Strings and Harp

The Drake Department of Music concentrates on providing a superior undergraduate education. You'll study with teachers who are regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized as artists/teachers.

Studio string faculty include:

Audition Guidelines

Double-Bass: 



  1. Any two-octave scale and arpeggio in any bowing combination 

  2. A movement of a classical or romantic work from the standard repertoire 

  3. An etude of your choice 



Guitar: 



  1. I-IV-V7-I chord progressions in major: C, D, E, F, G, A, as well as relative minor.

  2. Two octave scale and arpeggio from the Giuliani 120 daily

  3. An etude such as Aguado, Carcassi, Sor, or Giuliani
  4. A movement from a concerto or representative work of Tarrega 


Harp:

All prospective students desiring to audition in harp are required to perform an audition of two harp solos, contrasting in style, and two orchestral excerpts of the auditionee's choice.

Violin, Viola and Cello: 



  1. A movement of solo Bach
  2. A movement of a classical or romantic work from the standard repertoire.
  3. An etude of your choice



To audition as a strings music minor or non-major participant:

  1. Two contrasting pieces

Registration form for Audition Days

Admission and Scholarships:

The music department offers attractive scholarship packages for all talented students interested in a music major or minor; there are some scholarships available for non-majors who want to participate in the ensemble programs. In order to qualify both for admission to the Department of Music and for a music scholarship, prospective students must audition by March 1.

String and Harp majors may choose from among the following degree programs:

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