Strings

Musical examples listed in parentheses are recommended, but may be substituted by works of comparable length and technical difficulty.

Violin

  • Two technical studies: one from the Forty-Two Etudes by Kreutzer, and one from the Etudes of Rode, Dont, or Paganini
  • An unaccompanied Sonata or Partita by J. S. Bach
  • A concerto from the standard repertory (Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Wieniawsky, Tchaikovsky, or Sibelius)
  • A short piece from the eighteenth century
  • A work from the twentieth century (such as the Bartók Rhapsody, etc.)
  • Sight reading

Viola

  • Two technical studies
  • One by Kreutzer
  • One by Campagnoli
  • A major work from the standard repertory
  • A sonata or concerto from the twentieth century (Bartók, Hindemith, Walton)
  • Sight reading

Cello

  • A solo Suite by J. S. Bach
  • A sonata from the eighteenth century (Boccherini, Beethoven)
  • A concerto from the standard repertory (Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn)
  • A work from the twentieth century (Prokofiev, Britten, Crumb, etc.)
  • Sight reading

Double Bass

  • A technical study by Hrabe, Kreutzer-Zimmerman, or Bille
  • A concerto from the standard repertory (Dragonetti, Bottesini, etc.)
  • A sonata or suite from the Baroque or Romantic repertory
  • A solo work (not a transcription) from the twentieth century
  • Excerpts from these orchestral works: Beethoven Symphony Nos. 5 and 9; Mozart Symphony No. 39 or 40; Brahms Symphony No. 2; Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4; Strauss Don Juan
  • Sight reading