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Violoncello Audition Repertoire

All applicants will submit recorded auditions this year. Pre-screening will not be required.

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

  • What qualities are you looking for in a music conservatory that you think would make it the best fit for you?
  • What kind of music do you most enjoy listening to? Do you have a favorite artist or composer?
  • Tell us about a passion you have outside of music.

BM

  • A movement of a concerto from standard literature or 5-10 minutes of an equivalent piece such as Schelomo or Rococo Variations.
  • Prelude plus one other movement from an unaccompanied suite by Bach. Please omit repeats in the dance movement.
  • One etude from one of the following: Duport 21 Etudes, Popper High School of Cello Playing, Piatti 12 Caprices

MM

  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto from standard literature or equivalent piece such as Schelomo or Rococo Variations. Please record a minimum of 3-5 minutes from each movement, and include all cadenzas where applicable.  For pieces such as Schelomo or Rococo, please record 5-10 minutes.
  • Prelude plus one other movement from an unaccompanied suite by Bach. Please omit repeats in the dance movement.
  • A shorter piece of your choice, or complete movement from a sonata or larger work, which shows a stylistic or personal musical interest.

GPD

  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto from standard literature or equivalent piece such as Schelomo or Rococo Variations. Please record a minimum of 3-5 minutes from each movement, and include all cadenzas where applicable. For pieces such as Schelomo or Rococo, please record 5-10 minutes.
  • Prelude plus one other movement from an unaccompanied suite by Bach. Please omit repeats in the dance movement.
  • A shorter piece of your choice, or complete movement from a sonata or larger work, which shows a stylistic or personal musical interest.

DMA

  • Complete major concerto from the romantic period to the present, or equivalent piece such as Schelomo or Rococo Variations.  Please record a minimum of 3-5 minutes from each movement, and include all cadenzas where applicable. For pieces such as Schelomo or Rococo, please record 5-10 minutes.
  • 1st movement of Haydn Concerto in C or D, including cadenza.
  • A complete unaccompanied suite by Bach. Please omit repeats in the dance movements.
  • Choice of any complete sonata or solo piece. Please record 5-10 minutes in total with representative sections from each movement.
  • Any additional work from the late 20th or 21st century. Please record 5-10 minutes.

AD

  • Complete major concerto from the romantic period to the present, or equivalent piece such as Schelomo or Rococo Variations. Please record a minimum of 3-5 minutes from each movement, and include all cadenzas where applicable. For pieces such as Schelomo or Rococo, please record 5-10 minutes.
  • 1st movement of Haydn Concerto in C or D, including cadenza.
  • A complete unaccompanied suite by Bach. Please omit repeats in the dance movements.
  • Choice of any complete sonata or solo piece. Please record 5-10 minutes in total with representative sections from each movement.
  • Any additional work from the late 20th or 21st century. Please record 5-10 minutes.