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Audition Repertory Guidelines


  • One movement from a Vivaldi bassoon concerto
  • One movement from a French solo sonata (e.g. Boismortier, Corrette, Couperin)
  • One movement from any solo sonata of your choice (Telemann, Galliard, Merci, etc...)


  • Two contrasting movements from a sonata (or the Partita) by J.S. Bach
  • Two contrasting movements from a suite, or a set of three or four unaccompanied preludes (in one key) by Hotteterre
  • One movement from any 18th-century concerto
  • Accompaniment is desirable, but not necessary.


  • Continuo: Two contrasting movements (17th- and/or 18th-century) demonstrating your continuo skills
  • Solo repertoire: One movement from a solo work of J.S.Bach or Rameau or F. Couperin or D. Scarlatti


  • One fast movement and one slow movement from a German or Italian solo sonata or obbligato aria (e.g. Handel, Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi, etc.)
  • One movement of your choice from a French suite by Couperin, Philidor, Hotettere, Montéclair, or similar
  • If available, a sample of a chamber music performance OR a sample of your playing on an auxiliary instrument (i.e. oboe d'amore, oboe da caccia, recorder, etc.)


  • One work by a 17th- or 18th-century Italian composer
  • One obbligato solo from a Bach cantata or Handel oratorio
  • One work by Biber or Schmelzer


  • One work by a 17th-century Italian or Austrian composer
  • One movement from a Bach solo partita or solo sonata
  • One movement from a Vivaldi concerto (may be accompanied by harpsichord in lieu of ripieno)
  • One movement from a French solo sonata or suite (Leclair, Couperin, etc)


  • One movement from Telemann Concerto or Bach Brandenburg 6
  • One movement from a Bach cello suite or violin sonata/partita transcribed
  • One transcribed movement from an Italian sonata: Corelli or an early 17th-century composer
  • One transcribed movement from a French work by Couperin or Marais

Violoncello/Viola da gamba/Contrabass/Violone

  • Continuo: Two contrasting movements (17th- and/or 18th-century) demonstrating your continuo skills; you may wish to include secco recitative samples as well.
  • Solo repertoire: Two movements of contrasting tempos from a 17th- or 18th-century solo sonata or suite. Specifically:

               Cellos: Two contrasting movements, including at least one movement from a Bach Suite.

               Violas da gamba: Two contrasting movements including at least one French or English selection.

               Contrabass/Violone: You may submit performances of appropriate transcriptions.

  • Optional (not required, but suggested): A movement from an ensemble work such as a Paris Quartet or trio sonata or obbligato aria with an independent part.


  • One aria by J.S. Bach
  • One secco recitative (or secco with arioso) by J.S. Bach
  • One aria from the high baroque in Italian (e.g. Handel, Vivaldi)
  • One aria or song from the 17th century (e.g. Purcell, Monteverdi, Moulinié, Schütz, etc.)
  • In addition, you are welcome to include lute songs, Spanish or Latin American baroque music, self-accompanied pieces, or other unique repertoire from c.1550-1760.
  • Please limit your selections to no more than 6 and do not include music composed after the 18th century.