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Audition Information

The goal of the audition is to enable you to best demonstrate your musical achievement. Select pieces from the repertoire below that you feel confident with and that display your strengths and interests.  We encourage you to consult with your music teacher or private lesson teacher when choosing and preparing your repertoire. We also invite you to contact Mr. Uli Speth, Artist-Teacher of Violin, for guidance in selecting repertoire and to inquire about scheduling a free sample lesson prior to your audition.

-Each audition includes demonstrations of scales, a study a solo, and sight reading-

Scales & Arpeggios

Major and minor scales in 2 and 3 octaves and arpeggios (at least one in 3 octaves) (candidate’s choice), played with a steady tempo and consistent rhythm.

Studies *

Choose one study from one of these etude books

R. Kreutzer, 42 Etudes
F. Fiorillo, 36 Caprices op. 3
JF Mazas, Etudes op. 36
P. Rode, 24 Caprices op. 22
J. Dont, 24 caprice op 35
J. Dont, 24 Exercises op. 37
N. Paganini, 24 Caprices


Two contrasting movements from a Concerto, 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. The following is a sampling of pieces you might select, but is intended only as a guide:

CA de Beriot – Violin Concerto No 9 (mvt. 1)

F Kreisler – Preludium and Allegro

WA Mozart Violin Concertos K 211, K 216, K 218, K219

JS Bach – any movement from a Solo Sonata or Partita BWV 1001 – 1006

E Bloch ‘Nigun’ from ‘Baal Shem’

M Bruch – Violin Concerto in g minor

F Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in e minor

H Wieniawski – Legende for Violin


Sight Reading

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

*The studies and solo repertoire listed on this page are available for purchase at major sheet-music retailers, including JWPepper, Sheet Music Plus, and Amazon.

If you have any questions about these requirements, need assistance selecting appropriate repertoire, or would like to explore modified/alternate requirements, please contact Mr. Uli Speth