Artist Diploma in Viola Performance

James Dunham, faculty
Ivo-Jan Van Der Werff, faculty

Online Preliminary Submission by December 1, 2017

The green icon labeled "Preliminary Dropbox" at the bottom of this page will lead you to the Rice University portal for Acceptd, an online repository for preliminary audition materials. There is a $24 fee to use this service.

Required preliminary submission is by video

  • two contrasting movements from a Bach solo cello suite or violin sonata or partita
  • one movement from a major concerto
  • one movement from a sonata

If you have not heard from us by January 5, 2018, please email us.

Required graduate live audition repertoire

The applicant should present a program of 60-70 minutes in duration, including one work from each of the four categories below. one piece must be written after 1970.

  • Bach (from memory) any of the six cello suites or any of the violin solo sonatas or partitas.
  • Two complete concerti (from memory) by Stamitz or Hoffmeister and one from the following list: Bartok; Hindemith: Der Schwanendrehrer; Walton; Piston; Schnittke; Harbison; Penderecki or work of similar importance
  • A substantial work for viola and piano such as Brahms, Clarke, Hindemith, Rochberg, Shostakovich, Schumann, Vieuxtemps or Bax
  • An unaccompanied work such as Hindemith, Op. 25 #1, Op. 11 #5, Reger, or a showpiece such as the ones included in the Primrose collection

For works that require piano accompaniment, the Shepherd School will provide a pianist and limited rehearsal time if requested. If the Shepherd School is to provide the pianist, all piano parts must be made available three weeks before the scheduled audition date. The applicant must be prepared to perform all chosen works in their entirety. However, the jury may decide to hear only certain portions.

Live auditions will be held on February 12 and 13, 2018

Any questions regarding your application may be directed to Phyllis Smith.


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