Conservatory of Music

String audition guidelines

Violin

Audition dates: Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Repertoire

Undergraduate

  1. One concert etude by Dont, Rode, 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

Graduate

  1. One concert etude by Dont, Rode, 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

Viola

Audition dates: Feb. 10, 11, 24, 25

Repertoire

Undergraduate

  1. Three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios
  2. One etude or caprice by Campagnoli, Fuchs, Kreutzer, Palaschko, Rode or two contrasting orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2nd mvt., beg. to C)
    • Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture (1 to 4)
    • Brahms: Haydn Variations (Vars. V & VII)
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (1st mvt., E to G, L to M)
    • 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 Bartok, Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher, Stamitz, Walton, or other major concerto of choice
  5. One sonata movement or short work

Graduate

  1. Three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios
  2. One etude or caprice by Campagnoli, Fuchs, Kreutzer, Palaschko, Rode or two contrasting orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2nd mvt., beg. to C)
    • Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture (1 to 4)
    • Brahms: Haydn Variations (Vars. V & VII)
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (1st mvt., E to G, L to M)
    • 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 Bartok, Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher, Stamitz, Walton, or other major concerto of choice
  5. One sonata movement or short work

Cello

Audition dates: Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Repertoire

Undergraduate

  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

Graduate

  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

Audition dates: Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Repertoire

Undergraduate 

  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 No. 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 No. 5, mvt. 3, complete, Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, No. 9-11, No. 40 for 8 bars

Graduate

  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 No. 5, mvt. 3, complete Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, No. 9-11, No. 40 for 8 bars, No. 77 Verdi: Otello, soli passage
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