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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.

Collaborative pianists are required only for DMA auditions in violin, viola and cello. It is highly recommended, however, that applicants to other programs in violin, viola and cello perform with a collaborative pianist, especially for required sonata repertoire. Applicants must arrange for their own pianists. The Admissions Office can provide a list of local collaborative pianists for hire.

Prescreening Recording

Prescreening recordings are required for all violin, viola, and cello applicants as well as all DMA and Artist Diploma applicants. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application. DMA prescreening repertoire requirements are the same as for the live audition. Artist Diploma requirements are found on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Double Bass, Guitar, and Harp applicants should not submit a prescreening recording unless they are applying to the DMA or Artist Diploma. 

Final Recorded Auditions (video only)

Applicants residing outside of North America 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. Given the competitive nature of our programs, applicants are strongly encouraged to present a live audition at NEC.

If a prescreening recording is required of your intended major or program, you must submit this as a part of the online application. If you pass the prescreening round, you will be invited to submit a final video audition recording in January. Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for live auditions. Full pieces, with accompaniment when appropriate, should be submitted, unless otherwise indicated. Final audition video recordings are due by February 1, but all other application and supporting materials, including prescreening if required, are due by December 1. No recording will be reviewed without a completed application.

Violin

Prescreening Recording - Undergraduate:

  1. Exposition from the first movement of a major concerto for violin and orchestra written between 1800 and 1945. (If you select the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, you must perform the fourth movement and cadenza in lieu of the first movement.)
  2. Two movements from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by J.S. Bach. (Please note that the Chaconne is considered one movement.)

Prescreening Recording - Graduate:

  1. Exposition from the first movement of a major concerto for violin and orchestra written between 1800 and 1945. (If you select the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, you must perform the fourth movement and cadenza in lieu of the first movement.)
  2. Two movements from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by J.S. Bach. (Please note that the Chaconne is considered one movement.)
  3. One Paganini Caprice.

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

  1. First movement of a major concerto for violin and orchestra written between 1800 and 1945.*
  2. Two movements from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by J.S. Bach.*
  3. One Paganini Caprice.*
  4. First movement of a sonata for violin and piano written by Beethoven, Mozart, or Schubert.

*Requirements 1, 2, and 3 should be performed from memory.

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

  1. Complete major concerto for violin and orchestra written between 1800 and 1945.*
  2. Complete unaccompanied work for violin by J.S. Bach, Ysaye, or Bartok.*
  3. Two Paganini Caprices.*
  4. Complete sonata for violin and piano.

*Requirements 1, 2, and 3 should be performed from memory.

Audition Dates

Viola

Prescreening Recording - Undergraduate:

  1. The Prelude from a Bach Cello Suite, or a movement from a Bach solo violin sonata or partita.
  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:

  1. The Prelude and any dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite, or two contrasting movements from a Bach solo violin sonata or partita.
  2. A major movement of a concerto demonstrating artistry and virtuosity.
  3. One complete sonata performed with piano.

Undergraduate Live Auditions:
Please consider the following to be 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, or two contrasting movements from a Bach solo violin sonata or partita.
  2. One movement from a major concerto.
  3. One movement from a sonata.

One or more of the chosen selections should be performed from memory.

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

  1. A complete Bach cello suite, violin partita, or sonata.*
  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.

*Requirements 1 and 2 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

Cello

Prescreening Recording - Undergraduate:

  1. A major movement of a concerto demonstrating both artistry and virtuosity.
  2. The Prelude and any dance movement from a Bach Cello Suite.

Prescreening Recording - Graduate:

  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. Two contrasting movements of a standard sonata (e.g. Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff). The sonata must be performed with piano.
  4. One of the following:   

·      A showpiece such as Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso, Popper Elfentanz, or Davidoff At the Fountain

·      An Italian sonata by Boccherini, Valentini or Locatelli

·      A Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice

DMA applicants should follow the full DMA audition guidelines for their prescreening.

Undergraduate Live Auditions:
Please consider the following to be 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, Popper Elfentanz, or Davidoff At the Fountain

·      An Italian sonata by Boccherini, Valentini or Locatelli

·      A Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice

*Requirements 1 and 2 should be performed from memory.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma Live Auditions:
Please consider the following to be 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, Popper Elfentanz, or Davidoff At the Fountain

·      An Italian sonata by Boccherini, Valentini or Locatelli

·      A Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice

  1. 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 is available from the Admissions Office.

*Requirements 1, 2, and 4 should be performed from memory.

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 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, Popper Elfentanz, or Davidoff At the Fountain

·      An Italian sonata by Boccherini, Valentini or Locatelli

·      A Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice

*Requirements 1, 2, and 5 should be performed from memory.

Audition Dates

Double Bass

Undergraduate:

  1. Two contrasting movements from the solo literature.
  2. An etude OR a movement from a Bach suite.
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts.

One or more of these chosen selections should be performed from memory.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a major concerto.*
  2. One movement from a Bach Cello Suite.*
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts.
  4. A short contemporary work.

*Requirements 1 and 2 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.

*Requirements 1 and 2 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:

  1. One etude
  2. Two pieces from the standard concert repertoire.
  3. The orchestral excerpt: Verdi La Forza del Destino

Graduate:

  1. One etude
  2. Two pieces from the standard concert repertoire.
  3. The orchestral excerpt: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Audition Dates


2015-09-15


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