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:
  1. Recordings that demonstrate your solo performance ability are preferred. Use of electronic mediums such as synthesizers and engineered tracks is discouraged.
  2. Submit two contrasting pieces from different styles and periods. Repertoire suggestions are listed on the Submit an Audition page of the Admissions website.
  3. Submit recordings with high audio quality to facilitate the review.
  4. Indicate composers, catalogue numbers, and movements clearly in each selection.
Repertoire Suggestions:

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.