Music

Undergraduate Auditions

Audition dates for studies commencing in the 2020-21 academic year will take place on February 29, 2020. The deadline to apply for an audition on this date is February 1, 2020.

We will be holding a second round of auditions on April 25 (with the exception of Piano auditions, which will take place on May 2). The deadline to apply for these April/May auditions is April 1, 2019

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

For applicants to the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education combined degrees, please complete and submit the following form: BMus and BMus/BEd Audition Application

For applicants who wish to take an Applied Music course as part of a program other than BMus or BMus/BEd, please complete and submit the following form: Applied Music Audition Application

Please submit these audition applications no later than February 1 for a March audition, or April 1 for an April/May audition. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Stephen Tchir (musicug@ualberta.ca) if you have any questions or concerns.

Audition Requirements

Auditions are conducted in person. If you live more than 150 kilometres away, you are welcome to submit a recorded video audition (high-quality DVD mailed to the Department of Music general office, or high-quality digital video file sent to musicug@ualberta.ca) by February 15 if you wish to be evaluated in the first audition period, or April 15 if you wish to be evaluated in the second audition period.

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.

  • Guitar

    Note: Classical Guitar only. Must be equivalent to RCM Level VIII or higher. All to be performed from memory.

    1. Two studies of contrasting nature, one from the 19th century collections and one from the 20th century collections.
    2. The first movement of a solo recital work of two or three movements, or the same for guitar with orchestra or chamber ensemble (with  piano reduction), or a significant solo recital work of one movement only. The music may be used if performing with a pianist.
    3. One movement  from  the unaccompanied works of J.S. Bach. Use a reputable standard edition transcribed for guitar.
    4. A scale in any key, to be chosen by one of the evaluators. Three octaves where possible, otherwise two.
    5. A short sight-reading excerpt, to be provided at the time of the audition.
     
  • 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 X Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada. Pieces should be performed from memory.

  • Strings

    Strings

    1. An etude or caprice from a standard collection (Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Popper, Piatti, Dotzauer, Paganini, or equivalent)
    2. The first movement of a concerto or concert work (with accompaniment), performed from memory. (select from the RCM syllabus levels 8 and up, refer to the RCM syllabus online)
    3. A selection of your choice from Bach's unaccompanied works, performed from memory
    4. A short sight-reading excerpt, to be provided at the time of the audition
    The performance will be followed by a short interview and a short aural skills test.
  • 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 

    A list of suggested pieces for wind instruments can be found here.

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.