Audition on Cello

To gain admission to the B.Mus. in Performance (Cello), a student must pass an entrance audition before a faculty jury of three, to be appointed by the chairperson. The audition will occur near the end of the second semester of college and must demonstrate the student’s ability to perform well challenging repertoire representing several historical periods and styles. A student wishing to perform an entrance audition must notify the chairperson in writing at least three weeks prior to the audition. Only after passing the entrance audition may the student declare as a major the B.Mus. in Performance (Cello). A prospective candidate for the B.Mus. in Performance (Cello) may declare a major in Music prior to the semesters stated above but will be listed as a candidate for the B.A. Music until he or she passes the audition. A student who does not pass the entrance audition in the second semester may have a second opportunity in the third semester.

Repertoire Requirements

During the four years of study at The College of Wooster toward the Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance, repertoire should be drawn from all of the main historical periods shown below and should be as musically and technically challenging as the works listed below. Repertoire for the entrance audition for the same degree should be from at least three of these historical periods and should be as challenging as some of the works listed below. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but merely to provide examples.


  • Dotzauer. 113 Etudes
  • Gruetzmacher. Technique of Cello Playing, Volume 1 and 2
  • Starker. An Organized Method of String Playing
  • Popper. High School of Cello Playing; Studies, Op. 76


  • Bach. Suites for Solo Cello
  • Bach. Gamba Sonatas
  • Vivaldi. Sonatas, Concerti
  • C.P.E. Bach. Concerto
  • Couperin. Pieces en Concert
  • Marcello. Sonatas
  • Eccles. Sonata


  • Beethoven. Sonatas
  • Boccherini. Concerto in Bb
  • Haydn. Concerto in C
  • Sammartini. Sonata in G major


  • Mendelssohn. Sonatas
  • Brahms. Sonatas
  • Schumann. Fantasy Pieces, Concerto
  • Faure. Elegie
  • Tchaikovsky. Rococo Variations
  • Lalo. Concerto
  • Elgar. Concerto
  • Saint-Saens. Concerto No. 1
  • Weber. Adagio and Rondo

20th and 21st Centuries

  • Shostakovich. Sonata
  • Barber. Sonata
  • Kabelevsky. Concerto
  • Lukas Foss. Capriccio
  • Debussy. Sonata
  • Webern. Drei Kleine St�cke

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Leonard Rose. Orchestral Excerpts from the Symphonic Repertoire
  • Nathan Stutch. Strauss Orchestral Excerpts
  • Other complete orchestral works


  • Four-octave scales and arpeggios
  • Three-octave harmonic thirds, sixths and octaves