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String Audition Requirements

All repertoire composed unaccompanied must be played by memory. A score may be used for etudes or orchestral excerpts. Any repertoire that is composed with an accompaniment must be performed with the piano accompaniment. The CCPA Enrollment office will provide an accompanist, although applicants may use their own. It is the responsibility of each audition candidate to bring a piano score to their audition for the provided pianist.

Violin

Undergraduate (BM): One etude or caprice; one movement of a Bach Partita or Sonata for solo violin; a fast movement of a concerto.

Graduate (MM): A caprice or short virtuoso piece; two movements of a Bach Partita or Sonata for solo violin; a fast movement of a concerto.

Performance Diploma: A Paganini caprice; a Bach fuga or chaconne; a complete concerto with cadenza from one of the following: Bartok (#2), Berg, Brahms, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev (#1 or 2), Shostakovich (#1), Sibelius or Tchaikovsky.

Viola

Undergraduate (BM): An etude; one movement of an unaccompanied Bach piece; a fast movement of a concerto.

Graduate (MM): A fast movement of any major 20th-century viola concerto; two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach piece; one other piece of the candidate’s choice.

Performance Diploma: Three major works including a complete sonata or concerto.  If any composition is composed with accompaniment, the audition must be played with piano accompaniment.  At least two stylistic periods must be represented.

Cello

Undergraduate (BM) / Graduate (MM): Two contrasting movements of the same Bach Suite; a Popper Etude; the fast movement of a concerto such as the Dvorak, Lalo, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante (or work of similar difficulty).

Performance Diploma: Three major works including a complete sonata or concerto.  If any composition is composed with accompaniment, the audition must be played with piano accompaniment.  At least two stylistic periods must be represented.

Double Bass

Undergraduate (BM) and Graduate (MM): An etude; two additional pieces of contrasting style, preferably including a fast movement from a concerto or a work of similar difficulty. 

Performance Diploma: Three major works including a complete sonata or concerto.  If any composition is composed with accompaniment, the audition must be played with piano accompaniment.  At least two stylistic periods must be represented.