Audition Information

Part 1: Guidelines for Auditions

Be sure to read Part 2: Video Requirements and Tips before recording your audition video

Auditions for the 2024 session will be submitted via video (smartphone videos are okay!). Instructions for submitting a video audition will be sent via automated email after the application has been completed (be sure to check spam folders if you do not see the confirmation email when the application form is submitted). If you are unable to submit a video audition, please check the box at the end of the application form that indicates you need an alternate way to audition and you will be contacted by the PSE staff.

Audition Requirements

  1. One short piece, or a concerto or sonata movement.
  2. Please record your answers to the following questions at the beginning or end of your audition video.  If you like, you can submit a second video with the answers to the questions below . 
    • 1.What do you hope to get out of your time with PSE?
    • 2. What do you like most about playing your instrument?
    • 3. What is your favorite music to listen to?
  3. Please prepare all excerpts listed for your instrument below (unless a choice is indicated):









No excerpts required, just one short piece, or a concerto or sonata movement as described above.
As an example of level, below is a list of the piano repertoire performed at PSE 2022.

  • Bagatelles, Op. 47 by Antonín Dvořák
    • I. Allegretto scherzando
    • III. Allegretto scherzando
    • V. Poco Allegro
  • Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob XV:25 by Franz Joseph Haydn
    • I. Andante
    • III. Finale
  • Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • I. Allegro
  • Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
    • I. Allegro brillante