Spring Studies Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements

Dates for live auditions will be announced in the Fall. A well-recorded DVD audition containing the requirements listed below is acceptable and recommended for those residing a considerable distance from the DC area. Please do not submit audio-only CDs.

All auditions must be played on the candidate's own instrument, which must be of an appropriate quality for advanced study.

Orchestra audition requirements are the same as those for instrumental minor.

Requirements

Violin Major (performance)

Scales in all major and minor keys, 3 octaves, slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude of Kreutzer, Rode, or comparable difficulty. 
Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita. 
First movement of a major concerto written after 1750.

Violin Minor (education, business, therapy)

A three octave scale in both slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude.
Two short solo works or movements (complete) of contrasting style and tempo.

Viola Major (performance)

Scales in all major and minor keys, 3 octaves, slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude of Kreutzer or comparable difficulty.
Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach suite.
First movement of a major concerto or other major solo.

Viola Minor (education, business or therapy)

A three octave scale in both slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude of at least ASTA grade 3 (Hoffmeister, Kayser, Mazas, Wohlfhart)
Two contrasting solo selections of at least ASTA Grade 3 (Bach Cello Suites, Telemann Concerto, Suzuki book 4).

Violoncello Major (performance)

Scales in all major and minor keys, 3 octaves, slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude of Popper or Duport, or a Caprice by Piatti. 
Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite. 
First movement of a major concerto (Haydn C or D Major, Saint-saens, Boccherini, Elgar, Dvorak or similar difficulty).

Violoncello Minor (education, business, therapy)

A two octave scale in both slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude (Dotzauer, Merk, Lee or similar difficulty).
Two short works or movements of contrasting style and tempo.

Double Bass Major (performance)

Scales in all major and minor keys, 2 octaves, slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude of Simandl, Nanny or comparable difficulty.
Two contrasting movements from a Sonata or Bach Suite
First movement of a concerto.

Double Bass Minor (education, business, therapy)

A two octave scale in both slow and fast tempi.
A complete etude.
Two short works or movements of contrasting style and tempo.