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Audition Requirements: Chamber Music

Acceptance into the Chamber Music program at SFCM requires pre-screening as well as a live audition.

Pre-screening

Candidates must submit an unedited audiovisual pre-screening recording with the following solo repertoire. Please note that current SFCM students are also required to submit a pre-screening recording if applying for the Chamber Music program.

All applicants to the Chamber Music program are required to complete a live audition.

Chamber Piano

  • Any first movement of a Beethoven Sonata
  • Any etude of virtuosity from one of the following composers: Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, or Debussy

Chamber Strings

  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo suite, sonata, or partita
  • Any first movement of a concerto, with cadenza where applicable

Applying as a Pre-formed String Quartet

  • Candidates who wish to apply as a pre-formed string quartet must submit an audiovisual recording of the group performing two contrasting movements of chamber repertoire. Each member of the group should also submit a separate application. Please upload a biography of the chamber group to each application.

Final Audition Repertoire

Chamber Music (Pre-formed Group)

Please prepare two complete chamber works of contrasting style and period.

Chamber Music (Individual Applicants)

Finalists will be asked to perform both solo works and chamber music from the repertoire listed below in a chamber setting with the Conservatory chamber faculty.

Solo selections are as follows:

Piano

  • Any first movement of a Beethoven sonata
  • Any etude of virtuosity from one of the following composers: Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, or Debussy

Strings

  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo suite, sonata, or partita
  • Any first movement of a concerto, with cadenza where applicable.

Chamber selections are as follows:

Piano

  • Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26, Poco adagio (ii)
  • Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 1, No. 1, Allegro (i)

Violin

  • Mozart Viola Quintet in C Major, K. 515, Allegro (i)
  • Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, B. 179, “American,” Allegro ma non troppo (i)

Viola

  • Mozart Viola Quintet in C Major, K. 515, Andante (ii)
  • Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, B. 179, “American,” Allegro ma non troppo (i)

Cello

  • Mozart Viola Quintet in C Major, K. 515, Allegro (i)
  • Fauré C Minor Piano Quartet, Adagio (iii)

Qualified candidates who cannot be placed in the chamber music program will automatically be considered for admission as an instrumental major at the Master of Music or Professional Studies level as appropriate. Each program includes intensive and excellent training in chamber music.

A live audition is required for acceptance into the Chamber Music program.

Audition Dates

  • January 22, 2018

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