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String Auditions

Requirements

All violin, viola, and cello applicants are required to submit unedited audiovisual recordings fulfilling the prescreening requirements listed below with the application. Applicants will be informed by January 5 if they are invited to attend a virtual performance interview or have been denied in prescreening. If invited, applicants will select a virtual performance interview time and submit recordings of the Final Audition repertoire listed below. Movements from multi-movement works may be uploaded as separate video files. The recordings will be due one week before the selected virtual performance interview time.

There is no prescreening for double bass or harp applicants. After submitting the application, applicants will be required to select a virtual performance interview time and submit recordings fulfilling the repertoire listed below. Movements from multi-movement works may be uploaded as separate video files. The recordings will be due three weeks before the selected virtual performance interview time.

Works with piano are not required to be performed with a pianist or piano recording.

VIOLIN

Repertoire must be performed from memory.

 

Prescreening - All Programs

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

 

Final Audition - Undergraduate

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

 

Final Audition - Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo sonata or partita
  • One Paganini Caprice
  • One complete Romantic or contemporary concerto
  • One movement of a Mozart concerto

 

Final Audition - PSC Concertmaster Track Only

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

Repertoire does not need to be memorized.

 

Prescreening - All Programs

  • One movement of a standard viola concerto
  • Two movements of either a Bach suite for solo cello or a Bach sonata or partita for solo violin, one slow movement and one fast

 

Final Audition - Undergraduate

  • Two movements of either a Bach suite for solo cello or a Bach sonata or partita for solo violin, one slow movement and one fast
  • One movement of a standard concerto (with cadenza)
  • One movement of a sonata for viola and piano

 

Final Audition - Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Two movements of either a Bach suite for solo cello or a Bach sonata or partita for solo violin, one slow movement and one fast
  • Two movements of a standard concerto (with cadenza)
  • Once complete sonata for viola and piano
  • One work written after 1980. The complete sonata or two concerto movements may satisfy this requirement if written after 1980.
CELLO

Repertoire does not need to be memorized.

 

Prescreening - All Programs

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite

 

Final Audition - Undergraduate

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite
  • One etude

 

Final Audition - Graduate and Postgraduate

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite
  • One movement of a sonata OR a solo contemporary piece written after 1950.

Either the concerto or the sonata should be from the 20th or 21st century

DOUBLE BASS

Repertoire does not need to be memorized.

 

Undergraduate

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

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • One concerto or virtuoso piece
  • 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

Repertoire does not need to be memorized.

 

Undergraduate

  • One étude for harp
  • Two compositions of intermediate difficulty from different periods

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Ravel's Introduction et Allegro, Handel's Concerto in B-flat (entire work), or comparable works
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpt 

Virtual Performance Interview Formats

All Strings applicants are required to attend a Virtual Performance Interview following the submission of their Final Audition Recording. The Final Audition Recording will serve as the primary audition, with the Virtual Performance Interview supplementing it for the admission committee. Some programs are requiring live performance through Zoom. Applicants in those areas with concerns regarding live performance due to technology or space challenges should email apply@sfcm.edu.

To ensure sound quality and time, all string applicants are required to perform unaccompanied.

Violin and Violin Concermaster Track

Individual interview with faculty panel.

Viola

Performance of 1-2 selections from the Final Audition repertoire live using Zoom followed by a short interview with the faculty panel.

Cello

Performance of 1-2 selections from the Final Audition repertoire live using Zoom followed by a short interview with the faculty panel.

Double Bass

Performance of 1-2 excerpts from the Final Audition repertoire live using Zoom followed by a short interview with the faculty panel.

Harp

Individual interview with faculty panel.

 

Virtual Performance Interview Dates

Violin and Violin Concertmaster Track

February 13
February 21
February 28

Viola

February 13
February 21

Cello

February 8
February 15

Double Bass

February 8

Harp

February, By Appointment

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