BACHELOR OF MUSIC & YOUNG ARTIST
Candidates are required to perform one selection from each of the following five groups:
One virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Scriabin, Bartok, Stravinsky, Moszkowski, Prokofiev, Ligeti, or Bolcom
Any Prelude & Fugue chosen from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Clementi (all movements)
A major work from the Romantic period*
A representative work from the 20th century to the present*
(*See FAQs on Piano Audition Guidelines for further specifications on these categories.)
Piano candidates must first submit a pre-screening video to be reviewed by the piano faculty. The repertoire required for the pre-screening video and the live audition must be the same. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to the live audition in Singapore, which 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, sight reading of a short piano piece and complete a 1-hour listening and general musical aptitude test. Each finalist will also receive a one-to-one trial lesson with a major teacher.
All audition repertoires must be performed from memory.
No exceptions or substitutions will be permitted for the above requirements.
No concerti or transcriptions are permitted.
Each candidate must also submit a Repertoire Validation List of works that he/she has studied within the last three years as part of the application process.
For the pre-screening video, each piece must be uploaded as a separate file and labelled to indicate the composer, title and movement e.g. the Prelude & Fugue and each sonata movement should be recorded as a separate file. For consistency, each piece must be an unedited, high quality recording performed in one sitting on a grand piano with the same room conditions. Recordings should be uploaded onto Google Drive, DropBox or other available accessible platforms online.
Any remaining questions regarding repertoire can be addressed to Conservatory Head of Piano Studies, Prof Thomas Hecht.