Strings

String audition requirements

In response to the ongoing global health crisis, we are currently reviewing our audition procedures for the 2021-2022 school year to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Please check back for updates!

Prescreen required for all applicants.

All pieces must be presented from memory. The only exceptions to this are sonatas with piano for D.M. applicants and orchestral excerpts for P.D.O.S. applicants, and chamber repertoire for P.D.C.M. applicants.


Prescreen

All applicants

The repertoire for the prescreen should be chosen so as best to represent your abilities and level of accomplishment, and must include at least:

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

You have the option of including recordings of recent performances as well.

Applicants for graduate degree programs are encouraged to include further repertoire in your recordings to provide the most complete demonstration of your artistry (e.g., a virtuoso piece, additional concerto or Bach movements).


Live audition

The repertoire for the live audition may be the same as the repertoire from the prescreen but is not required to be the same.

Undergraduate applicants
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.)
  • The first movement of a standard major concerto with cadenza (if it has one) or the second and third movements
  • Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied partita or sonata by J. S. Bach
Graduate and diploma applicants
Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Artist Diploma (A.D.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)
  • 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
  • D.M. applicants only: A sonata with piano (may be performed with or without music)
Performer Diploma-Orchestral Studies (P.D.O.S.)
  • First movement exposition of one of the following violin concerti: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok No. 2
  • First movement exposition of one of the Mozart Violin Concerti
  • Orchestral excerpts (may be performed with or without music): Strauss - Don Juan (beginning to 3 bars before letter D); Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo (beginning to 15 bars after letter F); Brahms - Symphony No. 4, Mvt. 4, Allegro energico e passionate (9 bars after letter A to letter D)

Prescreen is required for doctoral applicants only.


Undergraduate applicants

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.)

  • First-year applicants: Two contrasting pieces
  • Transfer applicants: Two movements of a solo Bach work and a solo of your choice

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

  • Excerpts from a recital program, including no fewer than three contrasting works
  • For doctoral applicants, the repertoire for the live audition may be the same as the repertoire from the prescreen but is not required to be the same.

Performer Diploma-Orchestral Studies (P.D.O.S)

  • First movement of one of the following concertos: Walton, Bartok, Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher
  • First movement of a Classical concerto
  • Three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts of your choice

Prescreen is required for doctoral applicants only.


Undergraduate applicants

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.)

  • First-year applicants: Two contrasting movements from two different pieces
  • Transfer applicants: Two movements of a solo Bach work and a solo of their choice

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo suite
  • A major concerto
  • A solo piece of your choice
  • For doctoral applicants, the repertoire for the live audition may be the same as the repertoire from the prescreen but is not required to be the same.

Performer Diploma-Orchestral Studies (P.D.O.S.)

  • First movement of either the Schumann or Dvorak Concerto
  • First movement of the Haydn D Major Concerto
  • First page of Strauss - Don Juan
  • Two contrasting excerpts selected from the following: Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 2 and 3; Beethoven - Symphony No. 8, Mvt. 3 (Trio); Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo; Brahms - Symphony No. 2, Mvt. 2; Verdi - Requiem, No. 3 Offertorium

Prescreen is required for all applicants

Guidelines for all applicants

Applicants must prepare the following for both the prescreen and live auditions. Prescreen repertoire should meet these repertoire requirements but may differ from the final audition program. 

Prescreen recordings do not need to be recorded in one continuous take. Separate recording submissions of each solo and/or excerpt are permitted.


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.), Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

  • Two works from the standard solo literature, contrasting in both tempo and style
  • Two (undergraduate applicants) or three (graduate applicants) excerpts representing different composers, selected from the following list:
    • Mozart: 1st or 4th movements of Symphony No. 35, 39, or 40
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 3 (Scherzo); Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 3 (Scherzo and Trio); Symphony No. 9, Mvt. 4 (letter K (mm. 431-525) and/or letter M (mm. 541-594))
    • Brahms: 1st or 4th movements of Symphony No. 1 or 2
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Don Juan
  • Graduate applicants only: A movement from a major concerto

Performer Diploma-Orchestral Studies (P.D.O.S.)

  • One movement from the Bach Cello Suites
  • One work from the standard solo literature that is contrasting in tempo and style
  • One orchestral solo chosen from the following: Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite; Ginastera - Variations Concertantes; Verdi - Otello, Act III solo; Haydn: Symphony No. 31 solo
  • Four standard orchestral excerpts representing four different composers, selected from the following:
    • Mozart: 1st or 4th movements of Symphony No. 35, 39, or 40
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 3 (Scherzo); Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 3 (Scherzo and Trio); Symphony No. 9, Mvt. 4 (letter K (mm. 431-525) and/or letter M (mm. 541-594))
    • Brahms: 1st or 4th movements of Symphony No. 1 or 2
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Don Juan

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

  • One complete sonata
  • One complete standard concerto
  • Two works from the standard solo literature (at least one work should be performed from memory)

Performer Diploma-Chamber Music (P.D.C.M.)

The P.D.C.M. is for established string quartets. Pre-formed groups should prepare:

  • Two complete contrasting string quartets

The Jacobs School of Music will supply a pianist for doctoral auditions only. Doctoral applicants invited for live auditions must contact the chair of the string department to submit repertoire and arrange a meeting with a pianist.

 

 

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