Audition Information

Violin Audition Requirements

Screening Recordings:

Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in violin (for all degrees and programs) must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. Screening recordings must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2014.  We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that recordings which arrive after the December 1 deadline will be considered for advancement in the admission process. All recordings must be submitted online; please click here for detailed instructions.

Repertoire for the screening recording:

For ALL programs and degrees, the screening recording must include AT LEAST the following selections:

  • A movement from a major concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from one of Bach's Sonatas or Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001-1006)

Applicants for graduate degrees are encouraged to include further repertoire in their screening recordings so as to provide the most complete demonstration of their artistry. This is at the discretion of the applicant. (Examples of this could be a virtuoso piece or additional concerto or Bach movements).

The repertoire for the screening recording should be chosen so as best to represent the applicant's abilities and level of accomplishment. The repertoire for the screening recording may be the same as the repertoire for the actual audition, but is not required to be the same. The applicant has the option of including recordings of recent performances.

Memorization:

All materials for violin auditions must be presented from memory. The only exceptions to this are Sonatas with Piano (in the case of DM applicants) and Orchestral excerpts (in the case of PDOS applicants).

Repertoire for recorded auditions:

If you choose to audition by recording rather than in person, the repertoire requirements for the recorded auditions are exactly the same as for on-campus auditions. An audition by recording is not the same as a screening recording. However, if you know that you plan to audition by recording, you may submit your complete audition recording prior to December 1 and specify that it is intended to serve both as the screening recording and the audition recording.

The specific audition repertoire for the various programs and degrees is as follows:

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E)
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Applicants for the BM, BME, and BSOF programs should prepare all of the following:

  • The first movement of a standard major concerto with cadenza (if it has one), OR second and third movements of a standard major concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied partita or sonata by J.S. Bach.
Master of Music (M.M.)
Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)


Applicants for the MM and PDSP programs should prepare all of the following:

  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita. One of the movements should be the Ciaccona or a fugue. If the Ciaccona is chosen, an additional movement is not required.
  • An entire major concerto.
  • A Paganini caprice or some other type of virtuoso display piece.  
Performer Diploma-Orchestral Studies (P.D.O.S.)

 Applicants for the PDOS program should prepare all of the following:

 The first movement exposition of one of the selected violin concerti:

  • Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok No. 2
  • The first movement exposition of one of the Mozart Violin Concerti
  • Orchestral excerpts (these excerpts may be performed with or without music, at the discretion of the applicant):

Strauss: Don Juan: Beginning to 3 bars before letter D

Mendelssohn: Mid-Summer Night's Dream Scherzo: Begining to 15 bars after letter F

Brahms: Fourth Symphony, 4th movement Allegro energico e passionato: From 9 bars after letter A until letter D


Doctor of Music (D.M.)

     Applicants for the DM program in violin should prepare all of the following:

  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita. One of the  movements should be the Ciaccona or a fugue. If the Ciaccona is chosen, an additional movement is not required.
  • An entire major concerto.
  • A Paganini caprice or some other type of virtuoso display piece.
  • A sonata with piano (the sonata may be performed with or without music, at the discretion of the applicant).

The Jacobs School of Music does supply a pianist for doctoral entrance auditions; however, you must contact the chair of the string department as soon as your screening recording has been passed to submit repertoire and arrange a meeting with a pianist.