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Viola 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.

Viola Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

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

  1. Two contrasting works from the standard viola repertoire. Playing from memory on at least one work is preferred.
  2. Étude or study
  3. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales in two or more keys
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. Two contrasting works from the standard viola repertoire. Playing from memory on at least one work is preferred.
  2. Étude or study
  3. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales in two or more keys
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. Two contrasting works from the standard viola repertoire. Playing from memory on at least one work is preferred.
  2. Étude or study
  3. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales in two or more keys
  4. Sight-reading

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

  1. Two contrasting works from the standard viola repertoire. Playing from memory on at least one work is preferred.
  2. Étude or study
  3. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales in two or more keys
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. Movement from a major work -- concerto, sonata, or suite -- preferably playing from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements from the J. S. Bach unaccompanied suites
  3. Étude or study
  4. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales
  5. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Performance and Music Education (BM)

  1. Movement from a major work -- concerto, sonata, or suite -- preferably playing from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements from the J. S. Bach unaccompanied suites
  3. Étude or study
  4. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales
  5. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

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

  1. Two contrasting works from the standard viola repertoire. Playing from memory on at least one work is preferred.
  2. Étude or study
  3. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales in two or more keys
  4. Sight-reading

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. Two contrasting works from the standard viola repertoire. Playing from memory on at least one work is preferred.
  2. Étude or study
  3. Three-octave major and melodic minor scales in two or more keys
  4. Sight-reading

Viola Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

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. Perform contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite
  2. Additional movements or works from the standard literature. 

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

Kyle Armbrust
Professor of Viola

Specific repertoire questions should be directed to Kyle Armbrust