Title

Cello Audition Requirements

Select the degree you are interested in to review the audition requirements and additional degree information. Faculty contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

Cello Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: Audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

  1. Approximately 15 minutes of music -- two or three works in contrasting styles demonstrating range of technique and musicianship (preferably from memory)
  2. Major and melodic minor scales

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. Approximately 15 minutes of music -- two or three works in contrasting styles demonstrating range of technique and musicianship (preferably from memory)
  2. Major and melodic minor scales

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. Approximately 15 minutes of music -- two or three works in contrasting styles demonstrating range of technique and musicianship (preferably from memory)
  2. Major and melodic minor scales

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

  1. Approximately 15 minutes of music -- two or three works in contrasting styles demonstrating range of technique and musicianship (preferably from memory)
  2. Major and melodic minor scales

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. Movement from a major work -- concerto, sonata, or suite (preferably from memory)
  2. Two contrasting movements from the J. S. Bach unaccompanied suites
  3. One technical étude or study
  4. Scales and arpeggios in three octaves, major and melodic minor

Degree Page: Performance & Music Education (BM)

  1. Movement from a major work -- concerto, sonata, or suite (preferably from memory)
  2. Two contrasting movements from the J. S. Bach unaccompanied suites
  3. One technical étude or study
  4. Scales and arpeggios in three octaves, major and melodic minor

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Note: SRT applicants must submit a pre-screen audition recording (review requirements)

  1. Approximately 15 minutes of music -- two or three works in contrasting styles demonstrating range of technique and musicianship (preferably from memory)
  2. Major and melodic minor scales

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. Approximately 15 minutes of music -- two or three works in contrasting styles demonstrating range of technique and musicianship (preferably from memory)
  2. Major and melodic minor scales

Cello Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

Prepare the following for a 15-minute audition:

  1. Two or three works in contrasting styles demonstrating a range of technique and musicianship (preferably from memory)

Message from the Music Admission Team

At Ithaca College, we value all voices and encourage you to bring your authentic self to your audition. Throughout your application and audition process, our Faculty and Admission Team will always seek potential over perfection, and look forward to discovering the unique perspectives and backgrounds you could bring to the School of Music community.

Our team strives to foster equitable and inclusive practices in our auditions, while identifying areas where additional attention is needed to affect change. Please visit this page to learn about the different audition options available this year, and do not hesitate to reach out to us at music@ithaca.edu with any questions.
-IC Music Admission Team
Bradley Whittemore and Felice Doynov

Faculty

Elizabeth Simkin
Professor of Cello
Visit Professor Simkin's Website

Specific repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Elizabeth Simkin.