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Violin Viola Cello Double Bass Harp



String Audition Requirements

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRING APPLICANTS
  1. Prepare the audition material listed here. The key is preparation. You may use a metronome to set tempo, but may not use it while playing. PLAY YOUR AUDITION AS CLOSE TO THE INDICATED METRONOME SPEEDS AS POSSIBLE. Points are deducted for going faster or slower than indicated.
  2. There is a $5.00 fee to audition. Pay this to your teacher. Each teacher will send in one check for all their students' auditions.
  3. Fill out the Student Audition Information Sheet and give it to your teacher.
  4. Record your auditions. Name and save the recordings to your hard drive. Each exercise must be recorded as a separate file.
  5. If you have any questions contact: Jim Phillips
  6. All auditions must be completed and uploaded by the due date, October 6, 2017.

STRING AUDITION MATERIALS

VIOLIN

Seventy-Five Melodious and Progressive Studies, Op. 36, Book 1 (Mazas, pub. G. Schirmer)

  1. Three-octave A Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 108) Listen to an example
  2. Three-octave A melodic minor scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 92) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 26: Play from the beginning to the key change at the end of line 8. (Quarter note = 90) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 18: Play 3 lines plus one measure (20 measures total). (Eighth note = 86) Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

VIOLA

Etudes Speciales for the Viola, Op. 36, Book 1 (Mazas, pub. G. Schirmer)

  1. Three-octave D Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 108) Listen to an example
  2. Three-octave D melodic minor scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 92) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 26: Play from the beginning to the key change in the middle of line 10. (Quarter note = 90) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 18: Play the first 5 lines, until the key change (20 measures total). (Eighth note = 86) Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

CELLO

Violoncello Method (Kummer, pub. G. Schirmer)

  1. Three-octave D Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 88) Listen to an example
  2. Three-octave E melodic minor scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 72) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 70, page 78: Play top part. (Quarter note = 72) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 79, page 86: Play top part. (Eighth Note = 100) Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

DOUBLE BASS

Double Bass Studies (Felipe Libon, public domain. IMSLP) Updated for 2015

  1. Two-octave F Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur four notes per bow. (Quarter note = 88) Listen to an example
  2. Two-octave E melodic minor scale: Play eighth notes ascending and descending, detaché bowing. (Quarter note = 72) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 1, Allegro, page 2. Measures 1 through 9. (Quarter note = 90) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 12, Allegretto, page 14. Measure 1 through beat 1 of measure 14. (Quarter note = 80)Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

HARP

Exercices et etudes pour la harpe, Op. 9 (Edmond Larivlere, public domain.) IMSLP

  1. No. 2, page 3. (Quarter note = 120)
  2. No. 14, page 7. (Quarter note = 85)
  3. No. 80, page 24. Measures 1 through 17. (Quarter note = 120)
  4. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

For questions or for more information, contact the orchestra chairman: TBD