Voice and Choir Auditions

Fall 2021 Auditions

University Chorus

This audition is for participation in:

  • University Chorus

Who is eligible to audition:

  • Voice majors should NOT audition - instead, audition for Schulich Singers/Concert Choir.
  • If you are auditioning for Schulich Singers/Concert Choir, do not audition for University Chorus. You will be placed in this ensemble if you are not placed in the other two ensembles.
  • This ensemble is open to non-music students.

Audition Instructions:

  • Complete the online choral audition form found here
  • Sign up for an audition time on the board across from C-209 (auditions are in groups of up to 5, so please add your name beside others).
  • Show up 5 minutes prior to your audition time.

Audition Material: The audition will include singing a short, familiar melody such as Happy Birthday (no need to prepare a song) as well as exercises to determine your vocal range and sight singing skills.

Audition Time/Date:

  • University Chorus Auditions, Day 1: August 31, 10:00 – 17:00 in Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C-209)
  • University Chorus Auditions, Day 2: September 1, 10:00 – 17:00 in East Lounge (next to Pollack Hall)

If a student auditions for SS and CC, they do NOT need to audition for UC, they will be placed in the ensemble if they aren’t selected for SS and CC.

Concert Choir and Schulich Singers

This audition is for participation in:

  • Concert Choir
  • Schulich Singers

Who is eligible to audition:

  • Anyone wishing to participate in the Schulich Singers or Concert Choir must audition (even if you are a returning student).
  • Voice majors, or those with at least one year of previous choral experience.
  • These ensembles are open to Non-Music students.

Audition instructions:

  • Complete the online choral audition form found here
  • Sign up for an audition time on the board across from C-209.
  • Show up 5 minutes prior to your audition time.

General Audition:

  • Solo piece of your choice (accompanist will be provided).
  • Rhythmic and melodic sight-singing
  • A chromatic scale: ascending from Do to Sol and then descending from Sol to Do. You may sing this on any syllable you choose, e.g. ta or doo.
  • Sing major/minor scales and major/minor/diminished/augmented triads – starting pitch will be given

Audition time/date:

  • Day 1: August 31, 9:30 – 16:00 in Tanna Schulich Hall
  • Day 2: September 1, 9:30 – 16:00 in Tanna Schulich Hall
  • Call Back for Schulich Singers: September 2, 10:00 – 11:00 in Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C-209).
    • Piece to prepare for the callback rehearsal: Adoro Te – Mel Bonis

Cappella Antica

This audition is for participation in:

  • Cappella Antica
    MUEN 572 Cappella Antica 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Who is eligible to audition:

  • Anyone wishing to participate in Cappella Antica must audition (even if you are a returning student).
  • Voice majors, or those with at least one year of previous choral experience.
  • These ensembles are open to non-music students.

Audition Instructions:

  • Complete the online audition form found here
  • Sign up for an audition time on the board across from C-209.
  • Show up 5 minutes prior to your audition time.

Audition Material:

  • Prepare one selection from the Baroque period or earlier.
  • Bring your own accompanist, piano and harpsichord available.
  • Sight reading may be given.

Audition Time/Date

  • Day 1: August 30, 9:30 – 17:00 in C-413

Early Music Ensemble - Voice Audition

This audition is for participation in:

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

  • Students who participated in an Early Music Ensemble (EME) 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 form found here
  • Sign up for an audition time on the board across from C-209.
  • Show up 5 minutes prior to your audition time.
  • This ensemble is open to non-music students.

Audition Material:

  • Prepare one selection from the Baroque period or earlier.
  • Bring your own accompanist, piano and harpsichord available.
  • Sight reading may be given.

Audition Time/Date

  • Day 1: August 30, 9:30 – 17:00 in C-413

Song Interpretation Audition

This audition is for participation in:

  • SONG INTERPRETATION 1 & 2 (MUEN 578 & MUEN 579) with Michael McMahon on Fridays.
    MUEN 578 Song Interpretation 1 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


    MUEN 579 Song Interpretation 2 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

These ensembles are not open to Non-Music students.
First Year Undergraduate Students are permitted to audition with permission from the teacher.
 

Audition Instructions:

  • Complete the online audition form found here
  • Sign up for an audition time on the board across from C-209.
  • Show up 5 minutes prior to your audition time.
  • Singers must provide their own pianist.

Audition Material: Voice: 2 art songs: 1 German Lied and 1 art song of your choice in a contrasting language.

Audition Time/Date:

  • Day 1: August 30, 10:00 – 17:00 in Tanna Schulich Hall
  • Day 2: August 31, 10:00 - 16:00 in Redpath Hall

Opera McGill

Opera McGill auditions are administrated by the Opera Area.

Audition Requirements

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  • You must provide your own accompanist

Audition Instructions:

  • Sign up for an audition time on the board across from C-209.
  • Show up 5 minutes prior to your audition time.
  • Singers must provide their own pianist.

Audition Time / Date

  • Dates: August 30, 31 (call-backs TBD)
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Wirth Opera Studio

If you have any further questions, please email the Opera McGill office: opera.music [at] mcgill.ca

Vocal Jazz Auditions

These auditions are for participation in:

  • Jazz Vocal Workshop - MUEN 563 001

    MUEN 563 Jazz Vocal Workshop 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Audition Instructions:

  • Audition Instructions:

  • Complete the online audition sign-up form found here:
  • Sign-up for an audition time on the board across from C-209.
  • Arrive 5 minutes prior to your audition time.

Audition date/time:

  • September 1, 9:00 – 12:00 in C-309

Audition Materials:

  • A song of your choice, preferably a jazz standard. A selection from outside of the jazz genre may be chosen as long as it exhibits an interesting melody that highlights your range and rhythmic capabilities.
  • You may also be asked to sight read one or two short, simple melodies in varying ranges of your voice.

 

*Previous jazz vocal interpretation/improvising as well as jazz choir (or other) experience is an asset but not a requirement for this ensemble. 

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Auditions

This audition is for participation in:

MUEN 553 Vocal Chamber Ensemble (Coordinator: Annamaria Popescu)

This ensemble is open to Voice Majors and Pianists.

Audition Instructions:

  • Complete the online audition form found here
  • Sign-up for an audition time on the board across from C-209.
  • Arrive 5 minutes prior to your audition time.
  • Singers must provide their own pianist.

Audition Material:

  • Voice: 2 art songs: 1 German Lied and 1 art song of your choice in a contrasting language

Audition Time/Date: 

  • Day 1: August 31, 17:30 – 21:30 in Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C-209)
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