Keyboard Collaborative Arts

Graduate Certificate (GCRT) or Master of Music (MM)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

If you are planning to apply to the Artist Diploma program please follow the audition requirements on the Artist Diploma page.

Applicants to Keyboard Collaborative Arts must submit an audition recording to be evaluated by the faculty for the first round of consideration. The results of the first round will determine whether an applicant will advance to the second round of consideration. Audio recordings are acceptable for the first round of consideration, but video is required for the second round of consideration.

Note: Audition recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall SlideRoom portal” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

For instructions on how to access the SlideRoom portal to submit your recording click HERE

Important note for DMA: applicants are required to submit a “Doctoral Introductory Video” as part of their SlideRoom Portfolio. For detailed instructions click here.

First Round of Consideration

The audition recording (audio or video) should consist of the following:

  • One art song and one movement of an instrumental piece performed with partners.

Second Round of Consideration

The following additional repertoire will be required for the second round of consideration, to be submitted via recording (video only) by January 15. Submission instructions will be sent in late December to applicants who are advanced from the first round of consideration.

Applicants must submit a complete list of repertoire including: songs, arias, sonatas/multi-movement works, concerti, character pieces, complete operas; solo, choral, and ballet repertoire. Audition requirements consist of:

  1. Two piano solos from contrasting stylistic periods, performed by memory
  2. Two complete, contrasting instrumental sonatas
  3. Four songs representing stylistic and linguistic variety
  4. One aria
  5. A demonstration of skills in diction and translation in one or more of the following: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Russian and the International Phonetic Alphabet.

All sonatas are to be performed with an instrumentalist; all songs and arias with a singer. It is customary to perform instrumental and vocal literature with scores. Audition repertoire may be selected from but is NOT LIMITED TO the following suggested list:

Instrumental Repertoire List

Violin:

  • Beethoven
    • Sonata in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”
    • Sonata in c minor, Op. 30, No. 2
    • Sonata in G major, Op. 30, No. 3
  • Brahms
    • Sonata in G major, Op. 78
    • Sonata in A major, Op. 100
    • Sonata in d minor, Op. 108
  • Mozart
    • Sonata in A major, K. 305
    • Sonata in B-flat major, K. 454

Viola

  • Bloch
    • Suite for Viola and Piano
  • Brahms
    • Sonata in f minor, Op. 120, No. 1
    • Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2
  • Britten
    • Lachrymae, Op. 48
  • Hindemith
    • Sonata in F major, Op. 11, No. 4

Cello

  • Beethoven
    • Sonata in g minor, Op. 5, No. 2
    • Sonata in A major, Op. 69
  • Brahms
    • Sonata in e minor, Op. 38
  • Debussy
    • Sonata in d minor
  • Mendelssohn
    • Sonata in D major, Op. 58

Vocal Repertoire List

German:

  • Brahms
    • Botschaft
    • Meine Liebe ist grün
  • Schubert
    • Der Wanderer
    • Die Forelle
    • Liebesbotschaft
  • Schumann
    • Frühlingsnacht
    • Mondnacht
    • Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
  • Strauss
    • Allerseelen
    • Ständchen
  • Wolf
    • Auf einer Wanderung
    • In dem Schatten meiner Locken

French

  • Debussy
    • from Ariettes Oubliées
  • Duparc
    • L’invitation au voyage
    • Phidylé
  • Fauré
    • En sourdine
    • Nôtre amour

English

  • Barber:
    • from Hermit Songs
    • I Hear an Army
  • Britten
    • from On This Island
  • Copland
    • from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Arias

  • Mozart
    • Martern aller Arten
  • Strauss
    • Composer’s Aria
  • Stravinsky
    • Anne Truelove’s Recitative/Aria/Cabaletta

The Keyboard Collaborative Arts faculty welcomes and encourages repertoire composed by marginalized and/or under-represented groups, including but not limited to, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women. A list of solo and collaborative piano music that was prepared by Dr. Stewart Gordon is available at this link.

Any questions in regard to collaborative repertoire may be directed to the Keyboard Collaborative Arts office by emailing classical@usc.edu or calling (213) 740-7703.