String Studies and Guitar

Technical Skills

  • Violin: All major and minor scales and arpeggios, three octaves minimum memorized.
  • Viola: All major and minor scales and arpeggios, three octaves minimum, memorized.
  • Cello: All major and minor scales, three octaves minimum, memorized.
  • Double Bass: All major scales, one-octave minimum, memorized.

Repertoire Requirements (accompaniment not required):

Concentration in: Performance
  • Violin: one movement of a standard concerto and one movement of a Bach unaccompanied Sonata or Partita. Memorization is required.
  • Viola: Two works contrasting in period and style. These works may be movements from a concerto/sonata or separate works. Memorization is required.
  • Cello: Suggested repertoire - one movement of a standard concerto, and one movement of a Bach solo suite. Memorization is required.
  • Double Bass: Marcello Sonata in E Minor (two contrasting movements) or work of comparable difficulty. Memorization is not required.
Concentration in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music or Music Minor:
  • Violin, Viola and Cello: Two-octave scales and two contrasting movements or pieces. Memorization optional.
  • Double Bass: Marcello Sonata in E Minor (two contrasting movements) or work of comparable difficulty. Memorization is not required. Demonstration of sight reading proficiency.

Classical Guitar: Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music or Music Minor:

  • Perform two or three contrasting pieces from memory.
  • All applicants must audition on a classical (nylon string) guitar and may not play with a pick.
  • Pieces performed must be of at least equivalent technical difficulty to the following:
    • Heitor Villa-Lobos, Cinq Preludes
    • Fernando Sor, Study in B minor
    • J.S. Bach, Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1
    • Leo Brouwer, El Decameron Negro
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Adam Larison to discuss audition material before the audition date.