Audition Requirements - Strings

Violin

Choose two selections of contrasting styles, one should demonstrate technical facility and the other should demonstrate beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted. The audition also includes playing major and minor scales in three octaves and sight-reading.

  • One or more movements from a standard concerto (e.g., Bruch, Mozart, Haydn, Lalo)
  • Sonata movement (e.g., solo sonatas and partitas by Bach, Beethoven, Grieg)
  • Etudes by Kreutzer, Dont, Rode

Viola

Choose two selections of contrasting styles, one should demonstrate technical facility and the other should demonstrate beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted. The audition also includes playing major and minor scales, preferably in three octavles, and sight-reading.

  • One or more movements from a standard concerto (e.g., Telemann, J.C. Bach, Handel, Hoffmeister, Stamitz)
  • One or more movements from a standard sonata (e.g., Marcello, Eccles, Schubert)
  • One or more movements from a standard concert piece (e.g. Bloch"Suite Hebraique", Bruch "Romanze", Hindemith "Trauermusik")
  • A movement from a Bach Suite for solo viola (cello)

Cello

Choose two selections of contrasting styles, one should demonstrate technical facility and the other should demonstrate beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.The audition includes playing all major and minor scales and arpeggios in at least three octaves (preferably four octaves) and sight-reading.

  • Etudes by Popper, Gruetzmacher, Piatti, Duport
  • One or more movements of a standard concerto (e.g., concerti by Haydn, Boccherini, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Elgar)
  • One or more movements of Bach (solo suites or gamba sonatas)
  • Appropriate single movement works (e.g., Spinning Song or Elfentanz by Popper,Elegy by Faure, or Kol Nidre by Bruch)

Double Bass

Choose two selections of contrasting styles, one should demonstrate technical facility and the other should demonstrate beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.The audition includes playing scales and sight-reading.

  1. One or more movements of a concerto (e.g., Dittersdorf, Van Hal, Dragonetti)
  2. One or more movements of a Baroque sonata (e.g., Bach, Marcello, Vivaldi)
  3. Etudes by Simandl, Hrabe, Storch

Harp

Choose two selections of contrasting styles, which may include: anetude (e.g. Bach, ed. Grandjany, Naderman, or Salzedo); solo work for harp; or a concerto movement. These should be performed from memory. Prospective students will also be asked to play an orchestralcadenza (e.g. Britten: Young Person’s Guide; Ravel: Tzigane; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker or Swan Lake ballets).

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