Strings Applicants: Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin

The University of Miami Frost School of Music has an outstanding strings program and world-class faculty on every instrument. We look forward to meeting you at your audition.

***A pre-screening audition is required for all Violin applicants. Please upload your pre-screening videos by December 1 as part of your application.  Please see the Audition Information page for more details.

Cello:

All candidates:
•Any 3-octave major or minor scale with arpeggio.
•An etude from any one of the following: Popper, Piatti, Duport, Grutzmacher, Schroeder.
•Two contrasting movements from the Six Suites for Cello of J.S. Bach.  One movement should be a Prelude. Performance majors should play from memory.

Performance major:
    •  First movement of a cello concerto from the standard repertoire.  Suggested:
Dvorak, “Concerto in B Minor”
Haydn, “Concerto in C or D Major”
Schumann, “Concerto in A minor”
Shostakovitch
Elgar 1st and 2nd movement together (or last movement)

All other majors:
•Any movement of a concerto
•Any movement of a Bach Suite
•Any etude
•Scale and arpeggio of candidate’s choice

Double Bass:

All candidates:
One required scale: Any 2 octave major or minor scale with arpeggio.
One required solo (choose from the following): 1st Mvt. of a concerto, sonata, etc. on the level of:
    •  Capuzzi, “Concerto in F Major Mvt. 1”
    •  Dragonetti, “Concerto Mvt. 1”
    •  Marcello, “Sonata No. 2 in E minor”
    •  Bach, Sterling ed. Bourees I and II from Suite No. 3

Two required Orchestra excerpts: Beethoven, “Symphony No. 5 Scherzo and Trio”
Choose 1 (one) of the following excerpts:
    a.  Wagner, “Prelude to Die Meistersingers”
    b.  Mozart, “Symphony No 40 Mvt 1”: twenty measures before letter C to five measures after letter C (Zimmerman ed.)
    c.  Beethoven, “Symphony No. 9 Mvt. IV”: Recitative followed by 16 of the Ode to Joy (the second “Allegro assai”)

Optional: Any etude on the level of: Sturm Book 1, or Simandl 30 etudes.

Viola:

All candidates:
•Any major scale. Play 3 octaves: slowly for tone and intonation (3 to a bow); faster for technique and intonation (6 to 12 to a bow)
•A Prelude and dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite, or two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo Violin Sonata or Partita

Performance major:
•A movement from a classical or major concerto
•An original work for viola of the candidates choice

The Bach and concerto should be performed by memory

All other majors:
A movement from a classical or major concerto, or a piece of the candidates choice.
Suggested level of repertoire:
•Bloch “Suite Hébraïque”
•Bruch “Romanze”
•Hummel “Fantasy”

Violin:

All candidates:

***A pre-screening audition is required for all Violin applicants. Please upload your pre-screening videos by December 1 as part of your application.  Please see the Audition Information page for more details.

Pre-screening and On-campus Audition Requirements:
All works to be presented from memory

•Any major scale. Play 3 octaves: slowly for tone and intonation (3 to a bow); faster for technique and intonation (6 to 12 to a bow).
•1st movement of a major Concerto
•Two contrasting movements from a Bach Sonata or Partita
•An additional work of the candidate’s choice