Audition on Violin

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

The entrance audition for the degree Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Violin) shall consist of the following repertoire to be performed from memory:

  1. the first movement of Mozart, Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218; Mozart, Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, Haydn, Concerto in C Major, H. 7a/1; Viotti, Concerto No. 22 in A Minor, G97; or the first movement of any other Classical concerto of comparable or greater difficulty;
  2. the first or last movement of Bruch, Concerto No. 1 G Minor, Op. 26; Lalo, Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21; Saint-Saens, Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61; Mendelssohn, Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64; Barber, Concerto, Op. 14; or the first or last movement of any other Romantic or Twentieth-Century concerto of comparable or greater difficulty; and
  3. two movements (one slow, one fast) from the unaccompanied sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach, BWV 1001-1006.

During the four years of study at Wooster candidates for the B. Mus. in Music Performance (Violin) are expected to acquire sufficiently professional intonation, dexterity, and control and variety of tone and articulation; strong ability to craft artistic phrases and project line and other formal relationships; and musical sensitivity and understanding sufficient to distinguish with the instrument between various styles of music in order that the junior and senior recitals will consist of advanced performances of

  1. a complete unaccompanied sonata or partita by Bach,
  2. a complete Classical sonata,
  3. a complete Romantic sonata,
  4. a complete Romantic or Twentieth-Century concerto,
  5. a virtuoso showpiece,
  6. a substantial work from the first half of the twentieth century, and
  7. a substantial work composed after 1950.