Audition/Interview Requirements – Strings


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Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass

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.

This year due to Covid 19 restrictions,  PVA Strings auditions will be held virtually.

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 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.

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.

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

Your string audition checklist:

Prepared Solo: students will demonstrate their ability to prepare and perform a piece of music that showcases their gifts and passions.

Please prepare a short solo (30 seconds to 1 minute, if your solo is longer choose a short section of it) that highlights your own personality as a musician. It could be a part of your current orchestra music, or a solo specifically for your instrument. 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: students will demonstrate their understanding of musical skills and concepts.
  • Scales: choose one major AND one minor scale (natural, harmonic or melodic, your choice). Scales should be 2 octaves minimum, 3 octaves if possible.
  • Sight-reading: Read a simple 8 bar melody from
  • Interview (parents/guardians included):This is an opportunity for us to learn more about the student and family. We will ask you questions about why the student is passionate about music, what their goals are, and why they want to be a part of the PVA program, as well as who they are as a person. 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.
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