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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Strings

 

Violin

Updated August 2021
Professor Elizabeth Chang, echang@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0023 
Link to Violin Studio webpage

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

  • A movement from a standard concerto or a short piece
  • A contrasting work in another style
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Dont, Fiorillo, Rode, Wieniawski, or Paganini

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Prepare the Live Audition requirements above for performance for the faculty live via Zoom.

 


Viola

Updated August 2021
Professor Kathryn Lockwood, klockwood@music.umass.edu,
Viola Studio website

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire
Two (2) contrasting selections that best represent your level of performance; one selection to demonstrate tone quality and control, and the other to demonstrate left hand technical facility.

Technique
Major and melodic minor scales in three (3) octaves; choose one to demonstrate.

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • Pending the result of the pre-screening, applicants will be instructed when and where to submit the link to their YouTube video.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

 

 


Cello

Updated August 2021
Professor Edward Arron, earron@umass.edu

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

  • The first movement of a concerto or sonata OR an equivalent work that best represents your level of performance.
  • One movement of a Bach Suite for Solo Cello

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • Pending the result of the pre-screening, applicants will be instructed when and where to submit the link to their YouTube video.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

Double Bass

Updated August 2021
Professor Salvatore Macchia, smacchia@music.umass.edu
David Casali, adjunct bass faculty

If applying for the Jazz Bass program (Fumi Tomita, jazz bass faculty), click here.

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A sonata such as those by Marcello, Telemann, Eccles or the first movement of the Dragonetti Concerto
  • An etude from Simandl 30 Etudes, Storch-Hrabe 57 Etudes, or another etude of comparable difficulty

Technique

  • Two- and three-octave major and minor scales

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Contact Prof. Salvatore Macchia (smacchia@music.umass.edu) to arrange an interview via Zoom after submitting a Music Application.
  • For the interview, please be prepared to perform Live Audition Requirements noted above as well as to discuss your musical background and goals.
  • Pending the result and direction of the interview, the student may be required to submit a video demonstrating all or part of the Live Audition Requirements. The link to the video must be sent to Prof. Macchia via the email provided above no later than Feb. 19, 2022.

Violin

Updated August 2021
Professor Elizabeth Chang, echang@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0023 
Link to Violin Studio webpage

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

  • A movement from a standard concerto or a short piece
  • A contrasting work in another style
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Dont, Fiorillo, Rode, Wieniawski, or Paganini

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Prepare the Live Audition requirements above for performance for the faculty live via Zoom.

 

Viola

Updated August 2021
Professor Kathryn Lockwood, klockwood@music.umass.edu,
Viola Studio website

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire
Two (2) contrasting selections that best represent your level of performance; one selection to demonstrate tone quality and control, and the other to demonstrate left hand technical facility.

Technique
Major and melodic minor scales in three (3) octaves; choose one to demonstrate.

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • Pending the result of the pre-screening, applicants will be instructed when and where to submit the link to their YouTube video.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

Cello

Updated August 2021
Professor Edward Arron, earron@umass.edu,

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

  • The first movement of a concerto or sonata OR an equivalent work that best represents your level of performance.
  • One movement of a Bach Suite for Solo Cello

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Prepare a video performance of all Live Audition Requirements and have it available to view via YouTube.
  • Pending the result of the pre-screening, applicants will be instructed when and where to submit the link to their YouTube video.
  • Following submission of the video, the string faculty may contact the applicant for a follow-up interview via Zoom.

Double Bass

Updated August 2021
Professor Salvatore Macchia, smacchia@music.umass.edu
David Casali, adjunct bass faculty

If applying for the Jazz Bass program (Fumi Tomita, jazz bass faculty), click here.

Pre-screening Requirement
All applicants auditioning on a classical stringed instrument must submit a pre-screening video with the Music Application (deadline: January 15). The video must be available via link to a YouTube video. Raw video files are not acceptable.

In the pre-screen video, applicants must present two contrasting classical pieces of their choice. For multi-movement works, a single movement will count as a piece for this purpose.

Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited for a final audition. Applicants attending a Live Audition will be assigned a time on the audition date selected in the Music Application. Those who selected a Remote Audition will be contacted for a livestream audition via Zoom.

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A sonata such as those by Marcello, Telemann, Eccles or the first movement of the Dragonetti Concerto
  • An etude from Simandl 30 Etudes, Storch-Hrabe 57 Etudes, or another etude of comparable difficulty

Technique

  • Two- and three-octave major and minor scales

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

  • Contact Prof. Salvatore Macchia (smacchia@music.umass.edu) to arrange an interview via Zoom after submitting a Music Application.
  • For the interview, please be prepared to perform Live Audition Requirements noted above as well as to discuss your musical background and goals.
  • Pending on the result and direction of the interview, the student may be required to submit a video demonstrating all or part of the Live Audition Requirements. The link to the video must be sent to Prof. Macchia via the email provided above no later than Feb. 19, 2022.