String Audition Information


 Two 3-octave scales: two etudes such as Duport or Popper; two movements from solo repertoire

Double Bass

Two 2-octave scales; two studies from an etude book such as Simandl; two movements or pieces of differing styles selected from bass literature

Harp (for Undergraduate Admission)

Technique (one from each category): Major scales, arpeggios and tonic glissandos

Any of the following etudes

  • Conditioning Exercises by Carlos Salzedo
  • Method for Harp - Carlos Salzedo
  • Preludes Intimes - Carlos Salzedo, Bochsa Etudes

One each from the following category:

  • Ballet excerpt: Waltz of the Flowers cadenza from The Nutcracker, opening of Act 2 Giselle - Adophe Adam
  • Orchestral excerpt: Capriccio Espangnol, Rimsky-Korsakov;  Scottish Fantasy, Bruch
  • Opera excerpt: Madama Butterfly - Puccini, or any standard excerpt from a Wagner opera

Solo material-choose one or more from the following:

  • Aria in Classic Style - M Grandjany
  • First movement of Concerto in B-Flat - Handel
  • Suite of Eight Dances - C Salzedo
  • Sonatine - M Tournier
  • Colorado Trail - M Grandjany
  • Sonatine - Dussek
  • Sonata in C minor - Peschetti

Harp (for Graduate Admission)

Applicants for admission to the Master of Music or Performer's Certficate should perform a live audition or submit a professional-quality video recording that includes the following:

Twenty to thirty minutes of music with at least 15 minutes memorized.  Repertoire should include:

  1. a work from the Baroque period
  2. a work by Handel, Dussek, or Peschetti
  3. a 20th-century solo by Salzedo, Grandjany, Ravel, Faure, Hindemith or other pertinent composer
  4. one orchestral excerpt of your choice

Jazz Bass

Please prepare:

  1. A blues
  2. Two or three jazz standards where you walk, play at least one melody, and be able to solo over these selections
  3. A swing selection
  4. One straight eighth feel composition.  

There may also be sight-reading.

Viola (for Undergraduate Admission)

Two 3-octave scales; two or three contrasting selections, to include:

  1. A movement from a 19th or 20th c. viola sonata (e.g. Schubert, Brahms, Hindemith, Clarke) OR concerto (e.g. Walton, Hindemith, Bartok); OR a recital work (e.g. Brcuh "Romanze", Bloch "Suite Hebraique" from this period
  2. One or two movements from Bach's solo cello suites or violin sonatas and partitas, OR another selection in Baroque or Classical style (e.g. movement from Stamitz or Hoffmeister concerto)

Viola (for Graduate Admission)

Three contrasting selections

  1. A concerto movement
  2. A sonata movement or recital work (see above)
  3. One or two movements of solo Bach


Two 3-octave scales; one advanced study (ex. Kreutzer, Dont or Paganini); two movements of a sonata, concerto, or from solo literature