Strings
Group of violinists

String players enrolled at the University of Ottawa receive individualized training in all aspects of musicianship under the supervision of internationally renowned teachers and performers. They have the opportunity to further develop their skills, through large and small ensemble work with faculty, in orchestral performance and excerpts training, as well as in our regular academic courses. Weekly masterclasses are offered with university faculty, as well as with internationally renowned guest teachers (recent guests have included Peter Oundjian, Mauricio Fuks, David Zafer, James Ehnes, Julian Armour, Lynn Harrell and Denise Djokic) and students have the opportunity to perform throughout the school year with various ensembles of the School of Music in our two excellent halls; Freiman Hall and Tabaret Hall. Fourth year performance students receive 1.5 hour weekly lessons. Professional work experience is also possible with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, by audition.

Faculty

Yehonatan Berick
Violin

David Currie
Bass

Yosuke Kawasaki
Violin

Jessica Linnebach
Violin

Joel Quarrington
Bass

Paul Marleyn
Cello– Coordinator of string sector

Michelle Gott
Harp

Micheal van der Sloot
Viola

Ensembles
Audition requirements

Undergraduate candidates should prepare: 

  • Violin
     
    • 1st movement of a concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Two contrasting movements of a solo Bach work
    • Caprice - Paganini, Wienawski, or Dont Op. 35
    • Sight-reading may be required
  • Viola
     
    • One movement of a concerto or sonata
    • Two contrasting movements of a solo Bach Suite
    • One étude of candidate's choice
    • Sight-reading may be required
  • Cello
     
    • 1st movement of a concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Two contrasting movements of a solo Bach Suite
    • Etude - Popper
    • Sight reading may be required
  • Double bass
    • Scales: 3 Octave scales, major and minor and chromatic modes
    • Two contrasting movements of a concerto, sonata, or solo Bach Suite
    • Sight reading may be require
  • Harp
     
    • Three solo works from contrasting periods
    • One cadenza from the following list:
        • Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers
      • Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
      • Ravel - Tzigane

Students applying to the Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.) must demonstrate an advanced level of technical proficiency and performance ability.

Students applying to the combined Bachelor of Music and Science (B. Mus./B.Sc.) must demonstrate a truly exceptional level of technical proficiency and performance ability, as determined by the audition panel.

 

Graduate candidates for MMus:

  • Violin
     
    • Two contrasting movements of a major concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • First 2 movements of Sonata 1, 2 or 3; or Chaconne - Bach
    • Caprice - Paganini
    • Another piece of the candidate's choice, from a period different from the other works performed
    • Sight-reading may be required
  • Viola
     
    • Three movements of a Bach suite
    • One complete sonata
    • Two movements of a major concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Sight-reading may be required
  • Cello
     
    • Two contrasting movements of a major concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Two movements of Bach Suites 4, 5 or 6
    • Caprice - Piatti
    • Another piece of the candidate's choice, from a period different from the other three works performed
    • Sight reading may be required
  • Double bass
    • Two contrasting movements from a J.S. Bach Suite (one must be a Prelude)
    • 1st and 2nd movements from a concerto (for example, Bottesini, Koussevitsky, Sperger, Dittersdorf), with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Three Orchestral excerpts, one from each list (A, B, and C)
      • A.
        • Beethoven Symphony #5 (3rd mvt.)
        • Mozart Symphony #40 (1st mvt.)
        • Mendelssohn Symphony #4 (1st mvt.)
        • Schubert Symphony #9 (3rd mvt.)
      • B.
        • Verdi Otello
        • Haydn Symphony #31
        • Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
      • C.
        • Beethoven Symphony #9 (4th mvt. recitatives)
    • Sight reading may be required
  • Harp
     
    • One complete sonata
    • Three movements from a suite by J.S. Bach or one sonata by D. Scarlatti
    • One major work for solo harp by any of the following composers: Britten, Caplet, Damase, Fauré, Grandjany, Parish-Alvars, Renié, Salzedo, Spohr, or Tournier
    • One work written after 1970

Graduate candidates for Certificate in Orchestral Studies:

  • Violin
     
    • Two contrasting movements of a major concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • First 2 movements of Sonata 1, 2 or 3; or Chaconne, from a solo Bach
    • Caprice - Paganini
    • Three orchestral excerpts (candidate’s choice)
    • Sight-reading may be required
  • Viola
     
    • Two contrasting movements of a major concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Three movements of solo Bach
    • One Romantic or 20th century sonata
    • Three orchestral excerpts (candidate’s choice)
    • Sight-reading may be required
  • Cello
     
    • Two contrasting movements of a major concerto, with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Two movements of Bach Suites 4, 5 or 6
    • Caprice - Piatti
    • Three orchestral excerpts (candidate’s choice)
    • Sight reading may be required
  • Double bass
     
    • Two contrasting movements from a J.S. Bach Suite (one must be a Prelude)
    • 1st and 2nd movements from a concerto (for example, Bottesini, Koussevitsky, Sperger, Dittersdorf), with cadenza (if applicable)
    • Three Orchestral excerpts, one from each list (A, B, and C)
      • A.
        • Beethoven Symphony #5 (3rd mvt.)
        • Mozart Symphony #40 (1st mvt.)
        • Mendelssohn Symphony #4 (1st mvt.)
        • Schubert Symphony #9 (3rd mvt.)
      • B.
        • Verdi Otello
        • Haydn Symphony #31
        • Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
      • C.
        • Beethoven Symphony #9 (4th mvt. recitatives)
    • Sight reading may be required

For more information, please contact Paul Marleyn, string sector coordinator, or Michelle Gott, instructor of harp.

Accompanists

Note that the School of Music does not provide accompanists for the auditions. Candidates are responsible for securing their own accompanist. You can hire an accompanist from our list or anyone else of your choosing.

BARRY, Suren
514-702-1089
surenbarry@gmail.com

BERTOLI, Mauro
613-261-4623
mauro.bertoli@maurobertoli.com

DEUNSCH, Sonja
613-254-9186
rslplourde@bell.net

ESHGHI, Parvaneh
p.eshghi@sympatico.ca

GINSBURG, Judy
613-224-1267
judygins@bell.net

JOVIC, Katarina
613-261-7681
katarinamusic@sympatico.ca

JIN, Ruby
613-410-6035
rubyjin@gmail.com

KROWICKI, Marek
514-756-1511
mkrow029@uottawa.ca

LACROIX, Frédéric
613-421-0647
flacroix@uottawa.ca

RICHARDS, Jenna
613-868-6248
jrichards@chamberfest.com

STEVENS, Claire
613-263-5075
clairehstevens@gmail.com

SWEENEY, Sonya
613-806-9512
sonyaesweeney@gmail.com

YAMANE, Tamiko
613-851-8175
tamiko.yamane@gmail.com

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