Orchestral Instrumental Auditions

Large Ensemble Audition

Violin: The placement audition for large ensembles is mandatory for all new incoming students (Undergraduate and Graduate, except D.Mus.), including former students who are returning for a new degree. All other violin students only need to take the audition if they want to be considered for principal positions. An online audition form must be submitted.

Viola, Cello and Double Bass: The placement audition for large ensembles is mandatory for all viola and cello students, new and returning. (Undergraduate and Graduate, except D.Mus.). An online audition form must be submitted.

Questions or concerns? Contact ensembles.music [at] mcgill.ca (Christa Emerson), Ensemble Resource Supervisor.

Large Ensemble Audition

The Orchestral Large Ensemble Audition covers the following ensembles:

  • McGill Symphony Orchestra
    MUEN 597 McGill Symphony Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CME (Contemporary Music Ensemble)
    MUEN 594 Contemporary Music Ensemble 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • McGill Wind Orchestra
    MUEN 590 McGill Wind Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Audition instructions

​Fall 2021 instrumental ensemble placement audition schedule*:

•  All auditions are blind auditions. A few days prior to your audition, you will receive an approximate audition time via email, as well as a time to check into the warmup room. This schedule will also be available in your warmup room on the day of your audition, as well as outside room E-110. Make sure you check your email regularly for more information.

*If you cannot attend the live audition, you may submit a video and an mp3 recording using the online form. Recordings should contain all the excerpts recorded in one take. The deadline for recordings is August 15, 11:59 PM EST.

  • Day 1: Monday, August 30 between 9:30 - 21:00
  • Day 2: Tuesday, August 31 between 9:30 – 21:00
Instrument Date  Warmup Room Audition Start Time Audition Room
Bassoon Aug. 30

E-109

16:00

Clara Lichtenstein Hall

Cello Aug. 30 E-109

9:30

Clara Lichtenstein Hall

Clarinet

Aug. 31 E-109 11:30 Pollack Hall

Double Bass

Aug. 31 C-309

9:30

Pollack Hall

Flute Aug. 30

C-302

2:00

Pollack Hall

Harp n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Horn

Aug. 30

C-309

14:30

C-310
Oboe Aug. 31

C-302

15:00

Pollack Hall

Percussion

Aug. 31

C-101/C-109

10:00

C-101

Saxophone Aug. 31

C-302

17:30

Pollack Hall

Trumpet Aug. 30

C-309

11:00

C-310

Trombone & Bass trombone Aug. 31

C-302

10:00

C-310
Tuba/Euphonium Aug. 31 C-309 13:00 C-310

Viola

Aug. 31 C-309 15:00 C-310
Violin Aug. 30 C-302 9:30 Pollack Hall

Small Ensemble Audition

All orchestral instrumental students are required to do an assigned small ensemble (chamber music) in addition to a large ensemble. Degree requirements and assignment procedure vary for Strings/Woodwind/Brass Areas.

Policy:

Strings/Mixed Chamber Music Policy: PDF icon Here

Woodwind & Brass small-ensemble assignments are based on large-ensemble audition results. Strings Chamber Music has a separate coordination process (please read the Strings/Mixed Chamber Music Policy above). There will be more information given during student orientation. Procedures will be explained, questions answered and initiatives announced.

Small Ensembles (Chamber Music) Credits are restricted to students enrolled in performance programs in the Faculty of Music unless special permission has been granted by the relevant coordinator.

Coordinators:

- Strings/Mixed Chamber Music Coordinator: jinjoo.cho [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Jinjoo Cho)chamber.music [at] mcgill.ca

- Woodwind Chamber Music Coordinator: jacqueline.leclair [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Jacqueline LeClair)

- Brass Chamber Music Coordinator: russ.devuyst [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Russell DeVuyst)

Early Music Ensemble Audition

This audition is for participation in:

  • Early Music Ensemble (EME)
    MUEN 580 Early Music Ensemble 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • Baroque Orchestra
    MUEN 573 Baroque Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • Students who participated in EME / Baroque Orchestra in a previous semester do not need to complete an audition. Simply fill out the online form to indicate your interest and you will be placed in an ensemble.

Audition Instructions:

  • Complete the online audition sign-up form found here
  • Sign-up for an audition time on the board across from C-209

Audition Material:

  • Prepare one selection from the Baroque period or earlier.
  • Please bring your own accompanist.  Harpsichord and piano will be available.
  • Sight reading may be given.

Audition Time/Date (Early Music Ensemble / Baroque Orchestra):

  • Tuesday, August 31 from 9:30 – 17:00 in C-413

Beethoven Orchestra

*please note that space in the class is limited for Fall 2021

This audition is for participation in:

BEETHOVEN ORCHESTRA

MUEN 567 Beethoven Orchestra 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

This ensemble is open to Non-Music students.

Audition Instructions:

  • Non- music students need to audition with the professor prior to the first class meeting.
  • Music students do not need to play an audition.

Audition Material:

  • A short piece demonstrating your abilities on your instrument
  • Sight reading of a short orchestral excerpt on your respective instrument
  • Be prepared to sight read from among these excerpts:
    - Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra, 1st mvt
    - Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st mvt)
    - Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, 1st and 2nd mvt
    - Debussy - La Mer, 1st mvt
    - Mozart - Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major K. 543 (particularly mvts 1 and 2)
    - Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major, 1st mvt
    - Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

Audition Time and Date: Friday, September 10, 14:00 - 17:00

Students auditioning should arrive at the designated room during that time frame. Professor Hauser will hear students in the order that they arrive.

Audition Locations: C-302

Please direct questions regarding the Beethoven Orchestra auditions to the Ensemble Office: ensembles.music [at] mcgill.ca

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