Apply     Visit     Give     |     Alumni     Parents     Offices     TCNJ Today     

Strings

Question regarding String Auditions can be directed to Uli Speth

Audition Requirements

Violin

Technique
Major and minor scales in 2 and 3 octaves and arpeggios (at least one in 3 octaves, candidate’s choice)

Studies
One etude by Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Mazas, Rode, Dont or Paganini

Solo
Two contrasting movements from a Concrto, Solo Sonata or Solo Piece. Selections can be from different pieces and don’t have to be complete movements if candidate’s piece of choice is more than five minutes long.

Sight Reading
The candidate will be asked to play a short piece at sight.

Viola

Technique
Major and melodic minor scales in 2 and 3 octaves (candidate’s choice)

Studies
Mazas, Kayser, Campagnoli, or equivalent (candidate’s choice)

Solo
Concerto by Telemann, Hoffmeister, J.C. Bach, or a sonata by Marcello or Handel (candidate’s choice)

Sight Reading
The candidate will be asked to play a short piece at sight.

Cello

Technique
Scales and arpeggios in G, D, F Major; a, e, d minor (at least one in 3 octaves)

Studies
Etudes by Dotzauer, Dupont or Popper (candidate’s choice)

Solo
Choose any sonata by Corelli, Marcello, Sammartine (any movement); or Goltermann Concerto (any movement); or Bach Arioso or equivalent (candidate’s choice)

Sight Reading
The candidate will be asked to play a short piece at sight.

Double Bass

Technique
One or two major or minor scales.

Studies
An etude at the candidate’s level of technical proficiency.

Solo
One or two movements of a sonata, concerto, or other solo work(s) demonstrating the candidate’s musical ability and achievement on the instrument.

Sight Reading
The candidate may be asked to play a short piece at sight.

Harp

Note: The Student is required to supply their own harp, unless prior arrangements have been made with the studio instructor.

Technique
Major scales, four octaves

Studies
Naderman, Bochsa, Bach/Grandjany, or an equivalent

Solo
Two contrasting solos

Sight Reading
The candidate may be asked to play a piece at sight.

Classical Guitar

Notes

  • The Department of Music offers a major in classical guitar only.
  • Guitarists are required to audition on a secondary instrument (please see below).

Questions may be directed to Michael Newman

Technique
Diatonic Major and Minor Scales, 2-3 octaves. Candidates should be prepared to play scales that are in the same keys as the pieces they perform for the audition, as well as the relative major or minor key. For example, if you will be performing a piece in the key of G major, play a G major scale and its relative minor, E minor. Suggested fingerings are those by Segovia, Shearer or equivalent.

Studies
One study/etude. Suggestions include: Carcassi Op. 60 (Chanterelle); Sor- Segovia Studies (Marks Music M394), Giuliani Op. 50 or 100; Brouwer Études Simples (Estudio sencillos), Villa-Lobos – Etude no. 1; Scott Tennant’s Pumping Nylon: Supplemental Repertoire, or equivalent.

Solo
Two solo pieces contrasting in style, character, and key (if possible)
The following is a sampling of pieces you might select, but is intended only as a guide:

Milán – one of the Six Pavans
Dowland — any Galliard
Bach – Prelude BWV 999
Bach – Minuets from 1st Suite for ‘Cello (trans. for guitar) BWV 1007
Giuliani – Sonatinas, Op. 71
Tárrega – Logríma, a mazurka, or a vals
Ponce-Segovia – one of the Twelve Preludes
Villa-Lobos – Prelude 1 or 4

Sight Reading
The candidate may be asked to play a short 8-measure selection at sight.

NB
An excellent source for graded repertoire and study pairings can be found in: Royal Conservatory of Music, Guitar Series, Third Edition, Albums Introductory, 1-8, and Technique. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Frederick Harris Music Co., Ltd., 2004.


Required Secondary Instrument Audition for all Guitarists

Guitarists are asked to choose whether they will pursue a Guitar – Vocal track or a Guitar – Instrumental track and to audition on their secondary instrument.

  • If you choose Guitar – Vocal track, the vocal audition will include a short, prepared song of your choice, sight reading, and vocalization. You may sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” or some other familiar song, instead of an art song, should you wish to do so.
  • If you choose Guitar – Instrumental track, the audition on your secondary instrument will include scales, sight reading, and a short, 2 – 5 minute prepared piece of your choice. You may perform your part from one of your band pieces in lieu of a solo piece, should you wish to do so.

Thus, the audition for the secondary instrument is not meant to be seen in the same light as the audition for the primary instrument. Rather, students must demonstrate through audition the ability to successfully participate in a curricular ensemble as determined by an ensemble Director and/or a studio instructor.