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BM Piano Performance

The Bachelor and Master of Music programs in Piano Performance are designed to develop the necessary multifaceted skills demanded by today’s music profession. Versatility is achieved through the exploration of a varied solo-concerto repertoire encompassing major–as well as less known–works from the four major stylistic periods and the cultivation of an active collaborative experience through accompanying and multiple ensemble participation (Choir, Chamber Music, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Collegium and New Music Ensemble). An integral component of the program is the commitment to provide students with various performance opportunities in theme-oriented programs offered at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall and at different venues throughout the South Florida area as community outreach activities. Off-campus venues have included the Miami Art Museum (MAM), the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, the Coral Gables Museum, the Kossuth Hungarian Center, and the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus among others. FIU possesses two Steinway Model D concert pianos in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Concert Hall.

 

South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society

The FIU School of Music is one of 16 institutions in the US that host a chapter of the American Liszt Society. Performance opportunities include the annual concerts of the Liszt Festival held in October as well as numerous recitals and master classes given by guests, including Liszt chapter presidents from around the US.

 

Recitalists and Master Classes
Recent guests have included Dr. William Wellborn (San Francisco chapter), Dr. Nancy Roldán (Baltimore chapter), Gwendolyn Mok (San Jose State), Ksenia Nosikova (University of Iowa), Dr. Svetozar Ivanov (University of South Florida), Gabriel Dobner (James Madison University), Dr. Janet Landreth (Colorado State University) and musicologist Dr. Jonathan Kregor (Cincinnati). Past guests have included Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, Magdalena Baczewska, Dr. Paul Barnes (Nebraska Liszt chapter) and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper (Manhattan School of Music).

 

Admissions & Audition Information

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions. 

 

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application – Completing the GetAcceptd submission and pre-screening process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s School of Music. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to a live audition. Live audition dates are listed below. In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships must attend the October 24th audition date. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Your materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date. Click here to submit your pre-audition materials and select a live audition date.

 

All Piano Performance Majors and Principals are required to perform an audition for acceptance into the piano program. The results of this audition will determine the specific entry level in applied music and scholarship recommendation. All works are to be performed from memory. Personal or videotaped auditions accepted from non-residents of the Tri-County South Florida area (Miami-Dade, Broward, West Palm Beach counties).  Video must show the performers’ hands, arms and upper torso, including the head.All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, January 23, 2016 | Saturday, February 20, 2016 | Saturday, March 26, 2016

 

Repertoire for Piano Performance Majors-

  • Baroque: a Prelude and Fugue from J. S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Classical: a movement  (1st or last) from a Classical period sonata (e.g. Mozart or Beethoven)
  • Romantic: a substantial composition from the works of such composers as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninov
  • 20th Century: one work from the 20th-century repertoire (must be a published composition)

 

Repertoire for Piano Principals (areas other than Piano Performance)-

  • TWO contrasting selections from 2 distinct areas (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary), memorized.

 

BOTH Performance Majors and Principals:

  • Technique: selections from all Major and Harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves, in unison, without pedal.  Videotaped auditions: please contact Dr. López to receive the prescribed technical requirements ONE DAY prior to uploading.

 

  • Sight-reading: The applicant must show a certain proficiency in sight-reading. The basic competency level consists of simple homophonic pieces in close position.  Videotaped auditions: please contact Dr. López to receive the prescribed technical requirements ONE DAY prior to uploading.

 

Required Materials for your GetAcceptd Application-

*Performance Majors and Principals:

*Please submit a video 8-10 minutes in duration containing 2 (Classical and Romantic eras) of the four pieces intended for your audition.

*Include the following Major scales and Arpeggios (4 octaves, in unison): Eb major, B major, Ab major

*Include the following Harmonic Minor scales and Arpeggios (4 octaves, in unison): C# minor, Eb minor, F# minor, B minor

 

Theory Placement

All entering undergraduates must take a theory placement test.  At the very least, they must take a Music Fundamentals test.  Entering freshmen that have taken high school theory and transfer students who have previously taken college-level theory can try one of the upper-level tests to place out of one or more courses from the theory and sight-singing sequences. The theory placement tests may be taken either on one of our audition days or on the Thursday before the first week of classes in both Fall and Spring. For further information regarding theory placement tests, please visit the Theory Information webpage.

The Master of Music program in Piano Performance provide students with multiple opportunities to acquire a varied repertoire representing the major stylistic periods in an effort to prepare them for the exigencies of the professional field, including the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Organ Certification. Performance opportunities include participation in large ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Choirs, Collegium) and chamber music. Regular recitals given by members of the American Guild of Organists and guest performers enable students to participate in master classes throughout the year.


 

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Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ

The Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ is the spotlight of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The prestigious 125 year old Schantz Organ Company took nearly a year to build the 26-ton organ that is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. This magnificent instrument features a solid-oak console with four manual keyboards and a pedal clavier that controls its 4,255 pipes. It provides a wonderful tool for aspiring organists and unparalled performance opportunities for seasoned virtuosi.

 

Just as the performing arts center was made possible through the generosity of Herbert and Nicole Wertheim, so has their kindness made FIU the recipient of this exceptional instrument. In gratitude, the university dedicated the concert organ to the memory of Dr. Herbert Wertheim’s mother, Sydell Ida Wertheim, who passed away in 1997.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Music Degree
  • 3.0 GPA during last two years of study

 

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU  Graduate Admissions.  All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application 

Please upload the following materials on GetAcceptd:

 

Repertoire Requirements:

Must contatin 2 (Baroque and/or Classical and Romantic eras) of the 4 pieces intended for your audition

  • All works must be performed by memory
  • Baroque: one work of J.S. Bach
  • Classical: one sonata of Beethoven (except Opus 49)
  • Romantic: one large important work of the Romantic repertoire
  • 20th century: one published work of the 20th-century repertoire

 

Technique:

Selections from all Major and Harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves, in unison, without pedal.

Must include the following Major Scales and Arpeggios (4 octaves, in unison): Eb major, B major, Ab major

Must include the following Harmonic Minor Scales and Arpeggios (4 octaves, in unison): C# minor, Eb minor, F# minor, B minor

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Jose Lopez

José López

Program Coordinator of Keyboard Studies

Tel: 305.348.3697

Email: lopezjr@fiu.edu

Office Location: WPAC 143B