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Strings Audition Requirements

Harp

  1. Two solo pieces of contrasting style and time period. 
  2. Major and harmonic and melodic minor scales

Please note: The standard of practical work expected at the time of audition is equivalent to RCM Grade 8 for harp.

 

Violin, Viola

  1. Two solo pieces of contrasting style and tempo, or two contrasting movements of one composition.
  2. One etude or study.
  3. Major and harmonic and melodic minor scales (two octaves).
  4. Major, minor, dominant- and diminished-seventh arpeggios (two octaves).
  5. Chromatic scale of student's choice (two octaves).
  6. Sight-reading

 

Cello, Double Bass

  1. Two solo pieces of contrasting style and tempo, or two contrasting movements of one composition.
  2. Major and harmonic and melodic minor scales (two octaves), up to and including two sharps and two flats.
  3. Sight-reading.

 

Violin

Examples of Repertoire Appropriate for Entry into the First Year of the BMMA Program - Violin Concentration

  • G. P. Telemann - Concerto in G major, op3, no.3 - 1st movement
  • A. Vivaldi - Concerto in A minor, op. 3, no. 6 RV 356/F1:176 - 1st or 3rd movement
  • G. F. Handel - Sonata no. 3 in F major, HWV 370 HEN; PET - Two contrasting movements
  • G. Fauré - Berceuse, op. 16
  • G. Donizetti - Non giova il sospirar
  • J. Coulthard - Little French Suite - Rustic Dance
  • J. Raff - Cavatina, op 85, no. 3

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the Performance Concentration, a Grade X RCM level is recommended.

 

 

Viola

Examples of Repertoire Appropriate for Entry into the First Year of the BMMA Program - Viola Concentration

  • G. P. Telemann - Concerto in G major - 1st movement and 2nd movements
  • G. F. Handel - Sonata in C major - Two contrasting movements
  • W. A. Mozart - Sonatina in C major ["Viennese"] - 3rd movement
  • L. Beethoven - Rondo, WoO 41
  • M. Miller - Three Miniatures for Viola and Piano - Any movement
  • A. Il'yinsky - Berceuse

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.