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Bachelor's, Master's, or Diploma in Strings [Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Viola, Violin] (BM, MM or Diploma)

The String Performance Program prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Master's, Diploma

Chamber music and ensemble studies are integrated into the curriculum, giving students regular opportunities to collaborate with students and faculty of other instruments.

Richard Hirschl
, Head of Strings Program and Artist Faculty of Cello

What Differentiates Us

Location

Location

For students who are looking for an intensive music conservatory experience paired with the rich musical and cultural experiences provided by living in a major city, the CCPA String Program will prepare help prepare students for a successful career in music. CCPA's emphasis on entrepreneurial activities also prepares students for multiple career opportunities after graduation.

Faculty

Faculty

The String faculty at CCPA is comprised of passionate teachers and performers who can be seen/heard on stages around the world, including here in Chicago with organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

  • Study and performance of standard repertory encompassing all stylistic periods
  • Systematic development of technical skills
  • Development of collaborative and practical skills

More Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

Chamber music, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra and opera orchestra

Testimonials

"At the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Music Conservatory students are given day-to-day chances to work with top-tier faculty members who belong to the finest ensembles in the world. With an average studio size of four, students receive individual attention and unique chances to harbor professional connections and establish themselves in the heart of the Chicago arts scene."
Richard Hirschl
Head of Strings Program and Artist Faculty, Cello, Roosevelt University
Admission

String Audition Requirements

For violin, viola, cello, and double bass, all repertoire composed unaccompanied must be played by memory. A score may be used for etudes or orchestral excerpts. It is strongly suggested that any repertoire composed with an accompaniment be performed with a piano accompaniment, but it is not required. The CCPA will not provide an accompanist, but applicants may bring their own if they wish.

Violin

  • Undergraduate (BM): One etude or caprice; one movement of a Bach Partita or Sonata for solo violin; a fast movement of a concerto.
  • Graduate (MM): A caprice or short virtuoso piece; two movements of a Bach Partita or Sonata for solo violin; a fast movement of a concerto.
  • Performance Diploma: A Paganini caprice; a Bach fuga or chaconne; a complete concerto with cadenza from one of the following: Bartok (#2), Berg, Brahms, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev (#1 or 2), Shostakovich (#1), Sibelius or Tchaikovsky.

Viola

  • Undergraduate (BM): An etude; one movement of an unaccompanied Bach piece; a fast movement of a concerto.
  • Graduate (MM): A fast movement of any major 20th-century viola concerto; two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach piece; one other piece of the candidate’s choice.
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works including a complete sonata or concerto.  If any composition is composed with accompaniment, the audition must be played with piano accompaniment.  At least two stylistic periods must be represented.

Cello

  • Undergraduate (BM) / Graduate (MM): Two contrasting movements of the same Bach Suite; a Popper Etude; the fast movement of a concerto such as the Dvorak, Lalo, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante (or work of similar difficulty).
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works including a complete sonata or concerto.  If any composition is composed with accompaniment, the audition must be played with piano accompaniment.  At least two stylistic periods must be represented.

Double Bass

  • Undergraduate (BM) and Graduate (MM): Two solo pieces of contrasting style, preferably including a movement of unaccompanied Bach and a fast movement from a concerto or a work of similar difficulty. Two standard excerpts representing two different composers selected from the following list: Mozart: Symphony No. 35, movement 1 or 4; Mozart: Symphony No. 40, movement 1 or 4; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, movement 3; Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, movement 4; Brahms: Symphony No. 1, movement 1 or 4; Brahms: Symphony No. 2, movement 1 or 4; Strauss: Don Juan; Strauss: Ein Heldenleben. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three majors works with piano accompaniment, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented.
  • All Orchestral Studies Applicants: First movement of a standard bass concerto, one movement from a Bach Cello Suite and one standard orchestral excerpt from each of the following composers:
    • Beethoven: Symphony 3, 5, 7, or 9
    • Mozart: Symphony 35, 39, or 40; or any opera
    • Richard Strauss: Any tone poem or opera

Harp

  • Undergraduate:
    • Two of the following solo pieces or works of comparable difficulty:
      • Prokofiev: Prelude in C
      • Dussek: Sonata (Zabaleta arr.)
      • Pescetti: Sonata in C minor
    • Two of the following cadenzas:
      • Nutcracker, "Waltz of the Flowers"
      • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Español
      • Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
      • Ravel: Cadenza from Piano Concerto in G
  • Graduate:
    • One of the following works:
      • Handel: Concerto in B-flat
      • Debussy: Danses Sacres et Profanes
      • Ravel: Introduction et Allegro
      • Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299
    • Two of the following excerpts:
      • Donizetti: Solo and cadenza (in D major) from Lucia di Lammermoor
      • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
      • Ravel: Cadenza from Tzigane
      • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Español
      • Tchaikovsky: Cadenzas from Swan Lake
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: All five graduate excerpts listed above; a complete sonata or concerto
  • Performance DiplomaThree major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented.

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