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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

All graduate candidates in viola performance will be required to upload a prescreening audition to SlideRoom by December 1

Prescreening and On-Campus Audition Requirements

Select two or three contrasting selections from the options below which best demonstrate your ability. 

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

A 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 and 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