Strings Audition Requirements

For entrance into the TCU School of Music as a music major and/or scholarship consideration, students are encouraged to audition in person before the TCU string faculty.

A prescreening video(s) is required for all applicants. These videos should be uploaded in the School of Music Admission Application.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings of the required audition repertoire except as noted for the Nordan Young Artist Award. Applicants for the general auditions will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

All auditions must be completed by February 19.

Learn more about the string program at TCU.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

(When selecting your general audition date, Dr. Elisabeth Adkins, TCU Professor of Violin, will not be available to hear live auditions on February 5.  We encourage you to select one of the alternate dates on your application.)

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Repertoire can be chosen from the planned live audition repertoire listed below, or it can include different selections.
  • It is not necessary to send complete concerto movements, although a significant portion (exposition, exposition/development, or exposition/cadenza, for example) is recommended.
  • For the other selections, contrast in styles is most helpful.

Audition Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, applicants will need to prepare repertoire as explained below and submit your complete application by December 1. Nordan auditions are invitation only and require a Live Audition on January 15, 2022.

Nordan Prescreening Repertoire

  • Repertoire can be chosen from the planned live audition repertoire listed below, or it can include different selections.
  • It is not necessary to send complete concerto movements, although a significant portion (exposition, exposition/development, or exposition/cadenza, for example) is recommended.
  • For the other selections, contrast in styles is most helpful.

Applicants not invited to Nordan are encouraged to audition on another date and will still receive scholarship consideration.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire

You will need to prepare repertoire chosen from:

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire, contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Audition Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, applicants will need to prepare repertoire as explained below and submit your complete application by December 1. Nordan auditions are invitation only and require a Live Audition on January 15, 2022.

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Repertoire can be chosen from the planned live audition repertoire listed below, or it can include different selections.
  • It is not necessary to send complete concerto movements, although a significant portion (exposition, exposition/development, or exposition/cadenza, for example) is recommended.
  • For the other selections, contrast in styles is most helpful.

Applicants not invited to Nordan are encouraged to audition on another date and will still receive scholarship consideration.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach.
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Audition Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach.
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, applicants will need to prepare repertoire as explained below and submit your complete application by December 1. Nordan auditions are invitation only and require a Live Audition on January 15, 2022.

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach.
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Applicants not invited to Nordan are encouraged to audition on another date and will still receive scholarship consideration.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach.
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Please contact Dr. Juliette Herlin at j.herlin@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.

Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • Two orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, applicants will need to prepare repertoire as explained below and submit your complete application by December 1. Nordan auditions are invitation only and require a Live Audition on January 15, 2022.

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Two pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).

Applicants not invited to Nordan are encouraged to audition on another date and will still receive scholarship consideration.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire

  • Three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani or Sor (Segovia edition).
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Audition Repertoire 

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani or Sor (Segovia edition).
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, applicants will need to prepare repertoire as explained below and submit your complete application by December 1. Nordan auditions are invitation only and require a Live Audition on January 15, 2022.

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).

Applicants not invited to Nordan are encouraged to audition on another date and will still receive scholarship consideration.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire:

  • Three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Please contact Prof. Chip Christ at g.christ@tcu.edu with questions about audition repertoire or substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Three solo works of differing styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie, Hasselmans and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance.
  • Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is encouraged but not required.
  • A major cadenza from orchestral repertoire (such as Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol or Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra) may be substituted for one of the solos.

Audition Repertoire

  • Three solo works of differing styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie, Hasselmans and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance.
  • Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is encouraged but not required.
  • A major cadenza from orchestral repertoire (such as Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol or Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra) may be substituted for one of the solos.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, applicants will need to prepare repertoire as explained below and submit your complete application by December 1. Nordan auditions are invitation only and require a Live Audition on January 15, 2022.

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Three contrasting pieces representative of standard advanced solo harp literature. (A concerto movement plus two solo pieces may be selected).
  • Music must be performed from memory.

Applicants not invited to Nordan are encouraged to audition on another date and will still receive scholarship consideration.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire:

  • Three contrasting pieces representative of standard advanced solo harp literature. (A concerto movement plus two solo pieces may be selected).
  • Music must be performed from memory.

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

For questions regarding specific harp audition repertoire contact Dr. Mallory McHenry at m.mchenry@tcu.edu.

 

For entrance into the TCU School of Music as a music major and/or scholarship consideration, students are encouraged to audition in person before the TCU string faculty.  A prescreening video(s) is required for all applicants. These videos should be uploaded in the School of Music Admission Application

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings of the required audition repertoire except when noted for the DMA auditions. MM applicants will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

All auditions must be completed by February 19.

Learn more about the string program at TCU.

Violin

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

(When selecting your general audition date, Dr. Elisabeth Adkins, TCU Professor of Violin, will not be available to hear live auditions on February 5.  We encourage you to select one of the alternate dates on your application.)

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Audition Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

(If selected for a live audition, Dr. Elisabeth Adkins, TCU Professor of Violin, will not be available to hear live auditions on February 3-4; the alternate date remaining will be February 17-18.)

Prescreening Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live Audition Repertoire

A recital program displaying a variety of styles and genres, including but not limited to:

  • 2 movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • 2 contrasting movements from a standard concerto
  • A movement from a sonata for violin and piano
  • Orchestral excerpts may be included

DMA Auditions require a live audition.

For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

 

Viola

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you are invited to the live audition round.

Prescreening Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices

Live Audition Repertoire

A recital program displaying a variety of styles and genres, including but not limited to:

  • A work for viola solo, such as by Bach, Hindemith, Reger, Uhl, etc.
  • A complete concerto
  • A caprice and/or a short show piece

DMA Auditions require a live audition.

Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you are invited to the live audition round.

Prescreening Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices

Live Audition Repertoire

A recital program displaying a variety of styles and genres, including but not limited to:

  • A work for viola solo, such as by Bach, Hindemith, Reger, Uhl, etc.
  • A complete concerto
  • A caprice and/or a short show piece

DMA Auditions require a live audition.

Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

 

Cello

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Audition Repertoire 

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Dr. Juliette Herlin at j.herlin@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you are invited to the live audition.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Live Audition Repertoire 

A program displaying a variety of styles and genres, including:

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

DMA Auditions require a live audition.

Please contact Dr. Juliette Herlin at j.herlin@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

 

Double Bass

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire
  • A double bass solo of your choice that reflects a diversity of style from the first selection

Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire
  • A double bass solo of your choice that reflects a diversity of style from the first selection
  • Three orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • A movement from the Bach cello suites.
  • Two orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • A double bass solo of your choice that reflects a diversity of style from the first selection.
  • Three orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

DMA Auditions require a live audition.

Please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

 

Guitar (MM)

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Audition Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Live auditions are recommended or via video if you cannot attend the live general audition dates. In the case of a video audition, you will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Prof. Chip Christ at g.christ@tcu.edu to request details about audition requirements.

 

Harp (MM)

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or Pierne’s Concertstuck.

Audition Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or Pierne’s Concertstuck

Live auditions are recommended or via video if you cannot attend the live general audition dates. In the case of a video audition, you will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For questions regarding specific harp audition repertoire contact Professor Mallory McHenry at m.mchenry@tcu.edu.

For entrance into the TCU School of Music as a music major and/or scholarship consideration, students are encouraged to audition in person before the TCU string faculty.  A prescreening video(s) is required for all applicants. These videos should be uploaded in the School of Music Admission Application

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings of the required audition repertoire. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

All auditions must be completed by February 19.

Learn more about the string program at TCU.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

(When selecting your general audition date, Dr. Elisabeth Adkins, TCU Professor of Violin, will not be available to hear live auditions on February 5.  We encourage you to select one of the alternate dates on your application.)

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Audition Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire, contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Audition Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Audition Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Dr. Juliette Herlin at j.herlin@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.

Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • A movement from the Bach cello suites or a virtuoso piece of your choice
  • Three orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, or Brouwerli

Audition Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, or Brouwerli

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Prof. Chip Christ at g.christ@tcu.edu to request details about audition requirements.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.li>
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegroor Pierne’s Concertstuck.

Audition Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.li>
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegroor Pierne’s Concertstuck.

Live auditions are recommended or via video if you cannot attend the live general audition dates. In the case of a video audition, you will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For questions regarding specific harp audition repertoire contact Professor Mallory McHenry at m.mchenry@tcu.edu.