For your audition, you should prepare two contrasting solo pieces or movements of one piece. The choice of solos is up to the applicant. Demonstrating tone, musicianship and technique are all important in the repertoire selection. Memory is required for at least one selection, and strongly encouraged for both. Suggestions include, but are not limited to:

  • Naderman Sonatina
  • Bochsa Etudes – Op. 34
  • Pierne Impromptu-Caprice
  • Handel Concerto in Bb
  • Salzedo Song in the Night

Orchestral Excerpt

One orchestral excerpt of your choice. Examples include the cadenza from the Waltz of the Flowers, Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, or Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.


You will be asked to sight-read a passage as part of your audition. You will be given a few moments to look it over and then we will ask you to perform it.

If you have any questions, contact Susanna Klein, coordinator of strings.