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SMTD Graduate String Requirements & Dates

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Pre-screening Requirements

Audition and Application Deadline Dates

 

Pre-screening Requirements

Applicants to MM or SM programs must upload by December 1 an unedited video recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable. Please create separate tracks for each piece.

Upon a favorable evaluation of this video recording, your resume, repertoire list, and collegiate transcripts, an audition may be scheduled.

Current U-M students applying to the MM/SM programs are exempt from pre-screening and should contact the Auditions Coordinator (music.auditions@umich.edu) to obtain a pre-screening waiver. The DecisionDesk artistic profile is still required.

 

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Audition Requirements: Master of Music in Performance & Specialist in Music in Performance

General School of Music, Theatre & Dance graduate audition and interview information

Accompanists are neither required nor provided for string auditions.

Cello

Prepare an étude representing your current level of technical development, two contrasting movements from one of the Bach unaccompanied suites, and an allegro movement from the standard cello concerto literature.

The Bach and the concerto should be played from memory.

Chamber Music

Audition on your major instrument following the guidelines for that instrument.

Double Bass

Prepare an étude representing your current level of technical development, two solo pieces or movements in contrasting styles and tempi, and a few minutes of excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

One of the works or movements should be played from memory.

Guitar

We do not offer a degree in classical guitar performance. It is possible for jazz guitar to serve as a principal instrument within a Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation degree program. Jazz guitar audition requirements are listed with the Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation department audition information.

Harp

Prepare four octaves of ascending and descending arpeggios in two keys, alternating hands; and four octaves of a scale, hands together (one key); one etude; one orchestral excerpt from standard audition repertoire; and two advanced works of contrasting style/time period.

All solos are to be performed from memory.

Viola

Prepare a movement of a standard sonata (Brahms, Schubert, Clarke); two contrasting movements of a Bach sonata, partita, or unaccompanied suite; and a movement from a 20th century viola concerto.

The concerto movement and the Bach movements should be performed from memory.

Violin

Prepare two contrasting movements of a concerto, two contrasting movements of a Bach sonata or partita, a Paganini caprice of choice, and an additional piece of choice from the 20th century. Sight reading may be required.

All solo repertoire should be performed from memory.

cello violin & piano

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