Piano performance students study with Stephanie Cheng or Steven Mayer, award-winning artist-teachers who enjoy international reputations as performers and pedagogues. Students enrolled in piano pedagogy will study with Emily Book McGree, a distinguished pianist, educator, clinician and teacher trainer.

We foster a vibrant collaborative music setting, including participation in duets, small chamber groups, and large ensembles. Students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, and Lamont holds the distinction of an All-Steinway School with 85 acoustic pianos from the Steinway Piano Company.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. 

    The 2021 interview dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

Twenty minutes of memorized repertoire to include three or four pieces, each from a different period:

  • Baroque (e.g., two-part invention by Bach)
  • Classical (e.g., Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven Sonata – one movement)
  • Romantic (e.g., Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms)
  • Twentieth Century (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Schonberg, Bartok, Hindemith)

Undergraduate (Minor)

  • Ten minutes of repertoire consisting of two or more classical-genre pieces or movements
  • All major scales, four octaves
  • Memorization is not required

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

Applicants should prepare a solo recital program of at least 45 minutes of repertoire. Prelude & Fugue and sonata should be complete; concertos are not accepted. Music should be memorized and selections should include:

  • A major work from the Baroque period (e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, etc.)
  • A major work from the Classical period (e.g., Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, etc.)
  • A major work from the Romantic period (e.g., Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, etc.)
  • A major work from the 20th century (e.g., Bartok, Hindemith, Schonberg, Copland, Barber, etc.)

Pedagogy Applicants

In addition to the graduate audition requirements above, applicants must submit/complete the following:

  • A research paper related to music education/pedagogy (as per undergraduate work),
  • A 20-minute video of teaching, and
  • An interview with the piano pedagogy faculty.

Review requirements for Artist Diploma


Stephanie Shih-Yu Cheng

Stephanie Cheng

Teaching Assistant Professor

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Steven Mayer with piano in background

Steven Mayer


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Emily Book McGree

Emily McGree

Adjunct Faculty

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CTA pattern (books, scales, etc)

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