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String Audition Requirements

All applicants will submit the following application materials based on their desired degree program. For instrument-specific audition requirements, please scroll down or use these buttons to navigate to the appropriate instrument.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete the UNC Undergraduate Application
  • After submitting your application, upload and complete the following School of Music Checklist Items in your Bear App Portal
    • School of Music Supplementary Application, which includes
      • Audition Scheduling
      • Musical Experience
      • Providing contact information for 2 music recommenders
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete all Graduate School Application Requirements for your degree program.
  • After submitting your application, upload and complete the following School of Music Checklist Items in your Graduate School Admissions Portal:
    • Resume - a complete listing of your performing and work experience. Please uplaod a .pdf document
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • School of Music Form
    • Assistantship Letter of Experience (optional but strongly recommended) - a brief statement about your teaching or professional experience as it relates to music. Please upload a .pdf document.

**Priority for graduate assistantship will go to applicants auditioning on February 1, 2020**

Note: Accompanists are not required, but the applicant may provide one.


Violin

Audition Requirements for UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

  • A movement of a concerto with a cadenza if applicable
  • A movement of a Bach Solo Sonata or Partita
  • One solo piece of the applicant’s choice
  • Scales, arpeggios, sight-reading, and sight singing may be requested.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF MUSIC, DOCTOR OF ARTS, AND GRADUATE PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE

  • A movement of a Classical or Romantic concerto with cadenza if applicable
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach Solo Sonata or Partita
  • One solo piece of applicant's choice
  • A post-1950 work of applicant's choice

Contact:

Jubal Fulks at Jubal.Fulks@unco.edu


Viola

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

  • One substantial movement (ie first movement or finale) of a standard viola sonata or concerto, with cadenza where applicable
  • One movement from a Bach cello suite
  • One solo piece of the applicant’s choice
  • Scales, arpeggios, sight-reading, and sight singing may be requested

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS for master of music, DOCTOR OF ARTS, and GRADUATE PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE

  • One substantial movement (ie first movement or finale) of an essential staple of the viola sonata or concerto repertoire, such as works by Walton, Stamitz, Brahms, Bloch, etc, with cadenza where applicable
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach cello suite
  • Choose two works from the following:
    • a short work from the 19th or early 20th century salon repertoire, such as any short Tertis or Primrose arrangement, the Wieniawski “Reverie” or a similar piece, any arrangement of a movement from Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words,” etc
    • a virtuosic concert etude from the late 18th, 19th, or early 20th century, such as the Blumenthal Grand Caprice, a Casimir-Ney Prelude, a Hoffmeister Etude, etc
    • a work by a living composer

Contact:

Vijay Chalasani, Vijay.Chalasani@unco.edu 


Cello

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

  • A movement of a concerto with cadenza if applicable
  • A movement of a Bach Solo Suite
  • One solo piece of applicant’s choice
  • Scales, arpeggios, sight-reading and sight singing may be requested.

Audition Requirements for Master of Music, DOCTOR OF ARTS, AND GRADUATE PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE

  • A movement of a Classical or Romantic concerto with cadenza if applicable
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach Solo Suite
  • One solo piece of applicant's choice
  • A post-1950 work of applicant's choice

Contact:

Gal Faganel at Gal.Faganel@unco.edu


Double Bass

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

  • An etude by Simandl, Kreutzer, or Hrabe
  • A solo piece (can be a movement from any standard Concerto or Sonata)
  • One orchestral excerpt
  • Two octave scales and arpessio may be requested
  • Sight-reading and sight-singing may be asked

Audition Requirements for Master of Music, Doctor of Arts, and Graduate Performance Certificate

  • One movement of solo work by Bach
  • Two contrasting movements from a concerto
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts

Contact:

Nicholas Recuber at Nicholas.Recuber@unco.edu


Classical Guitar

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

  • One standard study piece or etude by Sor, Aguado, Giuliani, Carcassi, Coste, Villa-Lobos, or Brouwer
  • Two pieces of applicant’s choice, preferably of contrasting historical periods
  • One two-octave major scale and the relative melodic minor of applicant’s choice
  • Sight-reading and sight-singing may be asked.

Audition Requirements for Master of Music, DOCTor of arts, and Graduate Performance Certificate

  • A substantial movement by J.S. Bach
  • Two substantial pieces of the applicant’s choice

Contact:

Jason Olson at Jason.Olson@unco.edu


Harp

Audition Requirements for all degrees

  • Two contrasting pieces, one of which may include a movement from a standard harp concerto by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Tedesco, Gliere, etc. 
  • A cadenza from orchestral literature

Contact:

Janet Harriman at Janet.Harriman@unco.edu