Music Additional Requirements

Who Auditions?

Program Requirements
B.Mus - Music Audition is required for admission
Pre-B.Mus - Music/B.Education Audition is required for admission
BA – Music Audition is not required for admission, but is required to take music studio courses. Talk to an advisor about this further.
BA - Music/B.Education Audition is not required for admission, but is required to take music studio courses. Talk to an advisor about this further.
Transfer applicants Audition is required for admission. Audition will establish the studio level you are qualified to enter.
Post-Diploma applicants Audition is required for admission. Audition will establish the studio level you are qualified to enter.

 



 

Live Audition Process

The Music Department recommends the live audition process over the online audition for the committee to have a clearer idea of your skills and background. Music audition scholarships are only given to live audition applicants.

  1. Review your programs application and scholarship deadlines prior to applying.
  2. Submit your University application for admission to the University prior to auditioning.
  3. Submit your Studio Audition application to the Music Department
  4. Prepare Accompaniment: Auditions MUST be accompanied, unless the piece was written as a solo without any accompaniment. Applicants must supply their own accompanist for the live audition. If you cannot provide your own, the Music Department has a list of accompanists that you may hire (there is a cost associated with this). You need to contact them at least two weeks prior to the scheduled live audition. Contact the Music Department at 403-329-2495 or music@uleth.ca.
  5. Bring Transcripts: Please bring a copy of your transcripts to your audition, whether you are currently a University of Lethbridge student, transferring from another institution or coming directly from high school. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  6. Audition: See below for your instrument's specific audition requirements. A short interview is held at the time of the live audition to get to know you, though the Music Department reserves the right to request a personal interview/audition for any applicant.

 

Online Audition Process

  1. Review your program application and scholarship deadlines prior to applying.
  2. Submit your University application for admission to the University prior to submitting portfolio
  3. Submit your Studio Audition application to the Music department
  4. Voice applicants will be contacted prior to the submission to arrange for the recording of the Quick Study to be included with the SlideRoom audition.
  5. Upload and submit your video based audition and examples of work for composition applicants online at SlideRoom. Please note: your audition video needs to show the whole body of the performer.

 

Audition Schedule

Intake: Fall

Submit your Studio Audition Application at least a month prior to one of these audition dates:

 

Live Auditions 2018

  • February 1 & 2 – First round*
  • March 1 & 2 – Second round*
  • May 3 & 4 - Final round

*Music scholarships are conditional upon a February or March live audition. The majority of students will also be accepted during this time.

 

Online Auditions

Submit your audition materials, including portfolio and essay for composition applicants by 11:59 PM MST on SlideRoom on one of the live audition dates to be included in the evaluation for that round:

  • June 15 – Final online evaluation

 

Audition Requirements

Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument. Royal Conservatory Grade VIII or higher is recommended. Scales and sight reading may be required.

You need to submit your portfolio online at SlideRoom and either come in for a live or online audition in another instrument/voice area.

1. Portfolio Content

  • Essay: The essay provides insight to the Music Department about your desire to study composition. In approximately 600 words, explain your reasons for wanting to study composition in the Bachelor of Music including information about your composition background, experience, inspirations and goals.
  • Examples of your work: Submit examples of one to three current compositions, including audio recordings whenever possible (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Videos and other digital imagery are also acceptable. Advanced theory exercises, which show your compositional skills, are acceptable.

2. Audition

  • Choose one of the listed instrument/voice areas to audition in to show the committee your experience and background in music.
  • Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument
  • Royal Conservatory Grade VII or higher
  • One work by J.S. Bach and one contrasting piece that demonstrate technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument
  • Contrasting piece should be classical (though not necessarily from the Classical period), written originally for keyboard instruments, and from another style period other than Baroque (i.e. Classical, 19th century/Romantic, 20th century etc.) to show different aspects of your playing. The RCM or Conservatory Canada repertoire lists can be an aid in selecting pieces, but they certainly can be chosen from outside of these lists
  • Royal Conservatory Grade VIII or higher
  • Memorization strongly encouraged

Three solos or études - one on a keyboard (preferably using four mallets), one on snare drum or multiple percussion, and one on timpani

  • Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument
  • Royal Conservatory Grade VIII or higher
  • Scales may be required
  • Perform three contrasting classical selections (from memory), two of which must be in a language other than your native tongue. Repertoire may include one operetta/light opera selection (i.e. Strauss, Lehar, Romberg, Gilbert and Sullivan)
  • Prepare an assigned Quick Study (song) and perform it to the best of your ability (preferably from memory). The Quick Study will be e-mailed to you four days in advance of the live audition. If you are submitting an online audition you need to contact music@uleth.ca to receive the quick study 4 days in advance of creating and submitting your recording.
  • Demonstrate sight singing and sight rhythm skills by clapping and/or singing short passages. This is not part of the online audition process.
  • Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument
  • Royal Conservatory Grade VIII or higher is recommended
  • Scales and sight reading may be required

 

 

SlideRoom Information

You may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), music (mp3) and one PDF document file with a maximum 6 pages. SlideRoom links directly to Vimeo, YouTube and SoundCloud.

For best image quality and fast upload, image files should be about 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. Please keep video files under 60MB and limited to 2 - 3 minute clips. Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting your work. For technical assistance, contact support@slideroom.com

At SlideRoom you can login and edit your portfolio as often as you like; however, once you have submitted it, no changes can be made. A $10 USD fee is charged at the time of submission.

Submit your portfolio

 

Questions?

Music Studio Coordinator
Email: music@uleth.ca
Phone: 403-329-2673

Admission & Portfolio Advisor
Email: finearts.admissions@uleth.ca
Phone: 403-380-1864