Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Scales and Arpeggios (required for both entrance and scholarship auditions)

  • For all string instrumentsThe Music Department curriculum is nationally accredited and emphasizes creativity, individual student learning and vibrant performance opportunities fostered by highly experienced and accessible faculty.
    • 2 octave major and minor scales, ascending and descending, up to and including 3 flats and sharps.
    • Scholarship applicants should strive for 3 octave major and minor scales when applicable.

Recommended Etudes and Solos

Literature choice for all auditions is not limited to the repertoire listed below, but should be at a comparable level.

* Suggested scholarship audition literature.


  • Etudes
    • Wohlfahrt, Foundation Studies Book II
    • Mazas, Op 36 No. 1
    • Kayser Op. 20
    • Don't Op 37, 38
  • Solos
    • Handel: Six Sonatas
    • Corelli: La Folia
    • Haydn: Concerto No. 2
    • Bach: Concerto No. 1 in a minor
    • Vivaldi: Concerto(s) in a minor or g minor
    • Any Mozart concerto


  • Etudes
    • Wohlfahrt, Foundation Studies Book II
    • Mazas Op. 36, No. 1
    • Don't Op 37, 38
    • Mogill Scales System
  • Solos
    • Handel/Casadesus Concerto in b minor, 1st movement
    • Glazunov: Elegy
    • Marais: Tema con Variazioni
    • J.S. Bach Cello Suite I, II - Preludes: arranged for Viola
    • J.S. Bach Cello Suite III, Bourreé I or II


  • Etudes
    • Chosen from Popper 40 Etudes op. 73
  • Solos
    • Bruch: Kol Nidrei
    • Haydn: CM Concerto (any movement)
    • Saint-Saëns: Concerto #1 (any movement)
    • Bach: two contrasting movements from any of the solo Suites


  • Etudes
    • Any etude from Simandl Book I, Storch-Hrabe Book I, or Oxford Studies Book I.
  • Solos - Two contrasting movements from any of the following
    • Capuzzi Concerto for Bass
      Dragonetti Concerto for Bass
      Marcello 6 Sonatas for Cello/Bass
      Vivaldi 6 Sonatas for Cello/Bass
      Other solo of applicants' choice
Dr. Daniel O'Bryant, Scholarship Committee Chair (320) 308-2280
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