CWU Department of Music
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Admission Audition Requirements

For New Violin Students

In order to study Violin at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. This step is required to complete your acceptance into the CWU Department of Music program. This audition gives us an opportunity to hear the level you have achieved in your musical skills and it gives you the opportunity to discuss your development with collegiate instructors. Performance entrance standards may be found at the bottom of the page. For more details about the admissions process pleas visit our Music Program Auditions & Admissions page.

For Violin Students Pursuing a Performance Degree
If you would like to audition for admission to the BM in Performance, we would like you to come prepared to complete the requirements section below. We recommend you select a solo that best demonstrates your current skills. It is desirable to choose a piece that is competitive at the district or (preferably) state contest level, emphasizing both musical and technical capabilities. If you have any questions about audition repertoire, please e-mail Carrie Rehkopf or phone 509-963-1216.


  • At least one major and minor three-octave scale, legato and sautille
  • One standard etude (e.g. Kreutzer, Dont, Campagnoli, Paganini)
  • One movement of solo Bach
  • One movement of a standard (non-student) concerto or concert-piece, such as the following, or an equivalent work:
    • Barber, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Lalo, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens

For Violin Students Pursuing a Music Ed. or Composition Degree
In general, there is no difference in the expectations of performance level for any music major, but those who wish to major in music education, but may feel under-prepared or insecure about their current performance skills, may choose a piece of music that demonstrates either musical or technical skills.


  • One 3-octave scale.
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concert piece that demonstrates highest level of technical and musical achievement on their instrument.

Admissions Audition Registration

Before you can audition you must register for an audition time. Please visit our Music Admission & Audition Registration page for further information. 

Ensemble Audition Requirements

For New and Returning Violin Students wishing to play in a large ensemble. Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band auditions generally take place during the first week of each new quarter. Fall auditions have specific materials for all who intend to play in a large ensemble. For the schedule, and further details, please visit our Ensemble Auditions page. Auditions for Winter and/or Spring will be announced as needed. Check our Audition Excerpts page for specific violin excerpts.

  • Entrance Standards, Violin

    To begin your studies at the 364 level in the Violin 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.

    "The man who thinks he can
    and the man who thinks he can't are both right"
    - Henry Ford

    Junior level

    To pass into the 364 level, the student should demonstrate Minimum competencies:

    • consistent solid (non-adjusting) intonation
    • a fluid bow technique, with active fingers and relaxed shoulder
    • free and varied tone production
    • rhythmic stability and accuracy
    • collaborative skills


    Specific Violin Standards for Performance and Non-Performance Degrees


    • Non-performance
      all three-octave arpeggios (Flesch) Scales in thirds/fourths, octaves in at least these keys: G & A
    • Performance
      all 3 octave scales and arpeggios; scales in thirds/ fourths, octaves in at least these keys: G, Ab, A, Bb, C; tenths in D and A


    • Non-performance
      Kreutzer up to 34
    • Performance
      completed Kreutzer


    • Non-performance
      two contrasting movements of solo Bach
    • Performance
      at least one complete Bach Sonata or Partita, memorized

    Sonatas (complete sonata, with pianist)

    • Non-performance
      Beethoven 1, 2, 5 or 8, Ives 4
    • Performance
      Brahms A, Franck, Beethoven 7 or 9


    • Non-performance
      one of the outer movements
    • Performance
      two or three contrasting movements of the following concerti:
      • Bruch
      • Mendelssohn
      • Barber
      • Saint-Saens 3
      • Wieniawski 2
      • Lalo