Artist Diploma in Viola Performance

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


Online Preliminary Submission by December 1, 2016
The preliminary submission is by video and the repertoire should include two contrasting movements of Bach, one movement from a major concerto, and one movement of a sonata.

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 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 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 January 30 and February 8, 2017

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

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