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String Auditions

You’ll be great. Trust us.

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:

  • Applicants residing in California

Regional and Final Recording auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Final recordings must be submitted online, no later than December 1.

Violin

Pre-screening

All violin applicants intending to audition live in San Francisco or regionally must submit a pre-screening recording in the application with the repertoire listed below. We strongly recommend that the recording be audiovisual, but we will accept audio-only recordings.

  1. One movement of a standard concerto
  2. Two movements of a Bach partita or sonata, one slow movement and one fast

Undergraduate - Final Audition (audition repertoire should be memorized)

  1. Two movements of a Bach solo violin partita or sonata (one slow movement and one fast)
  2. Two études, one must be a Paganini Caprice or similar work
  3. One movement of a standard concerto
  4. One composition of the applicant’s choice (Mozart preferred if the standard concerto previously listed is not a Mozart concerto)

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

Graduate - Final Audition (audition repertoire should be memorized)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo sonata or partita
  2. One Paganini Caprice
  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 - Final Audition (Professional Studies Diploma only; audition repertoire should be memorized)

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo sonata or partita
  2. One Paganini Caprice
  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

Pre-screening

All viola applicants intending to audition live in San Francisco or regionally must submit a pre-screening recording in the application with the repertoire listed below. We strongly recommend that the recording be audiovisual, but we will accept audio-only recordings.

  1. One movement of a standard concerto
  2. Two movements of a Bach suite or sonata, one slow movement and one fast

Undergraduate

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

Graduate

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite or sonata
  2. One movement of a standard concerto (with cadenza)
  3. One movement of a sonata (Either the concerto or the sonata should be from the 20th or 21st century)

Cello

Pre-screening

All cello applicants must submit a pre-screening recording in the application with the repertoire listed below. The recording must be audiovisual. If unable to submit an audiovisual recording, please reach out to the Office of Admission.

  1. One movement of a standard concerto
  2. Two movements of a Bach suite or sonata, one slow movement and one fast

Undergraduate

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite or sonata
  2. One movement of a standard concerto
  3. One short work from the 20th Century repertoire

Graduate

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite
  2. One movement of a standard concerto
  3. One movement of a sonata (Either the concerto or the sonata should 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 of 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. Ravel's Introduction et Allegro, Handel's Concerto in B-flat (entire work), or comparable works
  2. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

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

Audition Dates at SFCM

Violin (Concertmaster Track)

  • February 17

Violin 

  • January 27
  • February 10
  • February 17

Viola

  • January 26
  • February 3
  • February 10

Cello

  • January 27
  • February 3

Double Bass

  • February 3
  • February 15

Harp

  • By appointment

2019-20 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions - In Spring 2020

 

Interlochen January 18
Chicago January 20
New York (voice only) TBD
New York (piano only) TBD
New York TBD

These auditions will include a master class with a featured SFCM faculty member.

 

 

Asian Regional Auditions - in Fall 2019

 

*Seoul October 27
*Taipei October 29-30
Shenzhen October 31
*Hong Kong November 1
Singapore November 3
*Guangzhou November 4-5
*Shanghai November 7-9
*Beijing November 11-14

*These auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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