Bass Audition

Prescreening Procedures

All Double Bass applicants (for either the Classical Program or the Orchestral Performance Program) are required to submit a video recording for prescreening purposes in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition in New York City. The recording must include all of the repertoire as listed below. Prescreening recordings must be uploaded directly to your application on Decision Desk. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality must be as good as possible.  

Prescreen Requirements


Major or minor scale (any key) in three octaves.

Two contrasting movements of a Baroque sonata: or development section of first movement of a standard concerto. (Examples: first page of Bottesini #2or first two pages of Koussevitzky or first page of Dittersdorf.)

One orchestral excerpt of applicant’s choice.


One movement of a Bach cello suite (any transposition) or one movement of a Bach Gamba Sonata.

First movement of a standard concerto (to end of development section).

One orchestral excerpt (choose from list below):
  • Beethoven Symphony #5 (Trio from movement 3 – without repeats)
  • Mozart Symphony  #40 (first or last movement: standard excerpts)
  • Strauss “Ein Heldenleben” (#9 to downbeat of #11)

Doctoral and Professional Studies

One complete movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza) or sonata.  

One movement of a Bach cello suite (any transposition).

One 20
th or 21st century work (one page or representative excerpt of the work).

Two significant orchestral excerpts from different periods (contrasting styles).
(Example: a Mozart or Beethoven Symphony & a Strauss or Schoenberg work).

Audition Procedures

Undergraduate auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, graduate are 15 minutes, and doctoral are 30 minutes. Each applicant chooses his/her first work and the faculty will choose a second and possibly third work from the audition repertoire list provided by the applicant. An accompanist is not provided for auditions. If applicants wish to bring their own accompanist, they may do so. Memorization of repertoire other than sonatas and orchestral excerpts is recommended, though not required.

Audition Requirements


  • Major or minor scale and arpeggio, three octaves, of applicant's choice.
  • 1. Two contrasting movements of a baroque sonata
  • 2. First movement of a standard concerto plus an additional contrasting movement or work
  • One etude on the level of Bille, Simandl, Storch-Hrabe, or Sturm.
  • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant's choice.


  • Three contrasting works of different style periods, which must include either a complete concerto or a sonata.
  • Three significant orchestral excerpts.

Orchestral Performance (Graduate Program)

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Doctoral and Professional Studies Audition Requirements

  • Four complete, contrasting recital works, including the twentieth or twenty-first century.
  • Three significant orchestral excerpts