Bachelor of Music & Young Artist

Candidates are required to perform one selection from each of the following five groups:

1.    One virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Scriabin, Bartok, Stravinsky, Moszkowski, Prokofiev, Ligeti, or Bolcom

2.    Any Prelude & Fugue chosen from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach

3.    A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Clementi

4.    A major work from the Romantic period*

5.    A representative work from the 20th century to the present*


Master of Music

A 60-minute, memorised recital programme offering contrasting styles from at least three different periods and including a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Clementi.

Note: *See FAQs on Piano Audition Guidelines for further specifications on these categories.

No exceptions or substitutions will be permitted for the above requirements.

All audition repertoires must be performed from memory.

No concerti or transcriptions are permitted.

Candidates may be asked to play scales and arpeggios, and the audition will also include sight-reading of a short piano piece. Any remaining questions regarding repertoire can be addressed to Conservatory Head of Keyboard Studies, Professor Thomas Hecht (email: musth@nus.edu.sg).

Each candidate must submit a list of works (Repertoire Validation List) he/she has studied within the last three years as part of the application process. Please also read the FAQs for more details on the audition requirements.

The live audition for piano majors will include 2 rounds:

Round 1 includes an audition featuring works selected from the candidate’s repertoire list by the audition panel, followed by a 5-minute interview and a short English oral test (for overseas candidates not exempted from the Qualifying English Test). Candidates who are in a competitive position for an offer of admission will be invited to Round 2 where they will be required to perform further works selected from the audition programme, receive a one-to-one lesson with a major teacher or the head of department, followed by a 1-hour listening test and general musical aptitude test.