Undergraduate Strings Audition Requirements

CELLO  |  DOUBLE BASS  |  VIOLA  |  VIOLIN

Cello

All applicants

  • Any 3-octave major or minor scale with arpeggio.
  • An etude from any one of the following: Popper, Piatti, Duport, Grutzmacher, Schroeder.
  • Two contrasting movements from the Six Suites for Cello of J.S. Bach.  One movement should be a Prelude. Performance majors should play from memory.

Performance majors

  • First movement of a cello concerto from the standard repertoire.  Repertoire suggestions:
    • Dvorak, “Concerto in B Minor”
    • Haydn, “Concerto in C or D Major”
    • Schumann, “Concerto in A minor”
    • Shostakovitch
    • Elgar 1st and 2nd movement together (or last movement)

All other music majors

  • Any movement of a concerto
  • Any movement of a Bach Suite
  • Any etude
  • Scale and arpeggio of candidate’s choice

Double Bass

All applicants

  • One required scale: Any 2 octave major or minor scale with arpeggio.
  • One required solo (choose from the following): 
    • Capuzzi, “Concerto in F Major Mvt. 1”
    • Dragonetti, “Concerto Mvt. 1”
    • Marcello, “Sonata No. 2 in E minor”
    • Bach, Sterling ed. Bourees I and II from Suite No. 3
  • Two required Orchestra excerpts: Beethoven, “Symphony No. 5 Scherzo and Trio”
  • Choose 1 (one) of the following excerpts:
    • Wagner, “Prelude to Die Meistersingers”
    • Mozart, “Symphony No 40 Mvt 1”: twenty measures before letter C to five measures after letter C (Zimmerman ed.)
    • Beethoven, “Symphony No. 9 Mvt. IV”: Recitative followed by 16 of the Ode to Joy (the second “Allegro assai”)

Optional: Any etude on the level of: Sturm Book 1, or Simandl 30 etudes.

Viola

All applicants

  • Any major scale. Play 3 octaves: slowly for tone and intonation (3 to a bow); faster for technique and intonation (6 to 12 to a bow)
  • A Prelude and dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite, or two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo Violin Sonata or Partita

Performance majors

  • A movement from a classical or major concerto
  • An original work for viola of the candidates choice

The Bach and concerto should be performed by memory

All other music majors

  • A movement from a classical or major concerto, or a piece of the candidates choice. Suggested level of repertoire:
    • Bloch “Suite Hébraïque”
    • Bruch “Romanze”
    • Hummel “Fantasy”

Violin

All applicants

A prescreening audition is required for all Violin applicants. Please upload your prescreening videos to SlideRoom by December 1.  

Prescreening and On-Campus Audition Requirements

  • Any major scale. Play 3 octaves: slowly for tone and intonation (3 to a bow); faster for technique and intonation (6 to 12 to a bow).
  • 1st movement of a major Concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach Sonata or Partita
  • An additional work of the applicant's choice