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Keyboard Audition Information



All pieces must be presented from memory. You should be prepared to perform any and all sections of your audition repertoire. You will choose which piece to perform first; for Performance applicants, the faculty will indicate to you which piece or pieces to perform next. Student compositions, pieces in jazz or popular styles, simplifications and/or arrangements are not acceptable for this audition. You must submit a complete list of standard works studied and performed, indicating clearly which pieces may be played on the audition.

Applicants who have questions about appropriate audition repertoire please contact Professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at rgainsford@fsu.edu

Non-Performance Applicants      

A Sinfonia or Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach

A quick movement from a Classical sonata

A work of your choice from the 19th, 20th or 21st century

Performance Applicants 

A Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach

A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (excluding Op 49 and Op 79)

A piece from the 19th, 20th or 21st century

An etude of virtuosity



All organ applicants are strongly encouraged to audition on campus, and should plan to arrive by 12pm the day before their audition date to allow for practice time on the audition organ.

          Freshman applicants are required to perform three pieces in contrasting styles and tempi at least two of which must use pedals. Suggested repertoire includes shorter works/movements of Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Hindemith, Langlais, and Mendelssohn.

          Freshman applicants with a piano background can audition with two contrasting pieces on the piano, one of which should be a prelude and fugue or another large work of Bach. A brief organ lesson follows the audition. This option does not apply to transfer students.

          Transfer applicants from another school should play repertoire appropriate to their year of study.

          Applicants who have questions about appropriate audition repertoire please contact Dr. Iain Quinn.

Organ Studies at FSU


Updated on 08/30/2018