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 a recording to be pre-screened by the faculty. The results of this pre-screen will determine whether an applicant will be invited to perform a live audition on the USC campus in Los Angeles.

Note: 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 “Personal Introductory Video” as part of their SlideRoom Portfolio. For detailed instructions click here.

Prescreen Audition Information

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

Live Audition Information

To be considered for the KCA program, ALL applicants are required to audition live in person. The applicant 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 sight-reading ability
  6. 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. The auditionee normally is expected to supply both instrumentalists and singers. Should this not be possible, the KCA department faculty will be happy to play and sing with the auditionee. 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


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

Any questions in regard to collaborative repertoire may be directed to the Keyboard Collaborative Arts office by calling (213) 740-7703. Please visit our Audition page for more specific information regarding audition dates.

Additional information

It is expected that pianists who live within a 100-mile radius of Los Angeles will provide their own partners for their audition. However, for pianists who come from further away or are new to the area, the faculty hearing the auditions will be happy to play instrumental parts on a second piano and are willing to sing vocal selections with auditioning collaborative pianists.

For auditioning pianists that come from far away, there are a number of very talented USC students, singers, and instrumentalists in the area who sometimes are willing to participate in the audition process as performing partners. They do this for a fee that is set by them (the KCA department does not become involved in the setting or payment of fees) and some of them are willing to rehearse beforehand. Most would only rehearse on the day of the audition or perhaps the day before, though you may find someone who is willing to rehearse with you on a longer-term basis. If you would like a list of potential partners that you could contact yourself, please contact the Keyboard Studies Department regarding the repertoire you would like to offer for your audition and we will make some recommendations for persons you might wish to contact. You can reach the Keyboard Studies Department at (213) 740-7703. There is no guarantee that we will be able to identify partners available at the time of your audition or that we will be able to identify partners to perform every piece. We do this only as a courtesy and not as a required service on our part.