Undergraduate 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 January 1. You will receive a response and recommendation directly to your email.

Live Audition Repertoire

Violin

  1. One concert etude by Rode, Dont, Gavinies, Paganini OR Strauss: Don Juan, and four additional excerpts from the following list:
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., beg. to Trio).
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (3rd Mvt., ms. 99 – 114).
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (1st Mvt., beg. to B).
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., 8 bef. B to D).
    • Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt., 19 to 20).
    • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (1st Mvt., beg. to A).
    • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 38 & 4th Mvt., beg. to m. 78).
    • Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (1st Mvt., beg. to H).
    • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (2nd Mvt., beg. to 20 aft. K).
    • Strauss: Don Juan (beg. to 9 bef. D).
  2. Two movements from a Bach solo sonata or three movements from a Bach partita.
  3. Two movements of a standard concerto from the classical or romantic periods.
  4. One short concert piece.

Viola

  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.

Cello

  1. One etude from Popper High School, Duport 21 Etudes, Piatti 12 Carices, OR Strauss: Don Juan, Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and three additional excerpts from the following list:
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2nd Mvt., beg. to C).
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (3rd Mvt., Trio).
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (2nd Mvt., beg. to A).
    • Debussy: La Mer (1st Mvt., 2 bef. 9 to 6 bef. 10).
    • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo).
    • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., ms. 134 to 181).
    • Smetana: The Bartered Bride (Overture - beg. to A – play top line of divisi).
    • Strauss: Don Juan (beg. to C).
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (beg. to 5 aft. 2).
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., 21 bef. A to A).
  2. Three dance movements from a Bach solo suite.
  3. Two movements of a standard concerto from the classical or romantic period
  4. One short concert piece

Double Bass

Undergraduate Freshman
  1. E major and G harmonic minor scales; may be two or three octaves.
  2. One etude of choice.
  3. Two contrasting works or movements.
  4. Excerpt: Beethoven Symphony #5, movement 3 - Trio, with no repeat.
Undergraduate Transfer
  1. E major and G harmonic scales in three octaves.
  2. Two contrasting solo selections: one must be from solo Bach; other may be a movement from a sonata (either accompanied or unaccompanied) or a concerto.
  3. Excerpts:
    • Beethoven, Symphony #5, movement 3, complete.
    • Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, #9-11, # 40 for 8 bars.

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