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Strings Repertoire

Suggested Repertoire - Strings

The audition should consist of:

  • Scales - two octaves (bass) or three octaves (violin, viola, cello).
  • Any etude of the student's choice.
  • Two contrasting short pieces or movements from sonatas or concertos.

Consider the following lists as a general guide. Works similar in style to those listed may be substituted.


Concertos: Seitz, Accolay, Viotti, Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn or Bruch
Sonatas: Handel, Le Clair, Corelli or Telemann
Etude Studies: Kreutzer, Dont or Mazas


Prepare one movement from a Bach cello suite (transcribed for viola), plus one or two movements from the following:

Sonatas/works with piano: Schumann Fairy Tales, Schubert Sonatina, Brahms Sonatas, Weber Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Bruch Romanze, or similar.

Concertos: Hoffmeister, Vanhal, Stamitz, Schubert Concerto in C, Handel/Casadesus, J.C. Bach/Casadesus, or similar.


Bach - Cello Suites
Bruch - Kol Nidre
Faure - Elegie
Haydn - Concerto in C (1st mvt.)
Lalo - Concerto(Intermezzo)
Saint-Saens - Concerto in a minor (1st mvt.)
Vivaldi - Sonatas (3rd mvt.)

String Bass

Bottesini - Reverie
Capuzzi - Concerto (1st mvt.)
Ciordano - Larghetto
Halsey Stevens - Arioso
Marcello - Sonata in G (1st & 4th mvts.)
Ratez - Menuet Varie
Saint-Saiens - The Elephant
Simandl/Durkee - Larghetto


Regardless of degree program, students who wish to study guitar as their major instrument must audition on and study Classical guitar. Students who wish to study Classical guitar exclusively do not need to complete the Jazz audition. However, students who wish to study Jazz guitar MUST also study Classical guitar. If the student has no prior experience in Classical guitar, the classical audition may be deferred to a later time to allow for preparation.

Guitar audition requirements:

At the audition, students will be asked for:

  • Two octave major and minor scales in all keys over all regions of the fingerboard.

  • Classical audition: one or more selections from the classical guitar repertoire. Pop/rock songs such as “Dust in the Wind” are not acceptable. Questions about appropriate repertoire may be directed to the instructor, robert.dunn@uni.edu

  • Jazz audition: single-note sight reading, chordal sight reading, appropriate comping (rhythmic chordal accompaniment) in Swing and Bossa Nova styles, and performance with a  John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, etc., or a thirty-two bar song from composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, etc. The performance will include the melody, comping, and single-note improvisation.


  • Etude of your choice (Kastner, Pozzoli, or similar)
  • Two contrasting solos
  • Scales are not necessary