Our double bass studio emphasizes rigorous practice, frequent performance opportunities, and the study of both standard and modern repertoire. As a result, students are prepared to thrive in a variety of professional contexts. As a bassist at Lamont, you will study with Colorado Symphony bassist Susan Cahill. Along with a robust performance career, Professor Cahill brings an innovative teaching style.

  • Live Audition

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. All auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. The applicant will choose one of their prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly an additional work as well.

  • Applicants Unable to Travel to Denver

    While Lamont faculty prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited video audition in lieu of the on-campus audition. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  • Major and minor scales with arpeggios up to four sharps and four flats (two octaves) 
  • One movement from a baroque sonata or Bach cello suite, any key
  • Exposition from the first movement of one of the following concertos: Dragonetti, Koussevitzky, Dittersdorf, Bottesini No. 2 or Vanhal
  • One orchestral excerpt of your choice

Undergraduate (Minor)

  • Standard solo of your choice ( i.e. works by Koussevitzky, Bottesini or Bach)
  • One standard orchestral excerpt of your choice (e.g. trio in movement 3 of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, movement 1 of Mozart's Symphony no. 40)
  • Two scales and corresponding two arpeggios of your choice, one major and one minor

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  • Major and minor scales with arpeggios (three octaves)
  • First two movements of a standard concerto or Romantic sonata
  • Two movements from a Baroque sonata or Bach cello suite, any key
  • Two standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire, excluding the Recitative and Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony


Susan Cahill holding a double bass

Susan Cahill

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