Audition Repertory for Cello
Prescreening Requirement: Cello applicants to all degree and diploma programs who wish to audition in Boston must first submit a prescreening video recording following the repertory guidelines below no later than December 2. The repertory guidelines for prescreening and for the live audition are the same. Physical recordings sent in the mail are not acceptable. If you plan to audition by recording only, please use our DecisionDesk portal to submit your final audition electronically.
An accompanist is provided for all cello auditions in Boston. Applicants must bring a bound piano score (not single-page photo copies) to the audition. Accompanists are not provided at regional auditions.
Applicants should prepare at least two solo works, one from memory. We suggest one movement of solo Bach and one movement of a standard concerto or sonata. For the live audition only (not prescreening), each applicant also should be prepared to play an étude or study and three-octave scales and arpeggios. Sight-reading may be requested in the audition.
MM & Performance Diploma
Applicants should prepare one movement from each of the following: an unaccompanied Bach suite, a standard concerto, and a standard sonata with piano (preferably from a different style period). We strongly suggest memorization for the Bach and the concerto.
DMA & Artist Diploma
Applicants should prepare a complete Bach suite, a complete standard concerto, and a standard sonata with piano (preferably from a different style period). We strongly suggest memorization for the Bach and the concerto.