Oklahoma State University

String Area Audition Information

 

Students planning to pursue music as a major must audition successfully for the string faculty in order to be admitted to the music program.  In addition, you must apply to OSU College of Arts and Sciences for admission.  Auditions take place in February each year and qualify you for scholarship consideration, as well as admittance to the music degree program.  Please see the audition criteria below for each studio and instrument.

 

For non-major string players interested in performing with the OSU Symphony Orchestra and who want to be considered for a music scholarship, the audition will consist of two contrasting pieces of your choice. These auditions also take place during February.  Orchestra seating auditions for all string students take place at the beginning of the fall semester.  Non-music major string students do not have to take a scholarship audition in order to participate in orchestra, but can simply audition at the start of the fall semester.  Wind and percussion auditions for orchestra membership are held at the beginning of the fall semester. 

 

All string students who audition in February will be considered for a scholarship, regardless of your intended major. To register for an audition, click here.

 

Prospective String Gradaute Students who are interested in auditioning for the Patti Johnson Wilson Graduate Fellowships in String Orchestral Performance should click here for program specific audition requirements.

 

 

Audition Dates

Monday, January 30, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017: *OSU String Competition
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Please contact Dr. Thomas Dickey (thomas.dickey@okstate.edu) to schedule an audition date and time.
 *OSU String Competition entrants may elect to use their competition performance as an audition for the undergraduate OSU String Program.

Shadow an OSU String Player!
Curious about what life is like as a string player at OSU?  Come spend a day attending classes and rehearsals with some of our current students.  You will meet other prospective students, sit in on an orchestra rehearsal, attend a lesson and get to know the OSU string family.  Contact Dr. Thomas Dickey (thomas.dickey@okstate.edu)  to set up a visit.

 

Learn more about the OSU String Area.

 

 

Violin

Graduate StudentKatherine

    • Two contrasting movements of a Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006) by J. S. Bach
    • The first movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza[s], if extant)
    • A piece of your choice
    • Some portion of the audition must be played from memory.

 

Examples of Representative Concerti, Graduate Level

    • Concerto No. 2 - Bela Bartok
    • Concerto in D - Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Concerto - Alban Berg
    • Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 - Johannes Brahms
    • Concerti Nos. 1 or 2 - Sergei Prokofiev
    • Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6 - Niccolo Paganini
    • Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 - Jean Sibelius
    • Concerto in D Major - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Other works are acceptable.  Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark to confirm.

 

Undergraduate Major or Minor (Performance Major or Music Education Major)

    • The first movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza, if extant)
    • Two contrasting movements of a Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006) by J. S. Bach

 

Examples of Standard Concerti, Undergraduate Level

    • Concerto No. 1 in G Minor - Max Bruch
    • Concerto, Op. 14 - Samuel Barber
    • Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
    • Concerti Nos. 3, 4, or 5 - W. A. Mozart
    • Concerti Nos. 4 or 5 - Henri Vieuxtemps
    • Concerto No. 2 in D Minor - Henryk Wieniawski
    • Other works are also acceptable.  Please email Dr. Talbott-Clark to confirm.

 

Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music, BA in Music Business OR Non-Music Major (applying for a merit-based scholarship)

    • Two contrasting pieces of your choice

 

 

Viola

Graduate StudentEvan Cooper

    • Two contrasting movements from a Suite for Solo Viola (BWV 1007-1012), by J.S. Bach
    • The first movement of a standard viola concerto (with cadenza, if extant)
    • A piece of your choice
    • Some portion of the audition must be played from memory.

 

Examples of Representative Concerti, Graduate Level

    • Concerto - Bela Bartok
    • Der Swanendreher - Paul Hindemith
    • Concerto - William Walton
    • Other works are also acceptable.  Please email Dr. Laura Talbott-Clark to confirm.

 

Undergraduate Major or Minor

    • Two contrasting movements from a Suite for Solo Viola (BWV 1007-1012) by J.S. Bach
    • The first movement from a standard viola concerto (including cadenza, if extant)

 

Examples of Standard Concerti, Undergraduate Level

    • Concerto - Ivan Handoshkin
    • Concerto in B Minor - Handel-Casadesus
    • Concerto in D - Franz Anton Hoffmeister
    • Concerto in D, Op. 1 - Anton Stamitz
    • Concerto in C Minor - J.C. Bach/Casadesus
    • Other works are also acceptable.  Please email Dr. Laura Talbott-Clark to confirm.

 

Undergraduate Non-Major

    • Two contrasting pieces of your choice

 

 

Cello

 

Graduate Student

    • A movement of a standard concerto including the cadenza if applicable
    • The prelude and one additional movement from the six Bach suites
    • One Popper etude of the applicant's choosing

 

Undergraduate Student

    • A movement of a standard concerto including the cadenza if applicable
    • Two contrasting movements from he six Bach suites
    • One Popper etude of the applicant's choosing

    

Undergraduate Non-Major

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice

 

Bass

 

Graduate StudentGracie Ibemere

    • The first movement of a standard concerto, such as Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Vanhal, to be played from memory
    • One movement from the Bach Cello Suites to be played from memory
    • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard orchestral literature

 

Undergraduate Student

    • The first movement of a standard concerto, such as Capuzzi, Dragonetti, or similar pieces OR 2 contrasting movements of a baroque sonata, such as Eccles, Marcello, or Bach
    • All major and minor scales in 2 octaves
    • Orchestral excerpt: Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 3 Trio (mm. 140-218)