Suggested Repertoire - Strings

The audition should consist of:

  • Scales - two or three octaves.
  • Any etude of the student's choice.
  • Two contrasting short pieces or movements from sonatas or concertos, with piano accompaniment

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


Two or three works from different periods, memorized.