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

  • 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)
  • A composition from the romantic period
  • A 20th or 21st-century composition.

In the case of a student with a prospective jazz emphasis, the 20th/21st century composition may be a jazz etude, transcription or improvisation on a prepared jazz piece. All music must be memorized. It is possible that not all selections will be heard at the audition, due to time limitations, but all should be prepared. Students may also be asked to sight-read.

Register for an audition 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