Pinchas Zukerman Program Audition

Prescreening Procedures

Violin and Viola applicants to the Zukerman Program must 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 quality must be as good as possible. 

Audition Procedures

All applicants who pass the prescreening round will then be required to prepare and play the repertoire below for the audition. Ms. Kopec will be present at the auditions in New York City, which will serve as the preliminary review for the Zukerman Program.
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Recorded Video Requirements for Review by Mr. Zukerman

Applicants who are successful at the preliminary audition will then be invited by the Office of Admissions to submit a digital  or a DVD of the Zukerman Program requirements listed below for review by Mr. Zukerman.
Please note: Violin and Viola applicants who are not chosen for the Zukerman Program will be considered for the Classical Program.

Undergraduate and Graduate

Violin
  • Bach unaccompanied sonata (1st and 2nd movement
  • First movement of one of the following concert (2 movements are required for graduate applicants):
    Vieuxtemps V
    Lalo Symphonie Espagnole
    Paganini
    Dvorak
    Tchaikovsky
    Sibelius
    Bartok
    Brahms
    Beethoven
  • A virtuoso concert piece from the Romantic period by composers such as Paganini, Sarasate, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, or Ysaÿe
Viola
  • Brahms Sonata in F minor, Brahms Sonata in E-flat Major, or Schubert "Arpeggione" (1st and 2nd movement)
  • Bach cello suite (two contrasting movements)
  • First movements of one of the following (2 movements are required for graduate applicants):
    Bartok Viola Concerto
    Walton Viola Concerto
    Bloch Viola Suite
    Hindemith Der Schwanendreher
    Berlioz Harold in Italy

Doctoral and Professional Studies

Applicants for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree or Professional Studies Certificate must prepare a full-length recital of works from contrasting style periods.