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Department of Strings

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Piano accompaniment is neither required nor provided for string auditions.

Applicants to Performance with Teacher Certification (Strings Curriculum B) will also be scheduled for a meeting with a representative of the Department of Music Education.

Violin

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following items:

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • One movement of solo Bach

In-Person Audition Requirements

Prepare the first movement of a concerto (including cadenza if one is written), two contrasting movements of a Bach sonata or partita, and one caprice chosen from: 

  • Paganini Caprices, op. 1
  • Wieniawski Caprices, op. 18
  • Wieniawski Ecole Moderne, op. 10
  • Dont Etudes, op. 35

All solo literature must be performed from memory. Sight-reading may be assessed at the audition.

Viola

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following items:

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • One movement of solo Bach

In-Person Audition Requirements

Prepare an etude representing your current level of technical developmen; two contrasting movements of a Bach sonata, partita, or unaccompanied suite; and a movement from the standard viola concerto literature (no Telemann).

Both the Bach and the concerto should be played from memory.

Cello

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following items:

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • One movement of solo Bach or an etude (Popper, Duport, Piatti, etc.)

In-Person Audition Requirements

Prepare an etude representing your current level of technical development, two contrasting movements from one of the Bach unaccompanied suites, and an allegro movement from the standard cello concerto literature.

Both the Bach and the concerto should be played from memory.

Double Bass

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following items:

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • One movement of solo Bach

In-Person Audition Requirements

Prepare an etude representing your current level of technical development, a movement from a standard concerto, a contrasting work or movement of a work of your choice, and a few minutes of excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire. 

One of the solo works or movements should be played from memory.

Harp

In-Person Audition Requirements

Prepare ALL of the following:

  1. Four octaves of ascending and descending arpeggios in two keys, alternating hands
  2. Four octaves of a scale in one key, hands together
  3. One etude
  4. Two substantial works of contrasting style and/or time period. 

All solo literature must be performed from memory.

Guitar

We do not offer a degree in classical guitar performance. We do offer jazz guitar within the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation. Jazz guitar audition requirements are listed with that department.

Recorded Auditions

We strongly encourage applicants to audition in Ann Arbor.  However, applicants who live more than 300 miles from Ann Arbor may upload a recorded audition.

 

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Related Information

General Undergraduate Audition and Interview Information

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