Piano Audition Requirements for 2020-2021 Admissions

All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.

Mitchell Alpaugh

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November 1, 2019 – January 4, 2020 at 9:00 am

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
6:00 pm
Student Success Center

DSA does not have a shadow program.  Instead, we have 5 Preview Mornings.  Preview is from 7:40 am – 9:30 am.  It is for both parents and students.  Everyone will spend the first half of the time in one large group hearing from the DSA principal.  After the large group session, students and parents will receive a tour of the school from a DSA parent who is in the same major you’re interested in auditioning for.

To sign up for a Preview Morning, click HERE

Your specific audition time will be given to you at the preaudition meeting.  Audition dates are:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Burkett ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.


The Piano Major at DSA is designed to provide talented students with educational and performance opportunities that will supplement their private piano study.  It is expected that private teachers will be a visible, positive, and integral part of this process.  While at DSA, students participate in Music Theory and Music History classes and will pursue rigorous academic studies.  DSA is a top-rated school in the state of Colorado, and students are expected to learn, practice, and work accordingly.  That having been said, DSA is a nurturing environment, and students will benefit from a diverse, enjoyable, and exciting experience from a group of the finest teachers in any school anywhere.

The DSA Piano Major is not a beginner’s program. All auditioning students are expected to have had successful experience as performers before they audition at DSA.  Students auditioning at the middle school level should be able to perform at the skill level of the Sonatinas of Clementi or Kuhlau or the Two-Part Inventions of J.S. Bach.  Students auditioning at the high school level should be able to perform the easier sonatas of Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart, or the Songs Without Words of Mendelssohn.

No specific audition times are offered.  MS students should arrive at 9:00 a.m. on the designated audition day, and HS student should arrive at 1:00 p.m. on the designated audition day.  You will be assigned your audition time when you arrive.  Please plan to block out the entire morning or afternoon for this process.

Students must provide one copy of music for the judges.  Copyrighted material must not be photocopied.

No portfolio is required.  Students are encouraged to bring a resume of past performances, and should be prepared to discuss other accomplishments.

There are two major components:

1.  The student will perform FROM MEMORY two contrasting selections. The selections can include music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th Century Periods, and can also include pieces from the Jazz, Broadway Musical, or pop repertoire.  (90%)

2.  The student will perform a set of major and minor scales, hands together, at a rate of speed appropriate for the student’s age.  The student must perform the major and the three forms (natural, harmonic, and melodic) of the minor scales in any key of his/her choice.  6th Graders perform scales hands together in two octaves, and 7th-12th Graders perform scales hands together in four octaves.  (10%)