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Entrance Standards, Viola

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To begin your studies at the 364 level in the Viola Studio at CWU you must demonstrate proficiency on your instrument in an audition or placement lesson based upon the guidelines below. Students not meeting these standard may be placed in the 164 or 264 level based upon the discretion of the auditioning faculty.



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and the man who thinks he can't are both right" 

- Henry Ford

Junior Level

To pass into the 364 level the student must:

  • Learn and memorize 3 octave major and minor scales in all keys at a fluent tempo. Learn and memorize the 3 octave arpeggio series (major, minor, vi, IV, iv, diminished 7, dominant 7) in all keys.
  • Study/Learn Kreutzer etudes 2–28 or similar etudes or exercises of equal or greater difficulty by Campangoli, Dont, Paganini, Rhode, Sevcik, Shradiek, etc.
  • A student entering the 364 level should be comfortable playing concert repertoire with technical accuracy (as defined by tempo, rhythm, intonation, articulation, and tone quality) and expressive maturity (as defined by phrasing, appropriate stylistic considerations, expressive imagination, projection, poise, and communicative power) such as the example below:
Viola and OrchestraSolo Viola or Viola and Piano
  • Bloch Suite Hebraique
  • Berlioz Harold in Italy
  • Bax Phantasy
  • Bowen Concerto
  • Britten Lachrymae
  • Bruch Romanze
  • Bruch Concerto for Viola and Clarinet
  • Hoffmeister Concerto in D
  • Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto
  • Mozart Sinfonia Concertante
  • Rolla Concerto in E-flat
  • Stamitz Concerto in D
  • Serly Rhapsodie on Folk Songs harmonized by Bartok
  • Bach Suites IV–VI
  • C.P.E. Bach Solfeggiett
  • Bax Sonata
  • Bax Legend
  • Bridge Two Pieces
  • Beach Sonata
  • Beethoven Notturno
  • Bowen Phantasy
  • Bowen Sonata No.1 & 2
  • Brahms Sonatensatz
  • any Brahms Sonata (Op. 120, No. 1 & 2, Op. 78 [transcribed]
  • Britten Lachrymae
  • Clarke Sonata
  • Clarke Morpheus
  • Enesco Concertpiece
  • Foote Sonata
  • Robert Fuchs Fantasiestucke
  • R. Fuchs Sonata
  • any Hindemith Sonata
  • Hummel Sonata in E-flat
  • Jacobi Fantasy
  • Kodaly Adagio
  • Martinu Sonata
  • Mendelssohn Sonata
  • Penderecki Cadenza for Solo Viola
  • Reger 3 Suites
  • Schubert Arpeggione
  • Schumann Marchenbuilder
  • Shostakovich Sonata
  • Stravinsky Elegie for Solo Viola
  • Telemann Fantasias 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 12
  • Vaughan-Williams Romance
  • Vieuxtemps Elegie
  • Vitali Ciaccona in g minor
  • Wilson Sonata
Examples of additional repertoire which exceed the minimum requirements to enter the 364 level:
  • Bartok Concerto
  • Bergsma Fantastic Variations on a Theme from Tristan
  • Bloch Suite (1919), Der Schwanendreher
  • Liebermann Sonata
  • Penderecki Concerto
  • Rochberg Sonata
  • Schnittke Concerto
  • Walton Concerto


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