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CELLO | DOUBLE BASS | VIOLA | VIOLIN

Cello

Applicants to the Master of Music

Live audition or a video recording uploaded to SlideRoom

  • Two contrasting movements from Bach Cello Suite 4, 5, or 6
  • The first movement from a major Concerto
  • An additional work of the applicant’s choice

Unaccompanied works and Concertos are to be performed from memory.

Applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts

Live audition is required. 

  • Complete Bach Cello Suite
  • Complete major Concerto
  • Commercially published piece of the applicant’s choice

Unaccompanied works and Concertos are to be performed from memory.

Double Bass

Applicants to the Master of Music

Live audition or a video recording uploaded to SlideRoom. The audition should consist of 15-20 minutes of selections from the following:

  • One movement from a Bach Cello Suite
  • One movement from a major Concerto- Bottesini, Koussevitzky, etc.
  • Orchestra excerpts:
    • Mozart Symphony #40 movements 1 and 4
    • Beethoven Symphony #5 Scherzo and Trio
    • Strauss Ein Heldenleben #9 through #13

Unaccompanied works and Concertos are to be performed from memory.

Applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts

Live audition is required. The audition should consist of 15-20 minutes of selections from the following:

  • Bach Cello Suite- any edition
  • Sonata or Modern composition
  • Complete major Concerto
  • An Orchestra excerpt from each major style:
    • Baroque- Bach Orch. Suite #2 Polonaise and Badinerie
    • Classical- any Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven Symphony
    • Romantic- Brahms Symphony #2: Movements 1 and 4 or Strauss Ein Heldenleben #9 and #77

Unaccompanied works and Concertos are to be performed from memory.

Applicants to the Artist Diploma

  • For students holding a Bachelors degree in performance, the requirements are the same as the Master of Music.
  • For students holding a Masters degree in performance, the requirements are the same as the Doctor of Musical Arts, but a recorded audition may be uploaded to SlideRoom if a live audition is not possible.

Viola

Applicants to the Master of Music

Live audition or a recorded audition uploaded to SlideRoom

  • Selected sections from the following:
    • Prelude and dance movement from Bach Cello Suite 4, 5, or 6, or two contrasting movements from a Bach Violin Sonata or Partita
    • Movement from a major twentieth or twenty-first century Concerto
    • An original work for viola of the candidates choice

Unaccompanied works and Concertos should be performed from memory.

Applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts

Live audition is required. The audition should consist of 30-45 minutes of selected sections from the following:

  • A complete Bach Cello Suite or Violin Sonata or Partita
  • A complete major twentieth or twenty-first century Concerto
  • An original work for viola of the candidates choice

Unaccompanied works and Concertos should be performed from memory.

Applicants to the Artist Diploma

  • For students holding a Bachelors degree in performance, the requirements are the same as the Master of Music.
  • For students holding a Masters degree in performance, the requirements are the same as the Doctor of Musical Arts, but a video recording may be uploaded to SlideRoom if a live audition is not possible.

Violin:

All graduate candidates in violin performance will be required to upload a prescreening audition to SlideRoom by December 1. Prescreening requirements are the same as the on-campus audition requirements.

Applicants for all degrees

Live audition is required. All works to be presented from memory. The audition should consist of a 20-25 minute performance of selections from each of the following:

  • Complete major Concerto
  • 1st & 2nd movements of Bach Sontatas in G, A, or C
  • Caprice by Paganini or its equivalent in virtuosity