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Live Auditions at NEC

Live auditions at NEC are required for all String applicants living in North America, as well as all applicants to the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, DMA and Artist Diploma programs regardless of their country of residence.

Prescreening Recording

All undergraduate and graduate violin, viola, and violoncello applicants who wish to perform a live audition must submit a prescreening recording with the repertoire below. After reviewing our recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application at DecisionDesk.

Double Bass, Guitar and Harp applicants should not submit a prescreening recording unless they are applying to the DMA or Artist Diploma programs. DMA applicants to those instruments should follow the live audition repertoire requirements below in preparing their prescreening recordings. For Artist Diploma applicants, prescreening and audition requirements may be found in the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Accompanists

Accompanists are required only for DMA auditions in violin, viola and cello. Applicants to other programs may bring an accompanist if they wish but are not required to do so. Applicants must arrange for their own accompanists. The Office of Admission can be contacted for a list of local accompanists for hire.

Video Recorded Auditions

String applicants residing outside of the United States, Canada and Mexico who are not applying to the Artist Diploma, DMA, or Harvard/NEC dual degree programs may be considered for admission based on the submission of a final recorded audition. Recorded auditions must be video files and should include all movements of all live audition repertoire below.  After reviewing our recording guidelines, applicants should uploaded video recorded auditions to the NEC application website at DecisionDesk. Given the competitive nature of our program, we strongly recommend that applicants attend a live audition if possible.

Violin

Prescreening Recording:

  1. Exposition from the first movement of a major 19th or 20th century work for violin and orchestra. (Please note that if you select the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, you must perform the fourth movement and cadenza in lieu of the first movement in order to fulfill this requirement.)
  2. Two movements from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by J.S. Bach. (Please note that the Chaconne is considered one movement.)

Undergraduate Auditions:
Please consider the following to be repertoire guidelines rather than strict requirements; some flexibility in choice of repertoire is permitted.

  1. First movement of a major 19th or 20th century work for solo violin and orchestra. If you choose a shorter work, one in which all the movements total less than 15 minutes, you should prepare the entire piece.
  2. Two movements from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by J.S. Bach.
  3. One movement of a 19th century sonata for violin and piano.

    *Works 1 and 2 must be memorized.

Master of Music, Graduate Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts Auditions:
Please consider the following to be repertoire guidelines rather than strict requirements; some flexibility in choice of repertoire is permitted.

  1. An entire major work for solo violin and orchestra from the 19th or 20th century. (The work must be at least 15 minutes in length.)
  2. A complete unaccompanied sonata or partita from the 18th or 20th century.
  3. A complete sonata for violin and piano from the 19th century.
  4. One Paganini Caprice.

    *Works 1, 2, and 4 must be memorized.

Audition Dates

Viola

Prescreening Recording--Undergraduate:

  1. The Prelude from a Bach Cello Suite.
  2. One movement of a sonata (solo or with piano).
  3. One movement of a concerto. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

·      first movement with cadenza of the Stamitz D Major, Hoffmeister D Major, Rolla E-flat Major or Vanhal C Major

·      first or second movement of Walton

·      first or second and third movements of Bartok

·      any movement of Hindemith Der Schwanendreher

·      a substantial fast movement of any 20th or 21st-century concerto

Prescreening Recording--Graduate (including DMA):

  1. The Prelude and any dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite.
  2. A major movement of a concerto demonstrating artistry and virtuosity.
  3. One complete sonata performed with piano.

Undergraduate Auditions:
Please consider the following to be repertoire guidelines rather than strict requirements; some flexibility in choice of repertoire is permitted.

  1. The Prelude and any dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite.
  2. One movement from a major concerto.
  3. One movement from a sonata.

One or more of the chosen selections should be memorized.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma Auditions:
Please consider the following to be repertoire guidelines rather than strict requirements; some flexibility in choice of repertoire is permitted.

  1. A complete Bach suite. 
  2. A complete concerto.
  3. A complete sonata.
  4. A piece of the applicant's choosing.

One of the above should have been composed in the past 25 years. The concerto and unaccompanied work should be performed from memory.

Doctor of Musical Arts Auditions:

Four complete works of contrasting styles, one of which has been composed in the last 25 years. The concerto and unaccompanied work should be performed from memory.

Audition Dates

Violoncello

Prescreening Recording:

  1. A major movement of a concerto demonstrating both artistry and virtuosity.
  2. The Prelude and any dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite.
  3. (MM, GD, & DMA only) Two contrasting movements of a standard sonata (e.g. Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff). The sonata must be performed with piano.

Undergraduate Auditions:
Please consider the following to be repertoire guidelines rather than strict requirements; some flexibility in choice of repertoire is permitted.

  1. A major movement of a concerto demonstrating both artistry and virtuosity.
  2. The Prelude and any dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite.
  3. One of the following: A showpiece such as Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso or Davidoff At the Fountain; an Italian sonata by Boccherini, Valentini or Locatelli; or a Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice.

    *Works 1 and 2 must be memorized.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma Auditions:
Please consider the following to be repertoire guidelines rather than strict requirements; some flexibility in choice of repertoire is permitted.

  1. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
  2. A complete Bach Suite.
  3. A complete work written after 1940.
  4. One of the following: A showpiece such as Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso or Davidoff At the Fountain; an Italian sonata by Boccherini, Valentini or Locatelli; or a Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice.
  5. Optional: One movement of a standard sonata (e.g. Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff). If played, the sonata must be rehearsed and performed with a piano. A list of pianists to contact is available from the Admissions Office.

    *Works 1 and 2 must be memorized.

Doctor of Musical Arts Auditions:

  1. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
  2. A complete Bach Suite.
  3. One movement of a standard sonata (e.g. Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff). The sonata must be rehearsed and performed with piano. A list of pianists to contact is available from the Admissions Office.
  4. A 20th or 21st century work of major difficulty (e.g. Carter Sonata, Britten Solo Suite or Sonata, Poulenc Sonate, Hindemith or Kodaly solo sonatas).
  5. One of the following: A showpiece such as Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso or Davidoff At the Fountain; and Italian sonata by Boccherini, Valentini or Locatelli; or a Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice.

    *Works 1 and 2 must be performed from memory.

Audition Dates

Double Bass

Undergraduate:

  1. Two contrasting works or movements from the standard repertoire (e.g. movement(s) of unaccompanied Bach and/or other virtuosic solo piece).
  2. A movement from a sonata or concerto.
  3. Also, applicants should be prepared to play an etude.

    *One or more of these chosen selections should be memorized.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma:

  1. At least one movement of a major work from the concerto repertoire.
  2. One movement from an unaccompanied Bach Suite.
  3. A solo piece (applicant's choice).
  4. Standard orchestral excerpts of contrasting tempi and styles.

    *The concerto and unaccompanied work should be performed from memory.

Doctor of Musical Arts:

  1. At least one movement of a major work from the concerto repertoire.
  2. At least one movement from an unaccompanied Bach Suite.
  3. A solo piece (applicant's choice).
  4. Standard orchestral excerpts of contrasting tempi and styles.

    *Works 1 and 4 should be performed from memory.

Audition Dates

Guitar

Undergraduate & Graduate:

The NEC guitar department encourages candidates to play what they love and show some variety of style. All works should be performed from memory. Possible repertoire may include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. One (1) or more movement(s) from a major work by J.S. Bach (e.g. lute suites, violin sonatas and partitas, cello suites, etc.)
  2. First movement from an important 20th-century sonata in sonata form (e.g. Ponce, Turina, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Berkeley, Henze, Tippett, Brouwer).
  3. One (1) or more Etude(s) written for the guitar (e.g. Villa-Lobos, Sor, Barrios, Tarrega, Brouwer, Regondi); or a tremolo piece.

If you have questions about audition repertoire, you may contact Eliot Fisk or Jerome Mouffe via the NEC website.

Audition Dates

Harp

Undergraduate:

  • Prepare one (1) etude and two (2) pieces from the standard concert repertoire.
  • Prepare the following orchestral excerpt: Verdi La Forza del Destino

Graduate:

  • Prepare one (1) etude and two (2) pieces from the standard concert repertoire.
  • Prepare the following orchestral excerpt: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Audition Dates

 

2014-07-28


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