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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Strings

 

Violin

Updated August 2020
Professor Elizabeth Chang, echang@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0023 
Link to Violin Studio webpage

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A movement from a concerto or a short piece demonstrating the level of technical proficiency in both hands
  • A contrasting work in another style
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Dont, Fiorillo, Rode, Mazas or comparable study

Technique
Demonstrate a three-octave scale in any key

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube
  • A link to the video must be submitted with the Audition Request Form. Raw video files are not acceptable.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

 


Viola

Updated August 2020
Professor Kathryn Lockwood, klockwood@music.umass.edu,
Viola Studio website

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire
Two (2) contrasting selections that best represent your level of performance; one selection to demonstrate tone quality and control, and the other to demonstrate left hand technical facility.

Technique
Major and melodic minor scales in three (3) octaves; choose one to demonstrate.

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • A link to the video must be submitted with the Audition Request Form. Raw video files are not acceptable.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

 

 


Cello

Professor Edward Arron, earron@umass.edu,

Repertoire

Two (2) contrasting selections that best represent your level of performance. One selection should demonstrate tone quality and control; the other should feature left hand technical facility.

Technique

Major scales in three (3) octaves


Double Bass

Professor Salvatore Macchia, smacchia@music.umass.edu
David Casali

If applying for the Jazz Bass program (Fumi Tomita, faculty), click here. Jazz Bass applicants are not required to perform a classical bass audition, but are required to study on upright bass for two years.

  1. Repertoire
    • A sonata such as those by Marcello, Telemann, Eccles or the first movement of the Dragonetti Concerto
    • An etude from Simandl 30 Etudes, Storch-Hrabe 57 Etudes, or another etude of comparable difficulty
  2. Technique
    • Two- and three-octave major and minor scales

Violin

Updated August 2020
Professor Elizabeth Chang, echang@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0023 
Link to Violin Studio webpage

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A movement from a concerto or a short piece demonstrating the level of technical proficiency in both hands
  • A contrasting work in another style
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Dont, Fiorillo, Rode, Mazas or comparable study

Technique
Demonstrate a three-octave scale in any key

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube
  • A link to the video must be submitted with the Audition Request Form. Raw video files are not acceptable.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

Viola

Updated August 2020
Professor Kathryn Lockwood, klockwood@music.umass.edu,
Viola Studio website

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire
Two (2) contrasting selections that best represent your level of performance; one selection to demonstrate tone quality and control, and the other to demonstrate left hand technical facility.

Technique
Major and melodic minor scales in three (3) octaves; choose one to demonstrate.

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • A link to the video must be submitted with the Audition Request Form. Raw video files are not acceptable.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

Cello

Professor Edward Arron, earron@umass.edu,

Repertoire:

Two (2) contrasting selections that best represent your level of performance. One selection should demonstrate tone quality and control; the other should feature left hand technical facility.

Technique:

Major scales in three (3) octaves

Double Bass

Professor Salvatore Macchia, smacchia@music.umass.edu
David Casali

If applying for the Jazz Bass program (Fumi Tomita, faculty), click here. Jazz Bass applicants are not required to perform a classical bass audition, but are required to study on upright bass for two years.

  1. Repertoire
    • A sonata such as those by Marcello, Telemann, Eccles or the first movement of the Dragonetti Concerto
    • An etude from Simandl 30 Etudes, Storch-Hrabe 57 Etudes, or another etude of comparable difficulty
  2. Technique
    • Two- and three-octave major and minor scales