- Of Nos. 2 and 3, one must be a 20th or 21st-century composition
- All compositions except for duo sonatas should be memorized.
1. A complete solo Bach suite, sonata, or partita.
2. A complete sonata or equivalent work for viola, solo or with piano. In the interest of encouraging exploration of a wider range of repertoire, the following works are EXCLUDED from this requirement: the two Brahms Sonatas, the Schubert Arpeggione, and the Rebecca Clarke Sonata.
We strongly encourage candidates to choose works originally written for viola. Examples include (but are not limited to): W. F. Bach C minor Sonata, L. Boccherini C minor Sonata (original viola sonata, not cello), Weber Andante and Rondo Ongarese, Vieuxtemps Sonata Op. 36 or Unfinished Sonata, Reger 3 Suites (unaccompanied), Hindemith any of three sonatas with piano or four unaccompanied sonatas, York Bowen two sonatas, A. Bax Sonata, Ligeti Unaccompanied Sonata, Babbitt Piece for Viola and Piano, etc.
3. A complete concerto EXCLUDING the Bartok, Walton and Hindemith “Der Schwanendreher”; again encouraging exploration of wider repertoire.
We strongly encourage candidates to choose works originally written for viola. Examples include (but are not limited to): A. Rolla Concerto in E-flat Major, Vanhall C Major, Hindemith Kammermusik No. 5 or Konzertmusik, Y. Bowen Concerto, W. Piston Concerto, K. Penderecki Concerto, J. Harbison Concerto, etc.
4. A short work for viola, solo or with piano, up to about 10 minutes duration composed after 1945 by composers such as Babbitt, Carter, Persichetti, Penderecki, Kurtag, Ligeti, Zimmermann etc.