Doctor of Musical Arts 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 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.

» A complete concerto (from memory) by: 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.


DMA auditions will be January 30 and February 8, 2017

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

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