Audition Guidelines

Each student will submit a video audition with their application form. These videos are used to assess each applicant as we match students together and assign level-appropriate repertoire.

Video Requirements

Record your video in one take.

  • Each video should contain three selections: a scale, an etude, and an excerpt of a solo piece. See below for specific instrument requirements.
  • Announce each item before you play it:
    • Your video will begin with a scale. State your name and the scale you will play, and then play your scale.
    • Announce the etude, play, and
    • announce your solo piece excerpt, and play. Example: “My name is Willie Braun and I will start with a 3 octave D melodic minor scale.”

Name the uploaded video with your name and instrument.

Upload your final video to YouTube as an “unlisted” video. Submit the link in your application.

Violin

  • A three octave melodic minor scale of your choice – minimum speed quarter note = 60, separate bows
  • Mazas Etude No. 3, measures 1-16 (download here). We will be listening for your musical interpretation (i.e. articulations, dynamic choices, etc.)
  • Solo piece – Perform a 1 minute excerpt of a solo piece you are currently working on. The selection should represent your current playing ability, musicality, and technique.

Viola

  • A three octave melodic minor scale of your choice – minimum speed quarter note = 60, separate bows
  • Mazas Etude No. 3, measures 1-16 (download here). We will be listening for your musical interpretation (i.e. articulations, dynamic choices, etc.)
  • Solo piece – Perform a 1 minute excerpt of a solo piece you are currently working on. The selection should represent your current playing ability, musicality, and technique.

Cello

  • A three octave melodic minor scale of your choice – minimum speed quarter note = 60, separate bows
  • Friedrich Kummer Op. 60, No. 74, Cantabile languido (download here). We will be listening for your musical interpretation (i.e. articulations, dynamic choices, etc.)
  • Solo piece – Perform a 1 minute excerpt of a solo piece you are currently working on. The selection should represent your current playing ability, musicality, and technique.

Bass

  • A two octave melodic minor scale – minimum speed quarter note = 60, separate bows
  • J.S. Bach, March in G, measures 1-16 (download here). We will be listening for your musical interpretation (i.e. articulations, dynamic choices, etc.)
  • Solo piece – Perform a 1 minute excerpt of a solo piece you are currently working on. The selection should represent your current playing ability, musicality, and technique.

Piano

  • A three octave melodic minor scale – minimum speed quarter note = 100
  • Friedrich Burgmüller, Op. 105, No. 4, La campanella, measures 1-8 (download here). Stop on the downbeat of the first ending. We will be listening for your musical interpretation (i.e. clarity, phrasing, balance, etc.)
  • Solo piece – Perform a 1 minute excerpt of a solo piece you are currently working on. The selection should represent your current playing ability, musicality, and technique.