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String Auditions

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We’re all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it’s still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you’ve come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can’t wait to hear you.

Audition Requirements: Strings

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Anyone residing in California

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Recorded are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside the United States
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal DecisionDesk Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Violin

Undergraduate (audition repertoire should be memorized)

  1. Bach solo violin sonatas and partitas (two contrasting movements)
  2. Movement of a standard concerto
  3. Two études
  4. One composition of the applicant’s choice (Mozart preferred if the standard concerto for category 2 is not a Mozart concerto)

If the audition requirements are not fulfilled, the applicant may be disqualified from further consideration.

Graduate (audition repertoire should be memorized)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo suite, sonata, or partita
  2. One Paganini caprice or brilliant concert piece
  3. One complete Romantic or contemporary concerto
  4. One movement of a Mozart concerto

If the audition requirements are not fulfilled, the applicant may be disqualified from further consideration.

Concertmaster Track (Graduate only; audition repertoire should be memorized)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo suite, sonata or partita
  2. One Paganini caprice or brilliant concert piece
  3. One complete Romantic or contemporary concerto
  4. One movement of a Mozart concerto
  5. Orchestral Excerpts: R. Strauss, Don Juan (1st page) and Mozart Symphony No. 39, Finale (4th mvt) through bar #78

Viola

Undergraduate

  1. Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo suite, sonata, or partita
  2. One movement from a standard concerto
  3. One work of the applicant’s choice

Graduate

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo suite, sonata, or partita
  2. One movement of a concerto (with cadenza, as applicable); one movement of a sonata. One of the latter must have been written in the 20th or 21st century.

Cello

Undergraduate

  1. One movement from a standard concerto
  2. Two contrasting movements from a Bach suite
  3. One short work from the 20th-century repertoire

Graduate

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach cello suite
  2. One movement of a sonata and one movement of a concerto, one of which must be from the 20th or 21st century

Double Bass

Undergraduate

  1. Major and minor scales in two octaves or an étude of your choice
  2. One movement from a baroque or classical sonata, concerto, or one-movement piece
  3. One movement or a one-movement piece from the romantic or contemporary repertoire

Graduate

  1. One concerto or virtuoso piece
  2. Two contrasting movements from either a sonata or multi-movement work from the romantic or contemporary repertoire, or two contrasting movements of a Bach cello suite

Harp

Undergraduate

  1. One étude for harp
  2. Two compositions of intermediate difficulty from different periods

Graduate

  1. Evidence of solo performances and orchestral participation
  2. Ravel's Introduction et Allegro, Handel's Concerto in B-flat (entire work), or comparable works

Harp auditions are set up by appointment. You will be contacted by the Conservatory to schedule an audition.

Audition Dates

Violin

Live Audition Dates at SFCM:

  • January 29, 2017
  • February 12, 2017
  • February 19-20

Viola

Live Audition Dates at SFCM:

  • January 29, 2017
  • February 20, 2017

Cello

Live Audition Dates at SFCM:

  • January 30, 2017
  • February 12, 2017

Double Bass

Live Audition Dates at SFCM:

  • January 23, 2017
  • February 13, 2017

All Regional Auditions (North America):

  • Montreal: January 12, 2017 - Schulich School of Music, McGill University
  • Interlochen: January 14, 2017
  • Chicago: January 16, 2017
  • Boston: February 22, 2017 - Boston University
  • New York: February 24, 2017 - NOLA Sound Studio, Manhattan

All Regional Auditions (Asia):

  • Seoul: October 16, 2016 - Naeum Art Hall
  • Taipei: October 18, 2016 - The Forum Auditorium
  • Guangzhou: October 21 - 23, 2016 - Xinhai Conservatory
  • Shanghai: October 26-29, 2016 - Tongii University
  • Beijing: October 31 - November 4, 2016 - China Conservatory

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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