Audition on String Bass

To gain admission to the B.Mus. in Music Performance (String Bass), 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 Music Performance (String Bass). A prospective candidate for the B.Mus. in Music Performance (String Bass) 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)

For entrance into the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Double Bass), the student should demonstrate:

1) An etude from Simandl, New Method for Double Bass II or similar

2) Two movements of a Baroque sonata comparable in difficulty to Eccles, H. Sonata in G minor

3) Two contrasting orchestral excerpts such as:

  • Britten. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
  • Verdi. Otello, bass soli
  • Beethoven. Symphony No. 5, Scherzo and Trio

The following list is representative of repertoire acceptable for study in the B.Mus. program. This list is not exhaustive but is provided to offer examples.


  • Bill�. New Method 263, 304
  • Kreutzer. 18 Studies for String Bass
  • Petracchi. Simplified Higher Technique for Double Bass
  • Simandl. New Method for Double Bass II
  • Simandl. Gradus ad Parnassum I & II


  • Bottesini. Concerto No. 2 in B minor
  • Dragonetti. Concerto in A major
  • Koussevitzky. Concerto in F# minor
  • Vanhal. Concerto in D major

Symphonic Repertoire

  • Beethoven. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Beethoven. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Beethoven. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
  • Berlioz. Symphonie Fantastique
  • Berlioz. Roman Carnival Overture
  • Brahms. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Brahms. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Brahms. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Mozart. Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385
  • Mozart. Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504
  • Mozart. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543
  • Mozart. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
  • Schumann. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61
  • Schumann. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97
  • Strauss. Death and Transfigurations; Don Juan; Ein Heldenleben
  • Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
  • Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Orchestra Solos

  • Ginastera. Variaciones Concertantes, Op. 23
  • Haydn. Symphony No. 31 in D major
  • Mahler. Symphony No. 1 in D major
  • Verdi. Otello