The unique demands of collaborative work with singers and instrumentalists require specialized training for pianists. The Diploma program combines repertoire study with a diverse array of courses designed to enhance specific skills, in preparation for, or in place of, graduate degree work in collaborative piano. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, normally in piano performance, including several years of experience in collaborative work, in both vocal and chamber music, and with very strong proficiency in sight reading. Some study of German and of French or Italian is recommended.The Diploma includes 29 credits of coursework, which includes both core and elective classes. Prospective students can apply online and may be eligible for a teaching assistantship.
Here is a list of audition repertoire for entrance into the program:
- One short solo piece containing some virtuosic element
- Movement 2 or 4 of the Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano (some substitution possible with approval from Professor Rena Sharon
- One substantial opera aria
- Two songs
- One opera aria to be specified by faculty
Also be sure to check out the complete list of Degree and Diploma Programs in Collaborative Piano.