Undergraduate Auditions

Due to social distancing protocols related to COVID-19, we ask that all applicants submit a RECORDED VIDEO AUDITION. Additionally, recorded auditions will not require piano accompaniment (but recorded accompaniment is highly recommended, particularly for voice applicants).

Please follow the guidelines described here: Video Audition Guidelines

The department will be scheduling 10 minute online interview appointments with all applicants. Details will be emailed to applicants in April.

Please contact the undergraduate advisor (musicug@ualberta.ca) if you have any questions or concerns.


The first audition submission deadline for students entering in the 2021-2022 academic year is February 15, 2021. The deadline to submit an audition application form is February 1, 2021.

Applicants can also opt to submit their audition video on our later submission deadline of April 15. The deadline to submit an audition application form for this later submission date is April 1, 2021.

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 February 15 audition submission deadline, or April 1 for an April 15 audition submission deadline. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Stephen Tchir (musicug@ualberta.ca) if you have any questions or concerns.

Audition Requirements/Repertoire

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

  • 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.

    For video auditions, voice applicants are encouraged to make use of the following pre-recorded accompaniment resources:
  • 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.