Graduate string audition guidelines

Pre-screening video

Acceptance to Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music is highly selective; therefore, submitting a prescreening video is strongly recommended for all string applicants. 

Please email links to prescreening videos to our string department head, David Cole. Videos should contain two contrasting pieces that are representative of your current abilities and should be emailed no later than December 1. You will receive a response and recommendation directly to your email.

Live audition repertoire


  1. One concert etude by Rode, Dont, Gavinies OR Paganini.
  2. Two movements from a Bach solo sonata OR three movements from a Bach partita OR the Bach Chaconne from the 2nd partita.
  3. Two movements of a standard concerto from the classical or romantic periods, including a slow movement.
  4. One short concert piece of choice.
  5. One scale and arpeggio of choice.


  1. Three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios.
  2. One etude or caprice by Kreutzer, Campagnoli, Rode, Palaschko, Fuchs or two contrasting orchestral excerpts from the following list:
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2nd Mvt., beg. to C).
    • Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture (1 to 4).
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (1st Mvt., E to G, L to M).
    • Brahms: Haydn Variations (Vars. V & VII).
    • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo).
    • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., ms. 134 to 181).
    • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë, Suite No. 2 (158 – 161 & 196 – 199).
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 15 - 17).
    • Strauss: Don Juan (beg. to D).
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (1st Mvt., Allegro non troppo to C).
  3. Two contrasting movements from a Bach cello suite or any two movements from the Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin.
  4. The first movement from a standard concerto, such as one by Stamitz, Walton, Bartok, Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher or other major concerto of choice.
  5. One sonata movement or short work.


  1. One etude from Popper High School OR Piatti 12 Caprices.
  2. Three dance movements from a Bach solo suite, including Sarabande.
  3. Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto, including a slow movement.
  4. One short concert piece of choice.
  5. One scale and arpeggio of choice.

Double bass

  1. Bach solo Suite of choice, two contrasting movements.
  2. Two contrasting movements from a standard concerto or sonata.
  3. The following three orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven: Symphony #5, movement 3, complete.
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, #9-11, #40 for 8 bars, # 77.
    • Verdi: Otello, soli passage.

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