Piano Auditions for Grades 8-12
The Stivers Piano Magnet program is designed to meet the needs of each piano student. All students work on an individualized program that is specifically designed to match their musical strengths and weaknesses.
Step-By-Step Audition Process
1. Piano audition candidates should perform a piece that they have mastered and that will show the most advanced level of proficiency. This piece does not have to be memorized. Students are asked to bring an additional two copies [which may be duplicated] of the music with the measures marked for the judges' review. Or, the candidate may choose one from the selections enclosed in this packet. The difficulty of the piece will not solely determine the success of the audition.
2. The judges will also ask each student to sight-read a piece chosen by the audition team.
3. Students will be asked to play two octaves (hands together or separately) of one of the following scales: [C], [G], or [D]
4. All incoming students will be asked to write a short statement describing their goals in piano performance and their reasons for choosing Stivers to fulfill these goals.
A five-point scale in each of five categories will be used to determine the success of your audition. The categories are:
Phrasing and expression
Accuracy and fingering
The judges will also be able to write comments and opinions on the adjudication sheet. The scoring and the comments are for the judges and the Piano Magnet Director only.
How to Prepare
Pieces appropriate for the audition can be found using the links below. Remember: you want to play the pieces that represent you at your very best!
(sheet music is presented in Adobe format)