Strings

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

Cello

  • Scales, all keys: major, minor, chromatic through three octaves
  • A technical study from the High School of Cello Playing by D. Popper
  • Two contrasting movements from the standard concerto repertory (Saint-Saëns, Haydn C Major, Boccherini B flat)
  • Two contrasting movements from a solo suite by J.S. Bach
  • One work from the 20th century (a movement from the Barber Sonata, Shostakovich Sonata)
  • Sight reading

Double Bass

  • Scales, all keys: major, minor, chromatic, through three octaves
  • A technical study (Thirty Etudes by Simandl)
  • One work from the standard repertory (two contrasting movements from a concerto or sonata by Vivaldi)
  • An orchestral excerpt from a 20th-century work (Prokofiev, Stravinsky)
  • Sight reading

Viola

  • Scales, all keys: major, minor, chromatic, through three octaves
  • A technical study by Kreutzer
  • One work from the standard repertory (two contrasting movements from a concerto or sonata by J.S. Bach, Handel, Telemann, Schubert)
  • One movement from a cello suite by J.S. Bach
  • One work from the 20th century (Hindemith sonatas)
  • Sight reading

Violin

  • Scales, all keys: major, minor, chromatic, through three octaves
  • Two technical studies:
    • one from the Forty-two Etudes by Kreutzer
    • one from the Etudes by Rode or Dont, Opus 37
  • Two movements from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by J.S. Bach
  • Two contrasting movements from a standard concerto (Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky)
  • One work from the 20th century (Bartók Rumanian Dances)
  • Sight reading