Audition Information

Violin Audition Requirements

(prescreen and audition required)

Undergraduate

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.)

Graduate

Master of Music (M.M.)

Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

Performer Diploma-Orchestral Studies (P.D.O.S.)

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Undergraduate Requirements

Prescreen

All violin applicants (for all degrees and programs) must submit a prescreen recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Repertoire for the screening recording:

For ALL programs and degrees, the screening recording must include AT LEAST the following selections:

  • A movement from a major concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from one of Bach's Sonatas or Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001-1006)

Applicants for graduate degrees are encouraged to include further repertoire in their screening recordings to provide the most complete demonstration of their artistry. Examples of this could be a virtuoso piece or additional concerto or Bach movements.

The repertoire for the screening recording may be the same as the repertoire for the actual audition, but is not required to be the same. The applicant has the option of including recordings of recent performances.

Memorization: All materials for violin auditions must be presented from memory. The only exceptions to this are Sonatas with Piano (in the case of DM applicants) and orchestral excerpts (in the case of PDOS applicants). 

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.

Memorization: All materials for violin auditions must be presented from memory. The only exceptions to this are Sonatas with Piano (in the case of DM applicants) and orchestral excerpts (in the case of PDOS applicants).

Final Recorded Audition

If you are unable to attend a live audition, applicants may submit a final recorded audition via the JSoM Supplemental Application. Please indicate in your application that your recording submissions are intended to serve both as prescreen and audition recordings.

Repertoire requirements are the same as an on-campus audition.

BM, BME, BSOF Audition Repertoire:
  • The first movement of a standard major concerto with cadenza (if it has one), OR second and third movements of a standard major concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied partita or sonata by J.S. Bach.

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Graduate Requirements

Prescreen

All violin applicants (for all degrees and programs) must submit a prescreen recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Repertoire for the screening recording:

For ALL programs and degrees, the screening recording must include AT LEAST the following selections:

  • A movement from a major concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from one of Bach's Sonatas or Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001-1006)

Applicants for graduate degrees are encouraged to include further repertoire in their screening recordings to provide the most complete demonstration of their artistry. Examples of this could be a virtuoso piece or additional concerto or Bach movements.

The repertoire for the screening recording may be the same as the repertoire for the actual audition, but is not required to be the same. The applicant has the option of including recordings of recent performances.

Memorization: All materials for violin auditions must be presented from memory. The only exceptions to this are Sonatas with Piano (in the case of DM applicants) and orchestral excerpts (in the case of PDOS applicants). 

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.

Memorization: All materials for violin auditions must be presented from memory. The only exceptions to this are Sonatas with Piano (in the case of DM applicants) and orchestral excerpts (in the case of PDOS applicants).

Final Recorded Audition

If you are unable to attend a live audition, applicants may submit a final recorded audition via the JSoM Supplemental Application. Please indicate in your application that your recording submissions are intended to serve both as prescreen and audition recordings.

Repertoire requirements are the same as an on-campus audition.

MM, PDSP Audition Repertoire:
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita. One of the movements should be the Ciaccona or a fugue. If the Ciaccona is chosen, an additional movement is not required.
  • An entire major concerto.
  • A Paganini caprice or some other type of virtuoso display piece.
 PDOS Audition Repertoire:
  • The first movement exposition of one of the selected violin concerti:
    • Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok No. 2
    • The first movement exposition of one of the Mozart Violin Concerti
    • Orchestral excerpts (these excerpts may be performed with or without music, at the discretion of the applicant):
  • 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: From 9 bars after letter A until letter D
DM Audition Repertoire:
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita. One of the movements should be the Ciaccona or a fugue. If the Ciaccona is chosen, an additional movement is not required.
  • An entire major concerto.
  • A Paganini caprice or some other type of virtuoso display piece.
  • A sonata with piano (the sonata may be performed with or without music, at the discretion of the applicant).

Note: JSoM provides a pianist for doctoral entrance auditions; however, you must contact the chair of the string department as soon as you receive notice that you passed prescreen to submit repertoire and arrange a meeting with a pianist.

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