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D Major scale, 3-octaves. Tempo and bowing are candidate’s choice.

Three pieces, one from each of the following categories:

1. One movement from any one of the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach.

2. One movement from Mozart Concerto #3, 4 or 5. While a Mozart concerto is preferred, a movement from a romantic concerto at the RCM Grade 8 level or higher may be substituted.

3. A work of candidate’s own choice, from a musical period not represented in the first 2 selections. Could be contemporary, folk, jazz and even pop/rock.

Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate’s level, achievement and strengths.

*There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.

Prepare three contrasting pieces or movements from standard repertoire at a minimum RCM Grade 8 level.

Technique

One three-octave scale and arpeggio of your choice.

Study

One Etude or Caprice of your choice (eg. Kreutzer, Campagnoli, Rode)

Two of the following pieces or movements:

  • One movement from a standard Concerto or Sonata (Handel, J.C. Bach, Hummel)
  • One movement from the Solo Suites for Violoncello by J.S. Bach
  • Own Choice from the 19th or 20th Century

This is a guide only. Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate’s level, achievement and strengths.

*There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.

Prepare three contrasting pieces or movements from standard repertoire at a minimum RCM Grade 8 level.

Possible repertoire:

  • One or two movements from the Solo Suites or Viola DaGamba Sonatas by J.S. Bach or the Six Sonatas by Vivaldi
  • A movement from one of the Beethoven Cello Sonatas
  • A movement from a Concerto (Klengel, Haydn, Saint Saens, Lalo, etc.)
  • Own choice from the 19th or 20th Century

This is a guide only. Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate’s level, achievement and strengths.

*There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.

Prepare three contrasting pieces or movements from standard repertoire at a minimum RCM Grade 8 level.

Select one sonata and one etude (two contrasting movements, one fast and one slow). Possible repertoire:

  • Marcello, B.: Six Sonatas for Double Bass and Piano (originally violoncello)
  • Vivaldi, I.: Five Sonatas for Double Bass and Piano (originally violoncello)
  • Simandl: 30 Etudes for Double Bass

This is a guide only. Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate’s level, achievement and strengths.

*There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.

Prepare three contrasting pieces or movements (one of which may be a study) from standard repertoire.

Suggested repertoire:

  • Bach, J.S.: Prelude in D major, BWV 1007, Prelude in D minor, BWV 999, Any one movement of similar difficulty from a Lute Suite
  • Dowland, John: Queen’s Elizabeth’s Galliard, Any Galliard or Fantasia of similar difficulty
  • Guiliani, Mauro: Adagio from the Sonata in C major, Op. 15
  • Lobos, Villa: Prelude 1, 3 or 4
  • Mangoré, Barrios: Julia Florida, Andante Religioso from ‘La Catedral’
  • Sor, Fernando: Any one of Etudes 10-20 from the Twenty Selected Studies by André Segovia

Non-classical repertoire

You may choose to audition on an acoustic instrument in a non-classical style. The following options are suitable. It is highly recommended to bring some type of sheet music to the audition for the adjudicators to follow. For example, a lead sheet or a tablature will suffice.

  • A fingerstyle chord solo arrangement of a jazz standard
  • An intermediate to advanced flamenco piece,
  • An acoustic fingerstyle piece (in the style of Andy Mckee, Don Ross or Calum Graham)

This is a guide only. Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate’s level, achievement and strengths.

*There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.

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