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A Degree in Instrumental Performance, Strings Studio

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 Instrumental Performance, Strings Studio

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 November audition date. Theory and history placement tests will be given during organized audition days.

Upcoming audition dates include: November 20, 2021 | February 5, 2022 | and March 12, 2022.

 

Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of Strings Studio

Marcia Littley

mlittley@fiu.edu

WPAC 147A

 

M.M. in Instrumental Performance, Strings Studio

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 November audition date. Theory and history placement tests will be given during organized audition days.

Upcoming audition dates include: November 20, 2021 | February 5, 2022 | and March 12, 2022.

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Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of Strings Studio

 

2020 - 2021 Ensemble Audition Information

FIU Symphony Orchestra

The students in the FIU Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestras learn a variety of orchestral repertoire and are guided to become excellent orchestra musicians under the directorship of newly appointed Dr. Javier Jose Mendoza. The orchestras perform at FIU’s own concert hall, the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, as well as in the greater Miami community. This orchestra was created by Carlos Piantini, the former first violinist with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, who later became a celebrated conductor of major orchestra in Europe and Americas. Stewart Robertson, the conductor of the Florida Grand Opera and the Glimmerglass Opera,  took over after Piantini. He was followed by Carlos Riazuelo another noted conductor throughout the Americas and Spain, and then by Arturo Sandoval, celebrated trumpeter and conductor. Richard Stolzman and Robert Craft were among celebrated guest conductors, and currently the orchestral experience is greatly enriched by  numerous guest conductors, such as Jose Serebrier, Giancarlo Guerrero, James Judd, Eduardo Marturet, Neal Varon, David Effron and Gustav Meier. The FIU Symphony Orchestra also performs annual operas presented by the FIU Opera Theater.

A Message from the Orchestral Conductor:

Dear FIUSO players,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 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. Auditions will take place on August 24, 2021 from 12:30pm – 3:15pm on the Wertheim Concert Hall Stage. Meet Assistant Conductor at the stage door (room 172).

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.

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

Regards,

Javier J. Mendoza
Director of Orchestral Studies