Keyboard Audition Requirements

Piano

Requirements for all applicants

  • Complete a brief written test of basic music theory skills.
  • Demonstrate aural skills by vocally matching pitches, singing simple intervals, identifying major and minor chords, and sight singing a simple song.
  • Piano applicants playing standard repertoire do not need to send copies of their printed music, but should send a list of their audition pieces.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • Perform four contrasting pieces, including:
    --a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
    --a romantic work of 8 minutes or more
    --a work by Bach including a fugue (WTC prelude and fugue or three movements of a suite)
    --a work from the 20th or 21st century

  • Sight read a short piece
  • Memorization is required.

Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music

Perform three contrasting pieces, including
*a sonata allegro movement by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
*a work by Bach
*a romantic work or piece from the 20th or 21st century

  • Sight read a short piece.
  • Memorization is required.

Music Minor

Perform two contrasting pieces, including

*a sonata allegro movement by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
*a romantic work, work by Bach, or work from the 20th or 21st century

  • Sight read a short piece.
  • Memorization is required.

To schedule an audition or an interview with faculty members please contact
Diane MacBeth (or 717-337-6131). For all other inquiries regarding the music program and audition requirements, please contact Dr. Teresa Bowers (or 717-337-6134).

Organ

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • A prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or other composer of the late Baroque period.
  • An organ composition by a 19th-century composer.
  • An organ composition by a 20th-century composer.
    (One of the above should be a slow/lyrical composition).
  • Sight read a hymn.
  • Memorization is desirable, but not required.

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Music Minor

  • A prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or other composer of the late Baroque period.
  • Any composition of a contrasting style period.
  • Sight read a hymn.
  • Memorization is not required.

To schedule an audition or an interview with faculty members please contact Diane MacBeth (macbeth@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6131). For all other inquiries regarding the music program and audition requirements, please contact Dr. Teresa Bowers (tbowers@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6134).