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Audition Requirements

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Baroque flute

  1. One movement from a sonata by Bach
  2. One fantasia for solo flute of G.P. Telemann
  3. A prelude from one of the solo suites of J. Hotteterre
  4. A movement from a late 18th-century sonata (past 1750)

Baroque Lute

Three contrasting solo movements by different composers, including:   

  1. One movement by Silvius Leopold Weiss.
  2. One movement in rococo/early classical style (e.g. Hagen, Straube, Falkenhagen).
  3. One movement in either the French "stil brisé" (e.g., Gaultier, Gallot, Mouton, Bittner) or the German late-seventeenth century (e.g. Reusner Jr.) style.

Baroque violin

  1. One movement from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita or a Telemann fantasy
  2. Any solo work by a 17th-century composer
  3. Two contrasting movements from an 18th-century sonata

Baroque viola

  1. Two movements of unaccompanied Bach, either from the violin sonatas and partitas, or from the cello suites
  2. Two contrasting movements from an 18th-century sonata

Baroque cello

  1. Two movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite
  2. Two contrasting movements from an 18th-century sonata


  1. Requirements follow those of the MM in Voice, except that four or five of the required ten selections must be written before 1800.  Voice requirements for MM can be found here.

Viola da gamba

  1. One ricercar from Diego Ortiz: Tratado de Glosas
  2. One prolusio from Christopher Simpson: The Division Viol (Part III)
  3. Two contrasting movements from an Abel sonata or similar work


  1. A work by J.S. Bach
  2. A work by a French Baroque composer
  3. A work from the 17th century
  4. A work of the applicant's choice

Renaissance Lute

  1. A work by John Dowland
  2. A work by Francesco da Milano
  3. A work of the applicant's choice


  1. A sonata by Handel or Telemann
  2. A theme and two variations by van Eyck
  3. Two movements from a French Baroque suite
  4. A work of the applicant's choice


Prepare three contrasting solo movements from Italian and French sources, such as Visée, Hurel, Piccinini, Castaldi and Kapsberger. The pieces should include either a multi-section Toccata by an Italian composer or an unmeasured prelude by a French compos.  Theorbo applicants should report in advance any progress they have made in learning to play continuo on the instrument.


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