Collaborative Piano | Music | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Collaborative Piano

Concentration Contact: Dr. Yuko Kato

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The Masters Degree in Collaborative Piano at SIU prepares students for careers as vocal coaches, opera coaches and pianists, professional accompanists, and teachers of collaborative piano.  Students may concentrate in either a “Vocal” track or an “Instrumental and Chamber Music” track in Collaborative Piano.  The vocal track also includes an exit requirement of knowledge of German, French, Italian, and English diction using IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

SIU offers its students valuable experience in these areas through participation in Opera and Musical Theater Productions and Workshops, studio accompanying in both the vocal and instrumental areas, chamber music, choral accompaniment, and duo piano repertoire.  Most students accepted into the program will receive a Graduate Assistantship in Accompanying that waives all tuition (up to 12 hours each semester) and includes a yearly stipend around $6000.  The degree program is a 2-year program in most cases.

Audition Requirements

1) Two (2) movements of a standard instrumental sonata
(Beethoven, Brahms, Hindemith, etc.)

2) Two (2) German Lieder of contrasting styles and composers.
(Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, etc.)

3) Two (2) French mélodie of contrasting styles and composers.
(Fauré, Duparc, Debussy, Ravel, Chausson, etc.)

4) Two (2) operatic arias from contrasting style periods.
(Almost anything from the standard Operatic Anthology Series)

5) A short sight-reading excerpt.

Each of the Piano Faculty’s bio and credentials are available on this web site.