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Application and Recording Instructions for Students

To apply, students must submit an online application and an audio recording with 3 to 5 minutes of playing. On your recording, we would like you to play 2 scales (chosen from the list below), as well as a piece of your choice. You may perform any music you wish – a movement or excerpt from a solo piece, sonata, or concerto, an etude, etc. You should consult with your private teacher or orchestra director for help in choosing the piece(s) you can play well.

Scale Requirements: (choose 2)

Perform scales as sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50. The tonic may be repeated in each octave. Perform arpeggios the same number of octaves as the corresponding scales, eighth note triplets at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50.

  • Violin: C, G, D, A, B-flat major 3 octaves; F major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
  • Viola: C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
  • Cello: C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat Major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
  • Bass: C, D, B-flat major 1 octave; F, G, A major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 2 octaves. Slur scales 2 notes per bow and arpeggios separate bows.

Other recording instructions:

  1. Any type of recorder will do – use anything from a computer to a portable unit with a built-in microphone.
  2. Before you begin to play, state your name, instrument, grade & school.
  3. Label the audio file with your name, instrument, & grade.
  4. Only one player per audio file.
  5. You may take several tries, if you wish, at recording a fine performance. If you make mistakes, just start over from the beginning before submitting your file.
  6. Follow the instructions at to apply and upload your recording.

You will be directed to our external registration site,, for submission of your application.

The application deadline is December 4, 2018. Notification of the results will be made to all students via e-mail by December 12, 2018.


Sample Schedule for Honors String Orchestra

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6:15 – 7:00 p.m. – Registration

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Rehearsal (students will step out of rehearsal a few at a time to play seating auditions)


8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Sectionals with UNCG String Faculty

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Rehearsal

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Rehearsals, String Faculty Recital

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Dinner

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Rehearsal

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Travel to Guilford College for Greensboro Symphony concert

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Attend Greensboro Symphony Orchestra concert (ticket included)

Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Violin and Conductor

Vivaldi Concerto for 2 viollins and cello in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 11
C. Brubeck Double Concerto for violin and cello
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite


10:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Rehearsal

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Call time for concert

1:30 p.m. – Concert, School of Music Recital Hall


David Eccles

David F. Eccles is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and the son of a music educator. He currently serves as Director of String Music Education and Orchestral Activities at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He has held string education positions in Virginia and Florida. An active clinician, adjudicator, conductor and cellist, Eccles has held conducting and music director positions with the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Jubilate Youth Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has served as a guest conductor for many state, county, regional, and community orchestras.

Mr. Eccles has presented education sessions at many local, state, and international conferences including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Directors Clinic & Conference, American String Teachers Association Conference, Texas Music Educators Conference, Illinois Music Educators Conference, and Florida Music Educators Conference. Mr. Eccles is also a clinician and consulting author for the Hal Leonard Corporation. Additionally, he is a Performing Artist for JonPaul Bows.

Mr. Eccles is completing his doctoral studies at Florida State University. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from University of Miami (Florida) and Bachelor of Music and Media from Norfolk State University. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Eccles, Laurien Laufman, Ross Harbaugh, and Dr. Michael Allen.

David is a member of Illinois Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, College Orchestra Directors Association, and served as President of the Illinois Chapter of American String Teachers Association.