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Violoncello Audition Repertoire

Cellists must upload a pre-screening video containing 10-15 minutes of music from the audition repertoire. The pre-screening video must be uploaded by December 1 for February Auditions and April 15 for May Auditions.


  • The first movement of a concerto from standard literature
  • Two contrasting movements from any Bach suite or Baroque sonata
  • One etude from one of the following: Duport 21 Etudes, Popper High School of Cello Playing, Piatti 12 Caprices


The graduate audition repertoire in cello is patterned after a typical undergraduate senior recital. In order to provide some latitude, the requirements are not dictated.  However, you must prepare “sufficient material to perform a full solo recital containing works which show a diversity of periods and styles.”

Artist Diploma

AD applicants must prepare a program of no less than 70 minutes duration, representing at least three style periods and including at least two large-scale works.