Harpsichord

All students wishing to study harpsichord at Eastern Michigan University must audition in person or by unedited, continuous recording. Arrangements of popular music are not permissible audition material.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate auditionees wishing to major or minor in harpsichord may audition on the piano. If you choose to audition on the piano instead of on the harpsichord, please include a work of J. S. Bach and a movement of a Classical sonata as part of your audition. Improvisation is welcome at any audition.

Bachelor of Music - Performance
Perform three contrasting works, including a prelude and fugue or movements from a dance suite of J. S. Bach, a French piece (for instance, by Couperin or Rameau), and a piece of your choice. Memory is encouraged. Students may be asked to sightread, to perform a continuo piece, and perform major and minor scales.

Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Perform two contrasting pieces, including a work of J. S. Bach. Students may be asked to sightread and perform a major scale.

Minor
Perform two contrasting pieces, including a work of J. S. Bach. Students may be asked to sightread and perform a major scale.

Elective
Students wishing to take private lessons as an elective must schedule an audition.
Perform two contrasting pieces, including a work of J. S. Bach.

Graduate

All students applying for Master of Arts degree in harpsichord are required bring a repertoire list to their audition. Improvisation is welcomed at any audition.

Master of Music in Performance - Harpsichord
Perform three contrasting works, including a J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue, or movements from a dance suite, a French Baroque work (for instance, by Couperin or Rameau), and a piece of your choice. Memory is encouraged. Perform a continuo part. Students may be asked to sightread and perform major and minor scales.

For graduate auditions, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. James Wagner.