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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:

  • 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, 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 (Professional Studies Diploma 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 at SFCM

Violin (Concertmaster Track)

  • February 11 & 19, 2018

Violin 

  • January 28, 2018
  • February 11, 18-19, 2018

Viola

  • February 11 & 19, 2018

Cello

  • January 28, 2018
  • February 11, 2018

Double Bass

  • January 22, 2018
  • February 12, 2018

Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 13, 2018
Chicago January 15, 2018
New York February 22, 2018 - All, except for voice and piano
New York February 23, 2018 - Voice only
New York February 24, 2018 - Piano only
Boston

February 27, 2018

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 8, 2017
Taipei October 11-12, 2017
Hong Kong October 13, 2017
Guangzhou October 16-18, 2017
Shanghai October 19-21, 2017
Beijing October 23-26, 2017

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

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