Audition requirements for admission to the Piano Department include the following:

For Bachelor of Music applicants:

  • A Bach Prelude and Fugue or other Bach composition containing a fugue (such as a Toccata or Partita)
  • A Sonata-Allegro movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert (usually the first movement)
  • Two additional pieces showing virtuosity, stylistic diversity, and evidence of considerable experience at the instrument.

We welcome and encourage the inclusion in your audition program of a work written by a composer from an underrepresented group, and/or written in the last fifty years.

For Bachelor of Arts with a major in music applicants:

  • Plan to audition with a short program showing evidence of considerable experience at the instrument. Your program should demonstrate your ability to perform notated music in the classical style at a college level in a variety of styles.
  • ​Accepted students who desire to transfer from the BA program to the Bachelor of Music program during their first year will have the option of auditioning for that program, in consultation with their primary teacher.


In both degree options, memorization is highly preferred except in the case of a newer or complex score.

The audition is designed to determine not only your current level of achievement but also your degree of interest and potential for growth. We encourage all serious students to apply and to consult with piano faculty about which degree program may be more appropriate. We look forward to hearing you!

In the case of a Bachelor of Music student with a prospective jazz emphasis, you may include a jazz etude, transcription or improvisation on a prepared jazz piece. 

Learn more about the application and audition process here.

For more information on auditions for admission to the Piano Department at the Lawrence Conservatory, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-227-0982 or at admissions@lawrence.edu.