Studio Audition Information

 We recommend all students audition before their first semester.

 However, first year students and transfer students can be admitted to the University without auditioning -- they simply cannot register for Music Studio until they audition successfully.
 
First Year Students (B.Mus., B.Mus/B.Ed., and BA/B.Ed.) must take Music Studio during their first semester or else make up for each lost semester by extending the total length of their degree program. BA students can meet the audition requirement at any time in the first two years without a time penalty, since only four semesters of Studio are required for the BA music major.
 
All Transfer Students must audition before taking Music Studio to establish the studio level they are qualified to enter.
 
Post-Diploma students, please note, that admission is dependent on auditioning successfully at an appropriate level.
 
Audition Purpose
To ascertain the potential of the incoming music students, this includes overall technique, color, intonation, and musicianship.
 
Audition Procedure
A short interview is held at the time of the audition. The audition dates for entrance to the fall semester studio are in March and May (exact dates below). Spring (January) semester studio auditions are the last day of classes in December. In special cases, an alternative audition date may be arrangement with the Department of Music.
Although it is recommended that students audition in person, applicants may audition by submitting a good quality videotape or DVD, which must be received by June 15. 
 
NOTE: Auditions MUST be accompanied (unless the piece was written as a solo without any accompaniment). Applicants are encouraged to supply their own accompanist. If that is not possible, arrange for an accompanist by calling the Music Office 329-2495 or email music@uleth.ca at least two weeks prior to the scheduled audition.
Requests for specific studio instructors should be made at the time of the audition, but final assignment of studio instructors rests with the Department of Music. 
 
NOTE: Some Entrance Scholarships are available based on live auditions and completing the appropriate scholarship application form by the deadline. (Early Entrance - March 1; Others - June 1).
Scholarship Applications at: uleth.ca/reg-faa/applications/index.html
Dept. of Music reserves the right to request a personal interview/audition.
 

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. (Copies of transcripts are OK, don't need to be official.)

Audition Dates -- 2013 - 2014

For Spring 2014
-    Friday, December 6, 2013
For Fall 2014
-   Saturday, March 1, 2014
-    Friday, May 23, 2014
-    Saturday, May 24, 2014
 
Audition Requirements

Piano

One work by J.S. Bach and one contrasting piece. Royal Conservatory Grade VIII or higher. 
Memorization strongly encouraged.

Voice

Prospective students are required to:

  • Vocalize to various vowels to assess range and evenness of scale.
  • Sing back various ear exercises.
  • Demonstrate rhythmic acuity by clapping rhythms supplied (actual score).
  • Perform, from memory, three contrasting classical selections, two of which must be in a language other than the student's native tongue. Repertoire may include operetta/light opera selections (i.e. Strauss, Lehar, Romberg, Gilbert and Sullivan.

Woodwinds

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

Brass

Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument. Scales may be required.

Percussion

One solo or étude on three of the following: mallet, snare drum, timpani, drumset, and multiple percussion. Major scales and sight reading of a melodic line in both clefs is also required.

Strings

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

Guitar

Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument. Royal Conservatory Grade VII or higher.

Composition

Submit a portfolio that represents current level of compositional ability and audition in one of the above areas.