Music

Undergraduate Auditions

Audition dates for studies commencing in the 2018-19 academic year will take place in February 2018 (dates TBD).

The deadline to apply for an audition is February 1, 2018.

We will be holding a second round of auditions in April (dates TBD). The deadline to apply for April auditions is April 1, 2018

While the Department of Music prides itself on teaching courses that explore a diverse range of musical genres and styles, our music programs focus on classical training.

Please find all the necessary steps below.

Apply to Audition

Fill out the audition application form and return it before February 1 (or April 1 for April auditions) by e-mail to the Undergraduate Advisor (musicug@ualberta.ca) or fax it to 780.492.9246.

Audition Requirements

Auditions are conducted in person. If you live more than 150 kilometres away, you are welcome to submit a recorded audition (high-quality CD or DVD only) by February 15th (April 15 for April auditions)

Audition Repertoire

Please ensure that you prepare the proper repertoire based on your instrument of study. The following is a list of specific audition material:

Note: String, Voice and Wind Instrument applicants are required to bring an accompanist. If you need recommendations for collaborative pianists, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor.

  • Organ

    Organ

    - A composition of J.S. Bach

    - Two other contrasting compositions

    - Sight-reading and interview

    NB: applicants should have a minimum of two to three years of training

  • Percussion

    Percussion

    - Snare drum: a solo, étude or excerpt

    - Timpani: a solo, étude or excerpt

    - Mallets (with accompaniment, as required): a solo or étude (2 or 4 mallets)

    - Sight-reading

    NB: applicants should have a minimum of two to three years of training

  • Piano

    Piano

    - A composition of J.S. Bach

    - First movement of a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven)

    - A romantic or contemporary composition of the applicant's choice

    - Sight-reading and interview

    NB: applicants should have previous training equal to Grade IX Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada. Pieces should be performed from memory.

  • Strings

    Strings

    - One movement of a solo work by J.S. Bach (or classical equivalent for guitar, double bass and harp)

    - One movement of a contrasting work of the applicant's choice

    - One short study of the applicant's choice

    - Interview

    NB: applicants should have a minimum of two to three years of training

  • Voice

    Voice

    - Three selections with accompaniment: one in English, one in Italian, and one in either French or German

    - Selections should be from the standard classical vocal repertoire

    - Interview

    * Please note all auditioning voice students are required to bring their own accompanist. Pieces should be performed from memory.

  • Wind Instruments

    Wind Instruments

    - A solo composition with accompaniment

    - A study

    - Sight-reading and interview

    NB: applicants should have a minimum of two to three years of training

    *Please note all auditioning wind students are required to bring their own accompanist 

Audition Day Protocol

  1. Please ensure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition.

  2. Once you have arrived, please make your way to the welcome table located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building (FAB).

  3. Practice rooms will be available to warm-up and/or rehearse with your accompanist.

  4. Audition committees expect to hear auditions that are comparable to public performances. Auditions are competitively ranked due to the limited number of spots available each year.

  5. Please provide the committee with one copy of each of your audition pieces.

  6. You will write the theory placement test the day of your audition, if necessary. Please click here for theory proficiency information.