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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Master's, Diploma

The goals of the Piano program are to prepare the student for the many facets of a diverse performance career (soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician) and to provide the student with the musical skills and pedagogical background to become a productive teacher.

Winston Choi
,  Head of Piano Program and Associate Professor of Piano

What Differentiates Us

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OPPORTUNITIES GALORE

Guest artist master classes, workshops, performance festivals, and school-sponsored competitions provide extra opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in.

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UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Our strong and varied body of international piano students is further served by our unique English language program, which allows non-native English speakers to study English and piano intensively, to prepare them for entrance into the full BM or MM curriculum.

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Our strong and varied body of international piano students is further served by our unique English language program, which allows non-native English speakers to study English and piano intensively, to prepare them for entrance into the full BM or MM curriculum.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

  • Establish a foundation in historical and practical understanding of the musical language and evolution of music
  • Development of musicianship and reading skills

Outcomes

Gainful Employment
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Current Students

More Opportunities

CCPA’s Chicago International Music Institute faculty invites string players and pianists (HS through college aged) to apply to this exciting online event. Students will take individual private lessons and attend lectures and master classes presented by CCPA’s world-class piano and strings artist faculty through remote technology.

STRINGS

Violin: Davis King, Liba ShachtAlmita Vamos, Lillian Wang, MingHuan Xu
Viola: Li-Kuo Chang, Wee-Hsin Tan
Cello: Richard HirschlJohn Sharp
Bass: Jon McCullough-Benner

PIANO

Edward AuerJunghwa Moon AuerWinston ChoiWael FaroukKuang-Hao HuangJorge Federico Osorio

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Complete the CIMI Application
  2. Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from your private teacher
  3. Submit a 3-4 minute sample of your playing (mp3 or link to a streaming video).
  4. Email materials directly to ssalerno@roosevelt.edu. Application deadline is July 1.

Performance Opportunities

Performance classes, recitals and large ensembles

Testimonials

Winston Choi

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Roosevelt University is situated within easy walking distance of the Chicago Symphony, the Art Institute and Lyric Opera. Being in one of the world's most exciting cities, there are ample opportunities for our pianists to network, to perform in a variety of venues, and attend concerts of the highest echelon of performers. We offer a weekly performance seminar, which allows for students to play frequently in front of their peers, while faculty engage them in discussions on a large variety of pianistic and musical issues.

Winston Choi
​Head of Piano Program and Associate Professor, Piano,

Admission Info

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Piano Audition Requirements

All repertoire to be performed from memory. Sight reading will be required at all auditions.

Freshman & Sophomore transfers (BM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Three-Part Invention or a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • The first movement of a sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Music Education (BM)

  • A Two-Part Invention or another more difficult work by J.S. Bach
  • A first or last (Allegro) movement of a Mozart, Haydn, or early Beethoven sonata (through Opus 28)
  • A shorter piece by a composer of the Romantic or Impressionist school. In addition to the instrumental audition, piano applicants must present a short vocal audition for the Chair of the Music Education department.

Junior transfers (BM)

  • A work by J.S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • An Etude by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninov or Scriabin or a piece of a virtuosic nature
  • A significant work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Senior transfers (BM) or Graduate (MM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A significant work by a Romantic composer
  • A significant work by a 20th Century Composer

Performance Diploma

  • A minimum of four complete major works representing four stylistic periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century.
  • At least one of these must be a multi-movement work.