Audition/Interview Requirements – Strings


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 To audition for PVA Strings, students are required to have previously submitted all components of the PVA application process. Please see Apply Online for further information.

The audition provides an opportunity for our music team to hear where the student is in their musical journey, get a sense of their coachability (are they willing to take risks, open to feedback, etc.), and assess which ensemble and class would provide the student with the most opportunity for success.

More importantly, this is an opportunity for the student to share their gifts and passion with us in a friendly, safe, and encouraging environment. The first half of our auditions are just for the applicant and our music team, while the second half provides an opportunity for parents and guardians to participate.

Special note for piano, guitar, bagpipes, accordion etc.: while we would love to accommodate all instruments, it is not possible within our program at this time. If players of these instruments are interested in participating in PVA Music, please have a discussion with our staff about potentially related instruments that could be studied as part of our program. Guitar students can register in our second semester Guitar and Songwriting course, which is not part of our PVA program.

PVA Music auditions will consist of three components: a prepared solo, technique, and an interview.

Your string audition checklist:

  • Prepared Solo: Please prepare about 1 minute of music. If your solo is longer, choose a short section that highlights your strengths as a musician. It can be an orchestral excerpt or a solo piece. For strings, the Suzuki books or the RCM repertoire books are both an easily accessible place to find a piece at an appropriate level for you.
  • Technique: choose two scales to perform. Two octaves minimum, 3 octaves if possible. Please perform your scales however you normally practice them.
  • Sight-reading: Read a simple 8 bar melody from
  • Interview (parents/guardians included): This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and determine if the PVA program is a good fit. We will ask students questions about their passion for music and why they want to be a part of the PVA program. We will provide information about student and parent involvement in PVA and some of the expectations associated with participation in the program. We will also answer any questions you might have.