Undergraduate Strings Audition Requirements

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CELLO  |  DOUBLE BASS  |  VIOLA  |  VIOLIN

Prescreen is required for all applicants, and unless specified, prescreen requirements are the same as listed below. 


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”
  • Shostakovich
  • 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 solo (choose from the following): 
    • First movement of any standard concerto (Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Dragonetti, Koussevitsky)
    • One slow and one fast movement of a pre-approved Baroque Sonata (Marcello, Vivaldi, Bach, etc.)
    • Any Bach Cello Suite movement and edition of your choice
  • Two required orchestral 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”)

Viola

Prescreening

  • A Prelude and dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite, or two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo Violin Sonata or Partita
  • A movement from a classical or major concerto, or an original work for viola of the candidate’s choice.

On-Campus Audition

Performance majors

  • A Prelude and dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite, or two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo Violin Sonata or Partita
  • A movement from a classical or major concerto
  • An original work for viola of the candidate’s choice
  • Note: The Bach and concerto should be performed by memory

All other music majors

  • A Prelude and dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite, or two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo Violin Sonata or Partita
  • A movement from a classical or major concerto, or an original work for viola of the candidate’s choice.

Violin

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).
  • 1st movement of a major Concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach Sonata or Partita
  • An additional work of the applicant's choice