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Bass Audition Repertoire

When making your audition video, please answer one of the following three questions:

  1. Name one aspect of your playing you feel satisfied with, and one aspect that is a challenge.
  2. Why do you play music?
  3. Between curiosity, creativity, and consistency, which one do you currently value most, and why?

Bachelor of Music

  • Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire. Individual movements of sonatas, concertos, or suites are acceptable.
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Master of Music/Graduate Performance Diploma

  • Three contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, including at least one selection from the solo cello suites of J.S. Bach. Individual movements of sonatas, concertos, or suites are acceptable.
  • Four contrasting orchestral excerpts

Doctor of Musical Arts

 The DMA repertoire in double bass should mirror a typical graduate recital containing works which show a diversity of periods and styles. Applicants should submit the following:

  1. At least three movements from the same Solo Bach Cello Suite (no repeats)
  2. First two movements from a standard Double Bass Concerto (with Cadenzas where applicable)
  3. One Contemporary Piece for Double Bass (written after 1950)
  4. Any solo work of choice ( please limit to 10 minutes or less)

Artist Diploma

  1. Three movements from a single Solo Bach Cello Suite (no repeats)
  2. First two movements from a standard Double Bass Concerto (with Cadenzas where applicable)
  3. One Contemporary Piece for Double Bass (written after 1950)
  4. One Showpiece (transcription of a piece originally written for another instrument is acceptable; please limit the recorded material to 10 minutes or less)