Major in Piano Performance

Overview

The Piano Program at The College of St. Scholastica offers a B.A. in Music with a concentration in piano. The program suits pianists with a variety of career goals and is versatile enough to include students who wish to focus on solo performance, collaborative piano, or piano pedagogy. Elective courses are offered in these three areas to ensure well-roundedness for developing musicians. For a detailed list of curriculum requirements for the music major, please click here.

Audition Requirements: Piano Performance

Applicants to The College of St. Scholastica seeking to major in music with an emphasis in piano performance are required to audition during one of the Sister Monica Laughlin Music Scholarship audition days preceding their enrollment as a music major.*

Please adhere to the following repertoire guidelines. Every applicant must perform repertoire from two of the three categories listed below. You may elect to offer more pieces if you wish.

All repertoire must be memorized.

• A contrapuntal work or group of works by Johann Sebastian Bach
• One work from the Classical period by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert (single movements from sonatas are acceptable)
• One work from the Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras

*Applicants who are unable to attend an audition are encouraged to get in touch with Dr. Nicholas Susi (nsusi@css.edu) in order to find an alternate arrangement.

Scholarships for Piano Majors

All applicants to the music major with an emphasis in piano performance are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships based upon their audition. Auditions are held during the Music Department's designated Sister Monica Laughlin Music Scholarship audition days. Audition dates and the application form for the Sister Monica Laughlin Music Scholarship are available here.