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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: Music Theory (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: Performance (MM)

Candidates must exhibit the equivalent preparation to that required for the Bachelor of Music in Performance at Ithaca College and give evidence of being equipped to perform successful recitals during the period of study for the degree program.

Prepare the following for a 20-minute audition:

  1. Movement from a major work - concerto, sonata, or suite (preferably from memory)
  2. Two contrasting movements from the J.S. Bach unaccompanied suite
  3. One technical etude or study

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)

Faculty

Elizabeth Simkin
Professor of Cello
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Specific repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Elizabeth Simkin.