Accompanists are neither required nor provided for string auditions.
Applicants to Master of Music in String Performance or the Specialist in Music in String Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited video recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable. Please create separate tracks for each piece.
Upon a favorable evaluation of this video recording, your resume, repertoire list, and collegiate transcripts, an audition may be scheduled.
The pre-screening video recording requirement is waived for current University of Michigan undergraduate string majors applying to the M.M. or Specialist programs.
All repertoire should be performed from memory.
Prepare an étude representing your current level of technical development, two contrasting movements from one of the J. S. Bach unaccompanied suites, and an allegro movement from the standard cello concerto literature. The Bach and the concerto should be played from memory.
If you are applying for the Chamber Music program in strings you must audition on your major instrument following guidelines described here.
Prepare an étude representing your current level of technical development, two solo pieces or movements in contrasting styles and tempi, and a few minutes of excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. One of the works or movements should be played from memory.
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance does not offer a degree in classical guitar performance. It is possible for jazz guitar to serve as a principal instrument within a Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation degree program. Jazz guitar audition requirements are listed with the Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation department audition information.
Prepare four octaves of ascending and descending arpeggios in two keys, alternating hands; and four octaves of a scale, hands together (one key); one etude; one orchestral excerpt from standard audition repertoire; and two advanced works of contrasting style/time period. All solos are to be performed from memory.
Prepare either a single movement of a romantic sonata (such as Brahms) or two movements of a Bach suite (nos. 2,3,4,5 or 6). In addition, prepare a substantial movement from a 20th century viola concerto. The concerto movement or the Bach movements should be performed from memory.
Prepare two contrasting movements of a concerto, two contrasting movements of a Bach sonata or partita, a Paganini caprice of choice and an additional piece of choice from the 20th century. Sight reading may be required.
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