Repertoire Requirements for the Young Performers Program

Important: Recordings do not have to be from public performances; sound and picture quality are of greater importance. You must submit at least one video file representing the repertoire requirements listed below. The remaining repertoire may be distributed between audio and video files as you see fit.

Each piece must be performed in a single, unedited take and submitted as a separate file and clearly labeled with the composer’s name, title of work, and movement (if applicable). It is not necessary to submit a professionally produced recording, but the sound quality should be very good. For video recordings, applicants should make sure that proper lighting is used and that the camera shows full range of movement and use of instrument.

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Ages 13–18:

Strings (violin, viola, cello): Three selections including a movement of solo Bach, first or last movement of a Classical-period sonata (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven recommended), and a work or movement of contrasting style that demonstrates instrumental facility. Piano accompaniment must be provided for works where it is required. Violists may substitute a sonata of their choice for the Classical-period sonata. Total recording time should be at least fifteen minutes.

Piano: Three selections of contrasting styles, one of which must come from a Romantic-period composer, another from a Classical-period composer, and a third of the applicant’s choice. Total recording time should be at least twenty minutes.

Ages 9–12:

Strings (violin, viola, cello): Two selections of contrasting styles, one of which demonstrates instrumental facility. At least one of the selections must be performed with piano accompaniment. Total recording time should be at least ten minutes.

Piano: Two selections of contrasting styles, one of which demonstrates instrumental facility. Total recording time should be at least ten minutes.

Additional Requirements for Young Performers Program Live Auditions:

The repertoire you select for the live audition must adhere to the same guidelines as above. Note that your selections can be, but do not have to be the same; however, you must fulfill the aforementioned requirements.

Applicants who advance to the live audition will be asked to prepare an additional short selection from the standard chamber music repertoire. This selection will be provided once you are notified about your live audition.