Welcome! Please view this audition video and carefully read the instructions below.
Example of a preliminary audition to be submitted.
Audition Requirements for Strings Chamber Music: 2022-23
Application Window: December 1, 2021-Jan. 20, 2022
In Person Auditions:
Feb. 26-March12, 2022 (specific times TBA)
Results-March 28, 2022
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.
https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/ (Greenville County School district)
https://parents.gcsbackpack.com/signin.aspx. (Greenville public schools, Backpack parent account)
https://gcsbackpack.com/signin.aspx (Greenville public schools, student Backpack account)
Students will submit a Pre-screen video via a Google Form emailed to each student by Jennifer John. The Google Form will be sent to applicants at the close of applications. See Below for Pre-screen requirements.
Pre-screening and audition information will be coming soon.
A three octave scale of your choice. (Bass - two octave)
One movement of a solo piece, sonata, or concerto.
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).
Students will also take a short theory placement exam.
Make sure you say your name and instrument clearly into the video and say the name of the pieces that you will be performing
Make sure that the background is appropriate and professional
Face the camera so that the committee can see your bow arm, posture and how you support your instrument.
Make sure the camera is not above, or below your face
For violin and viola, stand to make the video and film from the knee-up
Cellos and basses, in sitting position film from the knee up so that your bow, playing hand and face can be seen in the video.
When speaking it is helpful to be closer to the camera
When playing, it is helpful to be further from the camera
You will show up the best if you record in a well-lit area of a room, with the lighting placed in front of the camera
Use a good quality microphone if possible
Check the sound and video quality before you send in the video
Please do not upload more than one video
Record in a quiet place.
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
What types of pieces should I perform? (examples only)
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, KolNidre, Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody, Saint Saens, Concerto
Bass: Vivaldi, Sonatas, Cupuzzi, Concerto, Koussevitzky, Concerto, Saint Saens, "The Elephant and Tortoises."