Prospective Students: Instructions for Piano Portfolio Submissions
Prospective students interested in pursuing piano studies, are encouraged to submit a video recording of their performance through the Applicant Portal on the W&L Admissions website. Submissions strengthen your application portfolio in general and provide a better understanding of skills and interests.
Please review the checklist below for submission recommendations:
- Recordings that demonstrate your solo performance ability are preferred. Use of electronic mediums such as synthesizers and engineered tracks is discouraged.
- Submit two contrasting pieces from different styles and periods. Repertoire suggestions are listed on the Submit an Audition page of the Admissions website.
- Submit recordings with high audio quality to facilitate the review.
- Indicate composers, catalogue numbers, and movements clearly in each selection.
Two pieces chosen from any of the categories below:
- The Baroque Era (examples include works by such composers as J.S. Bach, François Couperin, or Domenico Scarlatti)
- The Classical Era (examples include works by such composers as Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart, or Muzio Clementi)
- The Romantic Era (examples include works by such composers as Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt)
- The Modern Era (examples include works by such composers as Debussy, Bartók, Copland, or Ginastera)
- Any other prepared pieces.
The selections should be played from memory whenever possible and should contrast with one another in style and/or historical era.