Strings: Suggested Audition Materials

  • A prospective violin, viola, cello, or double bass student should be prepared to play from the repertoire listed below, which is at the minimum level. A more advanced student should play major and minor scales in three octaves, an etude representative of current technical concentration, and a fast and slow movement of contrasting styles from a concerto or sonata.

    Violin

    Prepare one etude from the following:

    • Dont
    • Fiorillo
    • Kreutzer

    Prepare two contrasting selections such as the following:

    • The first two movements of a Handel Sonata or a Seitz Concerto

    OR

    • A movement from a Concerto by Bach, Mozart, or Vivaldi.

    Viola

    Prepare one etude from the following:

    • Blumenstengel
    • Kreutzer
    • Campagnoli

    Prepare two contrasting selections such as the following:

    • Telemann, Concerto in G Major, a fast and slow movement
    • Marcello, Sonata in E Minor, a fast and slow movement

    Violoncello

    Prepare one etude from the following:

    • Dotzauer, Book I
    • Dotzauer, Book II
    • Grützmacher, Technology of Violoncello Playing

    Prepare one of the following:

    • Vivaldi, Sonata in A minor
    • Goltermann, Concerto No. 4 in G Major
    • Sammartini, Sonata in G Major
    • Collier, Cellist’s Favorite Contest Album, any piece

    Double Bass

    Prepare one etude from the following:

    • Simandl, Book I
    • Simandl, Thirty Etudes

    Prepare one of the following:

    • Bach for the Young Bass Player, any two selections.
    • Vivaldi, Sonata in E Minor
    • Marcello, Sonata in G Major

    Guitar

    Prepare an etude of moderate difficulty by the following:

    • Sor
    • Giuliani
    • Carulli
    • Carcassi
    • Aguado

    From the solo guitar literature, prepare one baroque piece and one romantic piece.

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