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Graduate Audition Requirements- Strings

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UPDATED REMOTE PROCEDURE FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY: In lieu of a live audition, prospective graduate students should prepare a video of the requirements for their instrument outlined below and have it submitted with their Audition Request Form by February 1st. Videos received after this date will be reviewed on a space-dependent basis.

Graduate Violin

Professor Elizabeth Chang,, (413) 545-0023   
Link to Violin Studio webpage

A - Repertoire

  • One movement from a major violin concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from the unaccompanied Bach Sonatas and Partitas (a dance movement and its double constitute one movement)

B - Technique

  • An etude or caprice by Paganini, Wieniawski, Gavinies, Rode or Dont Op. 35
  • Major and minor scales in three octaves (for Recorded Audition, one key will suffice)


Graduate Viola

Professor Kathryn Lockwood,
Viola Studio website

  • Two contrasting movements from the Bach Cello Suites
  • One movement from a major concerto, such as Walton, Bartok, or Hindemith
  • All Major, Melodic and Harmonic scales in 3 octaves


Graduate Cello

Professor Edward Arron,

  • The first movement of a major concerto
  • Two movements of a Bach Suite for Solo Cello
  • An etude by Popper or Piatti


Graduate Double Bass

Professor Salvatore Macchia,

  1. One movement of a major concerto
  2. A twentieth century unaccompanied solo piece
  3. Several contrasting orchestral excerpts