Studio Audition Requirements

Music Studio and Music/Education

Who Auditions?

Because the music studio audition is a requirement for admission for the university as well as music studio courses, it is important to know who needs to audition and when.

  • B.Mus - Music
  • B.Mus - Music/B.Education
  • BA - Music/B.Education: audition is optional. Only required to take music studio courses
  • Transfer applicants: audition will establish the studio level you are qualified to enter.
  • Post-Diploma applicants: admission is dependent on auditioning successfully at an appropriate music studio level.
  • BA – Music: audition is not required for admission, but is required to take music studio courses. Talk to an advisor about this further.

Evaluation Schedule

Intake: Fall

Fall

Live

  • February 2 & 3 – First round live auditions*
  • March 2 & 3 – Second round live auditions *
  • May 11 & 12 - Final round live auditions **

Online

Submit your information prior to one of these dates

  • March 15 – First round online auditions
  • June 15 – Final online auditions

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

Scholarships

Some Entrance Scholarships are available based on live auditions and completing the appropriate scholarship application form by the deadline, further information provided at audition.

Audition Information

Live Audition Procedure

  1. Submit your University application for admission to the University prior to submitting portfolio
  2. Submit your Studio Audition application to the Music department
  3. Accompaniment: Auditions MUST be accompanied (unless the piece was written as a solo without any accompaniment) and applicants must supply their own accompanist for live audition. The Music department has a list of accompanists that you may hire (there will be a costs associated with this), if you cannot provide your own, but you need to contact them at least two weeks prior to the scheduled live audition. 403-329-2495 or music@uleth.ca.
  4. Interview: A short interview is held at the time of the live audition, though the Music Department reserves the right to request a personal interview/audition for any applicant.
  5. 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 accepted).
  6. Audition

Audition Requirements

Brass

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.

Composition

Portfolio Content

Submit a portfolio that represents your current level of compositional ability.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Audition

Choose one of the listed instrument/voice area to audition in to show the committee your experience and background in music.

Guitar

Two contrasting selections from concert guitar repertoire. A RCM Grade VIII level of performance is expected.

Technique and Repertoire: (See the RCM Guitar syllabus gr. 8 for details). A fluent knowledge of all 2 and 3 octave

diatonic Major and Minor scales and Chromatic scales. Scales should be played with R.H. finger alternations, free and

rest strokes. All major, minor triads and Dominant 7th’s in solid chords and standard arpeggio patterns.

Repertoire of 30-45 min. of music from Renaissance and earlier to contemporary styles. (RCM Grade VI or higher).

Music reading: Proficiency in note reading in all fretboard positions. Sight-reading should be at a RCM Grade IV level or

higher.

Instrument: Nylon string classical guitar with standard dimensions (c.50 – 54 mm fretboard width at the nut) and no

cut-away.

It’s advised that you contact the Studio guitar instructor before applying for audition.

Piano

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

Memorization strongly encouraged.

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.

Voice

Prospective students are required to:

  • 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 one operetta/light opera selection (i.e. Strauss, Lehar, Romberg, Gilbert and Sullivan).
  • Prepare an assigned Quick Study and perform it to the best of their ability (preferably from memory). The Quick Study (song) will be e-mailed to the applicant four days in advance of the live audition.
  • Demonstrate rhythmic acuity and sight singing skills by clapping and singing short passages (supplied at audition).

Woodwinds

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.

Online Audition Submission

  1. Submit your University application for admission to the University prior to submitting portfolio
  2. Submit your Studio Audition application to the Music department
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Slideroom Information

You may upload 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 USD fee is charged at the time of submission.

 

Questions? …Get Answers

Admission and Portfolio Advisor

Faculty of Fine Arts

Phone: (403) 380-1864

Email: finearts.admissions@uleth.ca