Undergraduate Auditions

2022 auditions will take place in-person on campus. Please ensure that you meet the University's vaccination requirement for on-campus visitors.

Applicants who live 100km or more away from Edmonton have the option of submitting a recorded video audition. Please follow the guidelines described here: Video Audition Guidelines


The first audition date for students entering in the 2022-2023 academic year is February 19, 2021. The deadline to submit an audition application form is February 1, 2022. Applicants submitting recorded video auditions should submit by February 15.

Applicants also have the option of auditioning on a later date of April 23. The deadline to submit an audition application form for this later date is April 1, 2022. Applicants submitting recorded video auditions for this later period should submit by April 15.

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 contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Stephen Tchir (stchir@ualberta.ca) or Caitlin Wells (ccwells@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.

  • Two studies of contrasting nature, one from the 19th century collections and one from the 20th century collections.
  • 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.
  • One movement from the unaccompanied works of J.S. Bach. Use a reputable standard edition transcribed for guitar.
  • A scale in any key, to be chosen by one of the evaluators. Three octaves where possible, otherwise two.
  • A short sight-reading excerpt, to be provided at the time of the audition.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • An etude or caprice from a standard collection (Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Popper, Piatti, Dotzauer, Paganini, or equivalent)
  • 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)
  • A selection of your choice from Bach's unaccompanied works, performed from memory
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


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