A Degree in String Performance

The string program at FIU is designed to train the leading performers and educators of tomorrow. Through studies with the School of Music’s distinguished artist-faculty, students perform a broad repertory of solo, chamber, and orchestral literature. The School of Music features a thriving chamber music program, directed by FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence, the Banff Award-winning Amernet String Quartet, which affords students an array of performance opportunities both on and off campus. Additionally, frequent master classes and workshops given by distinguished visiting artists are an integral part of the program. Graduates of the string program at FIU have gone on to careers as internationally recognized and award-winning chamber musicians, orchestral players, soloists, teachers and directors of performing arts organizations.

 The FIU Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Maestro Javier Jose Mendoza, gives many performances spanning baroque though contemporary repertoire featuring guest artists and students as soloists.

B.M. in String Performance

Audition Requirements

Submit the following:

  • A repertoire list
  • A brief biography
  • A video of at least five minutes in length demonstrating your playing in contrasting styles/works.

 

Audition repertoire for violin, viola, cello, harp and double bass:

  • One movement of any solo work by Bach
  • One movement of a standard concerto or concert piece
  • Scales and arpeggios in three octaves

Audition repertoire for contrabass:

  • Prepare scales and arpeggios in three octaves and a work on the level of the Eccles sonata, the Dragonetti concerto, the Hindemith sonata, or the Koussevitzky concerto. In addition, applicants may be required to play and/or sight read orchestral excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard orchestral repertoire.

Audition Dates

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person at FIU. Organized auditions are held three times per year, but can be scheduled at other times throughout the year upon request. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships should attend the October audition date. Theory and history placement tests will be given during organized audition days.

Upcoming audition dates include: Saturday, October 12, 2019 | Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Saturday, February 8, 2020. 

 

Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of String Studies

Marcia Littley

mlittley@fiu.edu

VH (Viertes Haus) 120

 

M.M. in String Performance

Audition Requirements

Submit the following:

  • A repertoire list
  • A brief biography
  • A video of at least five minutes in length demonstrating your playing in contrasting styles/works.

Audition repertoire for violin, viola, cello, harp and double bass:

  • One movement of any solo work by Bach
  • One movement of a standard concerto or concert piece
  • Scales and arpeggios in three octaves

Audition repertoire for contrabass:

  • Prepare scales and arpeggios in three octaves and a work on the level of the Eccles sonata, the Dragonetti concerto, the Hindemith sonata, or the Koussevitzky concerto. In addition, applicants may be required to play and/or sight read orchestral excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard orchestral repertoire.

Audition Dates

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person at FIU. Organized auditions are held three times per year, but can be scheduled at other times throughout the year upon request. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships should attend the October audition date. Theory and history placement tests will be given during organized audition days.

Upcoming audition dates include: Saturday, October 12, 2019 | Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Saturday, February 8, 2020. 

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Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of String Studies

Marcia Littley

mlittley@fiu.edu

VH (Viertes Haus) 120

 

 

2019-2020 Ensemble Audition Information

2019-2020 Ensemble Placement Auditions for FIUSO

2019-20 Ensemble Placement Auditions for FIUSO

Auditions will be held on August 23, 2019 from 9am until 1pm —the Friday before classes start.

Welcome to the 2019-20 season of the FIU Symphony Orchestra! We have a very exciting season planned, and I am pleased that you are interested in auditioning for the FIUSO. The audition procedure is listed below. We are continuing with the FIU Festival Orchestra this season. The FIU Festival Orchestra will perform on the FIU Music Festival. The core of the Festival Orchestra will be made up of members of the Kameristika Chamber Orchestra, a professional chamber orchestra made up of mostly former El Sistema players from Venezuela. This is a great opportunity to perform with players from a professional orchestra. We expect the Festival Orchestra to be made up of the players from Kameristika, FIU’s top string majors; our top wind, brass and percussion players; and faculty—the same concept as last year.

Throughout the year we will also be discussing summer opportunities for you. The FIU orchestras have been presented with opportunities for national and international travel for select students. Students will be chosen for these projects by competitive audition/application.

The auditions for the FIUSO will be blind, and behind a screen. You are not to talk during your audition, this is to ensure that the audition remains anonymous. Audition material is also attached to this message. Audition guidelines are also included with this message. The 2019-2020 FIUSO roster will be posted late on Friday and will be emailed to all. Once you have been placed in FIUSO it is your responsibility to pick up your music folder BEFORE rehearsal on Tuesday August 27th. Our new Librarian, Caroline Senko will set office hours for Monday August 26thand the morning of Tuesday August 27th so that you can pick up music. If you have a legitimate conflict for the times that she offers you may email her at csenk004@fiu.edu.

THERE WILL BE NO MUSIC DISTRIBUTED AT THE FIRST REHEARSAL.

Click here to sign up and choose your audition times. 

Click here for the FIUSO Audition Excerpts 2019-20

Best of luck to all of you! I look forward to hearing your auditions! Regards,

Javier J. Mendoza
Director of Orchestral Studies