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  • String Auditions

    In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument prior to their first semester enrolling in music courses.  Schedule your audition by filling out the Online Audition Application (must be submitted no later than one week prior to the audition date).  Auditions serve admission and placement purposes, and are also for talent scholarship consideration.

     

    String area auditions for the 2017 - 2018 academic year:

    Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:50 am, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

     

    String scholarships are awarded only to intended music performance or music education majors.

     

    Accompaniment is encouraged but not required. Applicants may bring their own accompanists, or call the music department well in advance of the audition for information on USU accompanists for hire.

     

    Applicants with violin, viola, cello, or bass as their primary instrument considering a Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Orchestra emphasis, or a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance: String emphasis, should prepare the following, specific to their instrument:

     

    Violin

    1. One movement from a Bach Solo Sonata or Partita
    2. One first or third movement from a standard violin concerto (other than a Bach concerto)
    3. A study such as Dont, Gavinies, Kreutzer, Rode, or Paganini
    4. Major and minor scales in 16th notes, three octaves.
    Either the Bach solo piece or the concerto movement should be memorized, and compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including varied bow strokes and tempi.
     

    Viola

    1. One movement from the Bach cello suites

    2. One technical study or etude

    3. One first or third movement from a standard concerto

    4. Major and minor scales in all keys, Quarter note = 80, slurred 3 or 4 per bow.

    Either the Bach solo piece or the concerto movement should be memorized, and compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including varied bow strokes and tempi.

     

    Cello

    1. One movement from the Bach cello suites

    2. One technical study or etude such as the Popper High School for Cello or equivalent

    3. One first or third movement from a standard concerto

    4. Four octave major and minor scales

    Both the Bach solo piece and the concerto movement should be memorized, and compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including varied bow strokes and tempi.

     

    Double Bass

    1. One three octave major scale with arpeggios

    2. Two contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire

    3. Two orchestral excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

    One of the solo pieces and the scale should be played from memory. The repertoire chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including varied bow strokes and tempi.

     

    For additional information contact:
    Symphony Orchestra: Sergio Bernal at Sergio.Bernal@usu.edu.
    Violin: Rebecca McFaul at Rebecca.mcfaul@usu.edu, and Robert Waters at robert.waters@usu.edu
    Viola: Bradley Ottesen at brad.ottesen@usu.edu
    Cello: Anne Francis at anne.francis@usu.edu
    Bass: Josh Skinner at Josh.Skinner@usu.edu