Piano Audition Requirements for 2021-2022 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 2, 2020 – January 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

PREAUDITION MEETING – virtual for 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
6:00 pm
link to be place here on meeting day

Because of Covid19, DSA will not have any in-person tours or Preview Mornings for the 20/21 school year.   A full Preview Morning video can be found here.



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.

These are from LAST YEAR.

These will be updated during the fall of 2020

Our arts teachers are currently working on how they will complete online auditions in Jan/Feb 2021.
As soon as each major decides how this will be accomplished, it will be placed here.


DSA Piano Studies is not a beginner’s program. All auditioning students are expected to have had successful experience as performers before they audition. With that said, DSA Piano Studies is an inclusive program that is comprised of students with diverse musical backgrounds in classical, jazz, gospel, and popular music.

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

There are three major components:

  1. The student will perform FROM MEMORY two contrasting selections. These can include music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and 20th Century time periods. Jazz, Gospel, and Popular Music is also acceptable.
  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.
  3. Students should prepare for a brief interview with Mr. Alpaugh to discuss accomplishments, goals, and their interest in the DSA Piano Studies program.
  4. No portfolio is required.