not selected for an audition will be notified that they have not been accepted for study at NEC.

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)

DMA applicants should follow the live audition requirements for prescreening.

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

 

Live Audition Dates

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Monday, February 21, 2022  *all DMA applicants must audition on this date

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

 

Live Audition Repertoire

Please consider the following to be guidelines rather than strict requirements; some flexibility in choice of repertoire is permitted. 

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

  1. A complete Classical sonata (all movements)

  2. A substantial Romantic work
  3. A fast etude
  4. A piece chosen by the applicant that contrasts in style to the other audition pieces.

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

  1. A complete Classical sonata (all movements)

  2. A substantial Romantic work
  3. A fast etude
  4. A piece chosen by the applicant that contrasts in style to the other audition pieces.

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.