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Audition Requirements for Strings

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Undergraduate Requirements

Violin

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • 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
  • Major and minor scales in three octaves
  • Sight-reading

Viola

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • 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)
  • Major and minor scales, preferably three octaves
  • Sight-reading

Cello

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • 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)
  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios, at least three octaves (preferably four octaves)
  • Sight-reading

Double Bass

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • One or more movements of a concerto (e.g., Dittersdorf, Van Hal, Dragonetti)
    • One or more movements of a Baroque sonata (e.g., Bach, Marcello, Vivaldi)
    • Etudes by Simandl, Hrabe, Storch
  • Scales
  • Sight-reading

Harp

  • Two selections of contrasting styles. Choices may include an etude (e.g., Bach, ed. Grandjany, Naderman, or Salzedo); solo work for harp; or a concerto movement. These should be performed from memory.
  • An orchestral cadenza (e.g., Britten Young Person’s Guide; Ravel Tzigane; Tchaikovsky Nutcracker or Swan Lake).

Guitar

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.:
    • Etude, e.g. Carcassi, Op. 60
    • One piece from Noad, Solo Guitar Playing, Vol. 1 from p. 120 to the end
  • 2-octave major scales using rest-strokes and free strokes demonstrating good technique for both hands.
  • Sight reading

Graduate Requirements

Violin

  • Three contrasting selections from the following:
    • Movement of a major concerto (e.g., Beethoven, Dvorak, Sibelius)
    • Solo sonata movement (e.g., Bach, Ysaye)
    • Concert piece (e.g., Tzigane by Ravel, Sarasate, Wieniawski)
    • Caprices by Rode, Dont, Gavinies, Paganini
  • Major and minor scales in three octaves
  • Sight-reading

Viola

Contact Professor Mary Harris for information.

Cello

  • First movement of a standard concerto, from memory (e.g., concerti by Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar, Lalo, Schumann, Shostakovich; Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky)
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite from memory
  • Two contrasting movements of a standard sonata (e.g., sonatas by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev)
  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves
  • Sight-reading

Double Bass

  • One or more movements of a concerto (e.g., Bottesini No. 2, Van Hal)
  • Character piece or sonata (e.g., Sonata by Hindemith, cello suites or gamba sonatas by Bach)
  • Orchestral excerpts (e.g., any symphony by Beethoven or Brahms, tone poems by Strauss)
  • Etude by Simandl (e.g., Gradus ad Parnassum)

Harp

Contact Professor Jacquelyn Davis for information.