Viola students at Lamont are part of a tight-knit and encouraging studio dedicated to the pursuit of musical excellence. They study with the principal violist of the Colorado Symphony, Professor Basil Vendryes. Previously, Professor Vendryes was a member of the San Francisco Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. He also performed as a soloist across the country and globe and recorded for Columbia, Phillips, Decca, RCA and Nonesuch as well as chamber music for the Ariel Music, Cadenza Music, Centaur, CRI and Naxos labels.

Auditions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview and Performance

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. The interview will include a Q&A and a brief live performance of one of the prepared audition pieces.

    The 2021 interview/performance dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • Your choice of one major AND one minor 3 octave scale that is NOT C major or c minor. It is preferred that you play 3 or 4 slurred notes per bow if possible. You should also play the arpeggio series related to the chosen scales, minimum of major and minor arpeggios, 3 slurred preferred.  
  • Two contrasting movements of a work by Bach (Suites for Cello or Sonatas/Partitas for Violin, transcribed for viola)
  • A movement (or movements, if connected) of a work of your choice, difficulty level of:
    • F.A. Hoffmeister, Concerto in D Major
    • Hummel, Fantasy
    • Stamitz, Concerto, Opus 1
    • Schubert, Arpeggione Sonata
  • One etude of your choice, minimum difficulty level of:
    • Mazas, Opus 36
    • Dont, 24 Studies, Opus 37
    • Kreutzer, 42 Studies

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  • Your choice of one major AND one minor 3 octave scale that is NOT C major or c minor. It is preferred that you play 3 or 4 slurred notes per bow if possible. You should also play the arpeggio series related to the chosen scales, minimum of major and minor arpeggios, 3 slurred preferred.  
  • One etude of your choice, minimum difficulty level of Kreutzer, Rode or Campagnoli
  • Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach (Suites, Sonatas, or Partitas)
  • A movement of a modern concerto, difficulty level of Walton, Bartók, or Hindemith (Der Schwanendreher)
  • A movement of a sonata or work with piano (ex. Brahms, Sonata Opus 120 or Schumann, Märchenbilder or Hindemith, Opus 11 #4)

Review requirements for Artist Diploma
Review requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies

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