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The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. Consider visiting Baylor before your scheduled audition to give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the professor, to meet students in residence at Baylor, and to determine whether Baylor would be a good fit for you.

BEFORE AUDITIONING, students must must submit applications to both Baylor University and the School of Music. Audition dates are selected on the School of Music application. If you wish to audition on a non-scheduled audition date, please note that on your application and contact the appropriate faculty member to schedule an audition.

We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule a live audition on their School of Music applications for one of our regularly scheduled on-campus audition dates. Those who are unable to attend an on-campus audition for reasons of distance or cost of travel, are recommended to contact the appropriate instrument professor.

  • The audition committee consists of string faculty members.
  • Memorization requirements are listed per individual instrument repertoire.
  • We prefer to hear auditions without piano accompaniment.
 

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level:


VIOLIN

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Bruce Berg and Dr. Eka Gogichashvili with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Violin Requirements:
  • First or last movement of a standard concerto including cadenza if applicable, memorized
  • Movement of unaccompanied Bach, memorized
  • Short virtuosic piece or etude
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Violin Requirements:
  • First movement of a standard concerto including cadenza, memorized
  • Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach, memorized
  • Short work of the candidate's choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrasts, memorized

VIOLA

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Kathryn Steely with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Viola Requirements:
  • First movement of a standard concerto, including cadenza, memorized
  • Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach, memorized
  • One short virtuosic piece, sonata movement or etude
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Viola Requirements:
  • First movement of a 20th century concerto, memorized
  • Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach, memorized
  • Single movement virtuosic work
  • Sonata movement of the candidate's choice demonstrating stylistic contrast

CELLO

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Gary Hardie with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Cello Requirements:
  • First or last movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza for Boccherini Bb)
  • Prelude or Gigue from any Bach unaccompanied Suite (except Suite #1)
  • Select one: single movement lyrical work, technical showpiece, standard sonata first movement or etude
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Cello Requirements:
  • First and last movement of a standard concerto, memorized
  • Prelude, Gigue, and one other movement from an unaccompanied Bach Suite (except Suite #1)
  • First or last movement from one of the following sonatas: Locatelli, Beethoven #3 or #4, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Shostakovich, Prokofiev
  • Select one: First or last movement from a 20th century unaccompanied work, a technical showpiece, or a virtuosic etude by Popper or Piatti

DOUBLE BASS

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Sandor Ostlund with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Double Bass Requirements:
  • A movement of a concerto or other major work from the double bass solo repertoire
  • Another piece (or movement from a larger work) in contrasting style
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts by different composers
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Double Bass Requirements:
  • A movement of a concerto or other major work from the double bass repertoire
  • Another piece or movement from a larger work in contrasting style
  • Two contrasting movements of solo Bach (from the suites for cello)
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts by different composers

HARP

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Karen Thomas with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Harp Requirements:
  • Two works of contrasting styles and periods from the harp repertoire. One transcription is acceptable; one work should be originally written for harp. (A movement from a harp concerto may be used for one of the pieces)
  • One standard orchestral excerpt
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Harp Requirements:
  • Two works of contrasting styles and periods from the harp repertoire
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

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