Classical Guitar

Two or three selections—including movements from sonatas, concertos, and other solo pieces—of contrasting styles from standard repertoires; major and minor scales. Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi.

Please note: Due to the off-campus performing schedule of Stephen Aron, on-campus classical guitar auditions will not be offered on February 10 or February 24.

Viola

Two or three selections—including movements from sonatas, concertos, and other solo pieces—of contrasting styles from standard repertoires; major and minor scales. Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi. NOTE: Major and minor scales are not required of students submitting a recorded audition.

Double Bass

Choose three of the following bulleted requirements:

  • two contrasting movements (or pieces) from the concerto, sonata, or similar repertoire
  • three contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire
  • a solo piece composed after 1950 or an etude of choice
  • one or two movements from any of the Bach Cello Suites or any comparable piece or movement composed before 1750

Cello

  • one movement of a standard concerto - if you plan to play the 1st movement of either the Elgar: Concerto in E minor or Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1, please also prepare the 2nd movement
  • one complete étude by a composer such as Duport, Popper, etc.
  • two movements of a suite by Bach

Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi.

Please note: Due to the off-campus performing schedule of our faculty, on-campus cello auditions will not be offered on March 3.

Harp

Two contrasting solos of choice; Level III/Advanced-Professional Warm-Up, from On Playing the Harp, by Yolanda Kondonassis, published by Carl Fischer; one orchestral excerpt of choice. For more information, download the Harp Applicant Information Sheet or visit www.yolandaharp.com/faq.html.

Harp Auditions: February 10, 2018

If you are applying to Oberlin only, the audition date will be February 10, 2018.  If you are applying only to Oberlin and that audition date is an impossibility, please contact Ms. Kondonassis' assistant at ykassistant@gmail.com. If you are applying to both CIM and Oberlin, your audition must be held at CIM and must be scheduled through the CIM admissions office.  However, we encourage you to visit the Oberlin campus at some point. Your CIM audition will be considered your Oberlin audition as well.

There are no regional auditions offered in harp.

Violin

  • Violin applicants must submit a screening audition for review via the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal.
  • Screening Recordings and Recorded Auditions must be audio/video recordings. Audio only recordings will not be accepted.
  • The repertoire on the screening need not be identical to that of the on campus, regional, or recorded video audition, but must meet the requirements detailed below.
  • Screening deadline: December 4

Screening and Final Audition Requirements for Bachelor of Music

  • one movement from a Bach solo sonata or partita
  • the first or last movement from a standard 19th or 20th century concerto
  • a study such as Dont, Gavinies, Rode, or Paganini

Either the Bach solo piece or the concerto movement should be memorized.

Screening Requirements for Artist Diploma

  • first movement of a Mozart concerto with cadenza
  • one Paganini caprice
  • first two movements from any Bach solo sonata or the Chaconne from the D minor Sonata
  • one piece written after 1940
  • first movement from a standard 19th or 20th century concerto (for Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 Op. 77, choose a fast movement)

Final Audition Requirements for Artist Diploma

  • first movement of a Mozart concerto with cadenza
  • one Paganini caprice
  • first two movements from any Bach solo sonata or the Chaconne from the D minor Sonata
  • one piece written after 1940
  • complete 19th or 20th century concerto