Department of Strings

Violin Guidelines
Viola Guidelines
Cello Guidelines
Double Bass Guidelines

Artist Diploma Recital Guidelines

Violin Recital Repertoire Guidelines

Concentration Recital, undergraduate level

No specification

Concentration Recital, graduate level

No specification

Major Recital, junior and senior levels

During the course of the two required recitals, the programs should include at least one major concerto, at least one sonata with piano, and a least two contrasting movements from the Bach solo partitas and sonatas. The Bach movements and concerto should be performed from memory.

Major Recital, MM and PD

The recital should include at least two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita (or the Ciaccona) and a complete major concerto – both from memory, as well as a sonata with piano. Students are encouraged to include a contemporary work as part of their program.  Please note the following exceptions to these guidelines:

•             If the student received his/her undergraduate degree in violin performance from the Jacobs School of Music, the Bach solo works may be replaced on the recital by another equivalent solo work(s).

•             If a concerto is of sufficient length that it makes programing within the recital time limits impossible (e.g. Beethoven or Brahms), the first movement of the concerto can fulfill the entire concerto requirement.

•             If an MM or PD student has already presented a graduate degree recital at the JSoM, the repertoire for a second graduate degree recital is completely at the discretion of the student's teacher.  However, it should be of a comparable level of difficulty/accomplishment to the normal requirements above.

PLEASE NOTE: The above repertoire obviously assumes that undergraduate recitals (both junior and senior), and graduate recitals (MM and PD) will be solo recitals. Duets (with or without piano) may be programmed on these recitals with the approval of the teacher. Works requiring more than two players (pianists as excepted) are not permitted. Exceptions to this rule must have the approval of a majority of the voting membership of the String Department.  

Viola Recital Repertoire Guidelines

Concentration Recital, undergraduate level (BSOF, BME)

No specification

Concentration Recital, graduate level (BSOF, BME)

No specification

Major recital, junior and senior level (BM, Performance)

Between the two recitals, student must perform a Bach suite. (The Chaconne/Prelude and Fugue/Chromatic Fantasy will also be acceptable), a concerto and a sonata with piano. The Bach and concerto to be played from memory.

Major recital, graduate level (MM in Performance, Performance Diploma)

A full length recital program to include one unaccompanied work.

Please Note: The above repertoire obviously assumes that undergraduate recitals (both junior and senior), and graduate recitals (MM and PD) will be solo recitals. Duets (with or without piano) may be programmed on these recitals with the approval of the teacher. Works requiring more than two players (pianists as excepted) are not permitted. Exceptions to this rule must have the approval of a majority of the voting membership of the String Department.

Cello Recital Repertoire Guidelines

Concentration Recital, undergraduate level (BSOF, BME)

No specification

Concentration Recital, graduate level (BSOF, BME)

No specification

Major recital, junior and senior level (BM, Performance)

During the course of the two required recitals, the programs should include at least one major concerto (memorized), at least one sonata with piano, and at least one Bach solo suite (memorized).

Major recital, graduate level (MM in Performance, Performance Diploma)

A solo suite or sonata by Bach (unless performed previously at IU), a major concerto, and/or concert piece (all memorized, except in the case of Bach gamba sonatas) and a sonata with piano. Contemporary works may be used in concertos or sonatas.

Please Note: The above repertoire obviously assumes that undergraduate recitals (both junior and senior), and graduate recitals (MM and PD) will be solo recitals. Duets (with or without piano) may be programmed on these recitals with the approval of the teacher. Works requiring more than two players (pianists as excepted) are not permitted. Exceptions to this rule must have the approval of a majority of the voting membership of the String Department.

Double Bass Recital Repertoire Guidelines

Concentration Recital, undergraduate level (BSOF, BME)

No specification

Concentration Recital, graduate level (BSOF, BME)

No specification

Major recital, junior level (BM, Performance)

Must have exam in orchestral repertoire (see under “Exam Instead of Second Recital”)

Major recital, senior level (BM, Performance)

Should include at least one major solo work or a concerto played from memory, and another significant work differing in musical style.

Major recital, graduate level (MM in Performance, Performance Diploma)

Should include at least two significant works presented from memory and a concerted sonata (may be a transcription or contemporary).

Please Note: The above repertoire obviously assumes that undergraduate recitals (both junior and senior) and graduate recitals (MM and PD) will be solo recitals. Duets (with or without piano) may be programmed on these recitals with the approval of the teacher. Works requiring more than two players (pianists as excepted) are not permitted. Exceptions to this rule must have the approval of a majority of the voting membership of the String Department.

Artist Diploma Recital Repertoire Guidelines

Repertoire must be approved by your entire AD advisory committee.