Strings Audition Info

String auditions for the VCU Symphony Fall 2022 will occur on Tuesday, August 23, from 1pm-5pm in room 3003 of the James W. Black Music Center. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to warm-up in one of the practice pods. Please sign up for auditions here.

**Wind and Percussion auditions for placement in a large ensemble (SWE and VCU Symphony) will be held on Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of class. More information here.

What to Prepare– Students will be required to play excerpts from Shostakovich’s Symphony No 1. available below AND prepare the following scales (your choice of bowings) for the audition.

Scales (Quarter = 120 or faster)

  • Violin:
    • Be prepared to play any of the following, 3 octaves – Ab major, Db major, E melodic minor, C melodic minor
    • Excerpts, from Shostakovich Symphony No 1
      • From Movement I – 2 bars before 23 till 4th bar of 29
      • From Movement II – 2 bars before 2 till 4 bars after 4
      • For those students who want to be considered as potential concertmaster: From Movement III – 16 till 19 (solo)
      • ViolinExcerpts[PDF]
  • Viola:
    • Be prepared to play any of the following, 3 octaves – Db major, Gb major, A melodic minor, F melodic minor
    • Excerpts, from Shostakovich Symphony No 1
      • From Movement I – Pick-up to 24 till 2 bars after 31 (when divisi, play top line)
      • From Movement II – 20 till 22
      • From Movement III- 10 till 12
      • ViolaExcerpts[PDF]
  • Cello:
    • Be prepared to play any of the following, 3 octaves – Db major, Gb major, A melodic minor, F melodic minor
    • Excerpts, from Shostakovich Symphony No 1
      • From Movement I – 23 till 29
      • From Movement IV – 6 till 10 AND 12 till 13
      • For those students who want to be considered as potential first chair: From Movement IV – 36 till 40 (solo)
      • CelloExcerpts[PDF]
  • Bass:
    • Be prepared to play any of the following, 3 octaves – F major, Ab major, E melodic minor, G melodic minor
    • Excerpts, from Shostakovich Symphony No 1
      • From Movement I – From 3 bars before 22 till 2nd bar of 31
      • From Movement III – 13 till 16
      • From Movement IV – 9 till 13
      • BassExcerpts[PDF]

Should you have any questions, please email Prof. Daniel Myssyk at dmyssyk@vcu.edu.

Looking for information on our Concerto and Aria Competition? Competition rules and guidelines can be found here!