EMU Cello Studio

354 Alexander Building
Ypsilanti MI 48197
Phone: 734.487.1336
[email protected]

Audition for the Cello Program

A group of cello cases standing upright in a semi-circle.
A group of cello cases standing upright in a semi-circle.


Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music & Dance is accepting undergraduate and graduate applications for the upcoming academic year! The following are cello audition requirements and guidelines. The audition will last approximately 15–20 minutes and is an important part of the application process. Please try to attend an official audition date if possible. All candidates must submit an online application. International students, please visit International Admissions for additional information and support.

2020-2021 Audition Dates

  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Saturday, January 16, 2021
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021— New Audition Date Added! Please sign up and choose the "distance" option when filling out the application.


Due to the coronavirus, all auditions this 2020-2021 academic season will be remote. Please submit an unedited, continuous recording (uploaded as an 'unlisted' YouTube link) in place of a live, in-person audition. Please be sure the video shows the entirety of your body and cello, and the camera angle is stationary. For more information or to send your audition recording, please contact Dr. Donald Babcock ([email protected]).

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate repertoire requirements:

  • Major scales, 3 Octaves (choose 4 scales from the list):  Eb, F, G, Ab, A, or Bb
    • Scales should be played in 8th-notes values at Quarter note = 65 (or Eighth note = 130).
    • Scales must be memorized.
    • Student may perform scales either with separate bowings or any combination of slurs.
  • Etude of choice (Popper, Duport, Piatti, or other technical study)
  • Two solo selections (presenting contrasting styles chosen from the standard repertoire). Piano accompaniment is welcome but not required. 

Graduate repertoire requirements:

  • Etude (Popper, Duport, Piatti, or other technical studies)
  • Two contrasting movements, one of which is the Prelude, from one of the Bach unaccompanied suites. 
  • An allegro movement from the standard cello concerto literature. Piano accompaniment is welcome but not required.

*Movements of Bach and the concerto must be memorized.

Music Minor repertoire requirements:

  • Choice of two major scales (3 octaves, if applicable)
  • One solo selection demonstrating your level of playing. Piano accompaniment is welcome but not required. 

How to Apply:

University Application

All prospective students must submit an online application to Eastern Michigan University prior to auditioning for the school. Additionally, prospective students must be accepted by the university to be considered for a departmental scholarship. International students, please visit International Admissions for additional information and support.

School of Music & Dance Application

All prospective music students must submit an undergraduate music application or graduate music application to the School of Music & Dance at least seven days prior to the audition date. As part of this process, applicants will provide names and contact information for two recommenders.

Audition Day

Audition Results

Official audition results are determined by the Director of the School of Music & Dance based on the recommendations of the music faculty and are mailed to the applicant, normally within ten business days of the audition.

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If you have questions concerning the Music & Dance application process, please contact Dr. Donald Babcock, admissions coordinator.

Students with disabilities who feel that they may need an accommodation to complete the admissions process should contact Dr. Donald Babcock at [email protected] for assistance.

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