Audition Requirements

Will Rawlinson, Example preliminary recording, 2021

Please view an example of an audition. This is a shortened version.

Audition Requirements for Strings Chamber Music:

Audition Requirements for Strings Chamber Music: 2022-23

Application Window: December 1 - January 27: Application is open through BACKPACK. All students, in and out of district, must apply through BACKPACK. A separate application must be filled out for each art discipline applied for.

In Person Auditions-March 4 at the Fine Arts Center. Times to be determined after the application has been received.

Possible make up times will be determined on a case by case basis.

Results will be released to all applicants via BACKPACK on March 27, 2023

All students, in and out-of-district must apply through BACKPACK.

Out of district and home school students are welcome and encouraged to apply. You also must create a Backpack account through the Greenville Public Schools and apply through Backpack. (Greenville County School district) (Greenville public schools, Backpack parent account) (Greenville public schools, student Backpack account)

Audition Requirements:

No Pre-screenings requirements.

  • Two contrasting movements from a solo piece, sonata, or concerto. Movements performed do not need to be from the same piece.

  • A three-octave major and minor scale. (two octave scales for bassists).

  • Sight reading

What types of pieces should I perform?

NOTE: The following pieces are only suggestions. Perform what you are most comfortable playing, even if you have contrasting pieces from books one, or two material. Please consult a private teacher, or Jennifer John if you have questions.

Please do not perform orchestra music. Only pieces chosen from the solo repertoire.

Violin: Suzuki, Book 4 and higher. Barber, Book 3 and up. Vivaldi and Bach, concertos, Bach, Six Sonatas and Partitas, Mozart Concertos, Kabalevsky, Concerto, in C. Bruch Concerto, Lalo, Symphonie, Espagnole.

Viola: Suzuki, Book 4 and higher, Barber, Solos for Young Violists, Book 3 and up, Telemann, Concerto, Hoffmeister, Concerto, Bach, Suites.

Cello: Bach, Suites, Suzuki, Book 4 and up, Vivaldi, Concertos, Bruch, Kol Nidre, Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody, Saint Saens, Concerto

Bass: Vivaldi, Sonatas, Cupuzzi, Concerto, Koussevitzky, Concerto, Saint Saens, "The Elephant and Tortoises."

What is the audition committee listening for?

1. Beautiful tone - the player has a mature sound for their age.

2. Rhythm - high degree of accuracy, little or no errors

3. Intonation - strong sense of pitch, accurate notes that are in-tune or close to in-tune

4. Articulation - student performs all articulations with mature style and accuracy

5. Direction of the music - student performs expressively, playing with dynamics and phrasing