Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance

Paul Kantor, faculty
Cho-Liang Lin, faculty
Kathleen Winkler, faculty


Online Preliminary Submission by December 1, 2016

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Preliminary audition is by video submission

» Two contrasting movements of Bach solo sonata or partita

» One movement of a concerto

» One virtuoso work

Required graduate live audition repertoire

The repertoire for the audition must include one work from each of the following.

» Bach: Any of the six solo sonatas and partitas (complete) from memory.

» A concerto (from memory) by one of the following:
Bartok #2; Beethoven; Berg; Bernstein: Serenade; Brahms; Britten; Bruch - Scottish Fantasy; Dvorak; Elgar; Glazunov; Korngold; Lalo; Mendelssohn; Nielsen; Paganini #1; Prokofiev #1 or #2; Shostakovich #1; Sibelius; Stravinsky; Tchaikovsky; Walton.

» One Mozart or Haydn concerto (from memory).

» A work for violin unaccompanied or with piano composed after 1950. (If longer than 10 minutes, a representative 10-minute portion is sufficient.) Memorization is not required for this work.

» A virtuoso work by one of the following (from memory):
1. Bazzini 2. Ernst 3. Paganini 4. Sarasate 5. Vieuxtemps 6. Wieniawski 7. Ysa├┐e

With the exception of category 1, the complete program must be performed with piano, where applicable. 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 time. 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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