Cello


View cello audition requirements for the following ensembles:


SSE Audition Requirements for Cello

Scales and arpeggios

Students may use their music for all scales. Scales should be played in even quarter notes using separate bows, with arpeggios. Tempo is quarter note = 88.

Cello: C Major, G Major, and D Major (two octaves), Bb major (one octave), with arpeggios
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Solo Piece (played without accompaniment)

Students should prepare a solo piece from their polished repertoire. An example of the appropriate level solo for cello is Rigadoon (from Suzuki Bk. 1). Correct positioning of the instrument, correct bow hold (beginning bow hold is fine), steady tone, accuracy of pitch and rhythm are all fundamental elements of a strong audition.
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Sight Reading

Students will be asked to sight-read one or two short excerpts at the Serenade Strings level. The student’s knowledge of pitches (including accidentals) and rhythms (including eighth and sixteenth notes and rests) will be determined. A successful sight-reading audition at the Serenade Strings level will exhibit a developing level of understanding, not mastery.

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LSE Audition Requirements for Cello

Scales and arpeggios

Students may use their music for all scales. Scales should be played in even quarter notes using separate bows, with arpeggios. Tempo is quarter note = 88.

Cello: C, G, D, F Major (two octaves), Bb major (one octave), all with arpeggios
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Solo Piece (played without accompaniment)

Students should prepare a solo piece from their polished repertoire. If the student does not have a private teacher to help them choose a solo, an example of the appropriate level solo for cello is Witches’ Dance. Correct positioning of the instrument, correct bow hold, steady tone, are all fundamental elements of a strong audition. Shifting and vibrato are skills usually gained with the private instructor while students are members of this group. Accuracy of pitch and rhythm are vital.
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Required Etudes

Please prepare the required LSE Etude: LSE Cello Fall 2019

Sight Reading

Students will be asked to sight-read one or two examples at the LSE level.

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RYO Audition Requirements for Cello

Scales and arpeggios

All scales and arpeggios are to be MEMORIZED. Tempo should be ♩ = 100

Cello: C and D Major (three octaves), Bb and Eb (two octaves), all with arpeggios
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Solo Piece (played without accompaniment)

Students should prepare a solo piece from their polished repertoire of his/her choosing (played without accompaniment). If the student does not have a private teacher to help them choose a solo, the following solos are suggested: Cello – Bach, Gavotte in C minor (Suzuki Bk.3)
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Required Etudes

Please prepare the required RYO Etude: RYO Cello Fall 2019

Sight Reading

Students will be asked to sight-read one or two examples at the RYO level.

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AYO Audition Requirements for Cello

Scales and arpeggios

Students must have these scales and arpeggios memorized. Quarter Note = 100

Cello: C, D, Eb, F Major (three octaves); c and d melodic minor, all with arpeggios

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Solo Piece (played without accompaniment)

Students should prepare a solo piece from their polished repertoire.

Required Excerpt

Please prepare the required AYO Excerpt: AYO Cello Fall 2019

Sight Reading

Students will be asked to sight-read one or two pieces at the ASO level.

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