Indiana University

Audition Information

Violin Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E)
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in violin must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. Screening recordings must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2013.  We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that recordings which arrive after the December 1 deadline will be considered for advancement in the admission process. All recordings must be submitted online, please click here for detailed instructions.

Applicants should prepare the following, either for the screening recording, final recording, or on-campus audition:
  • The first movement of a standard major concerto with cadenza (if it has one), or second and third movements of a standard major concerto (all from memory).
  • Two movements of an unaccompanied partita or sonata by J.S. Bach (all from memory).
Master of Music (M.M.)
Performer Diploma-Orchestral Studies (P.D.O.S.)
Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in violin must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. Screening recordings must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2013.  We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that recordings which arrive after the December 1 deadline will be considered for advancement in the admission process. All recordings must be submitted online, please click here for detailed instructions.

Applicants should prepare the following, either for the screening recording, final recording, or on-campus audition:

M.M. and P.D.S.P. applicants should prepare the following, either for a recording or on-campus audition:

  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita (from memory). One of the contrasting movements should be the chaconne or a fugue (from memory).
  • An entire major concerto (from memory)
  • A Paganini caprice or some other type of virtuoso display piece (from memory)

P.D.O.S. applicants should prepare the following, either for a recording, or on-campus audition:

 The first movement exposition of one of the selected violin concertos:

Beethoven

Brahms

Tchaikovsky

Sibelius

Mendelssohn

Bartok 2

AND

The first movement exposition of one of the Mozart Violin Concertos

AND

Excerpts: Strauss: Don Juan: Beginning to 3 bars before letter D

             Mendelssohn: Mid-Summer Night's Dream Scherzo: Beginning to 15 bars after letter F

             Brahms: Fourth Symphony, 4th movement Allegro energico e passionato: Begin 9 bars after letter A until letter D

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Doctor of Music (D.M.) applicants for the D.M. degree in violin, viola, violoncello and double bass must submit a preliminary screening recording online for consideration for a live department audition. This audition will be by invitation only and only after a review of the screening recording.  Auditions take place during the regular JSOM Audition/Interview weekends. Screening recordings must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2013. Please click here for detailed instructions. The Jacobs School of Music does not supply pianists for doctoral entrance auditions; however, the chair can supply names of competent pianists who will charge a fee for their service.

D.M. applicants should prepare the following, either for a acreening recording or on-campus audition:
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita (from memory). One of the contrasting movements should be the chaconne or a fugue (from memory).
  • An entire major concerto (from memory)
  • A Paganini caprice or some other type of virtuoso display piece (from memory)
  • A sonata with piano (not from memory)