String Audition Requirements

String Audition Requirements

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Violin

Solo

Mvt. 1 exposition of one of the following concertos*:

  • Brahms Concerto
  • Dvorak Concerto
  • Bruch Concerto No. 1
  • Mendelssohn Concerto
  • Mozart Concerto No. 4 (K. 218)
  • Mozart Concerto No. 5 (K. 219)
  • Prokofiev Concerto No. 2
  • Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3
  • Sibelius Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky Concerto

*A concerto of equal scope may be substituted with prior permission from the NOI office. If you are performing a concert NOT on the list above, you are also required to play a movement from a Bach sonata, suite or partita.

Excerpts

  1. Brahms Symphony No. 4: movement 4, m.33 to Rehearsal D
  2. Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo, beginning to 7 mm. after Rehearsal D
  3. Strauss Don Juan: beginning to 13 mm. after Rehearsal C (first page)

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Viola

Solo

One movement from a solo Bach Cello Suite (no repeats) AND mvt. 1 exposition of one of the following concertos*:

  • Bartok Concerto
  • Bloch Suite (1919)
  • Hindemith Der Schwanendreher
  • Stamitz Concerto
  • Walton Concerto

*A concerto of equal scope my be substituted with prior permission from the NOI office.

Excerpts

  1. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6: mvt. 1, mm. 19-62
  2. Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn: Var. V AND VII (no repeats)
  3. Strauss Don Juan: beginning to 9 measures after Rehearsal B

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Cello

Solos

One movement from a solo Bach Cello Suite (no repeats) AND mvt. 1 exposition of one of the following concertos*:

  • Dvorak Concerto
  • Elgar Concerto
  • Haydn Concerto No. 1 in C Major
  • Haydn Concerto No. 2 in D Major
  • Schumann Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky¬†Variations on a Rococo Theme

*A concerto of equal scope my be substituted with prior permission from the NOI office.

Excerpts

  1. Brahms Symphony No. 2, movement 2: beginning to Rehearsal A
  2. Mozart Symphony No. 35, movement 4: mm. 134 to Rehearsal E
  3. Strauss Ein Heldenleben: beginning to 5 mm. after #2

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Double Bass

Solos

One movement from a solo Bach Cello Suite (no repeats) AND the first movement of one of the following concertos* (in orchestra tuning):

  • Bottesini Concerto No. 2 (beginning to m. 58)
  • Dittersdorf Concerto No. 2 (beginning to m. 98)
  • Koussevitzky Concerto (beginning to m. 77)
  • Vanhal Concerto (beginning to m. 83)

*A concerto of equal scope my be substituted with prior permission from the NOI office.

Excerpts

  1. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 3: beginning to 5 mm. after Rehearsal A
  2. Brahms Symphony No. 1, movement 1: 4 mm. before Rehearsal E to the 2nd ending
  3. Strauss Ein Heldenleben: #9 to 6 mm. after #12

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