Auditions and Screening: Opera and Voice M.Mus.

The impact of COVID-19 has altered the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. We will not be holding on-campus auditions.

All auditions will be conducted by video recordings. Deadline to submit recorded auditions:  February 1, 2021

For programs normally requiring screening material, screening for Fall 2021 is not required. Please continue to monitor the admission website for any adjustments to the admission process and audition repertoire.

Questions: please contact graduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (the admission office)

Current McGill students

Note: Students who wish to use their final recital as an entrance audition run the risk of not being considered for entrance scholarships due to the difference in the timing of audition decisions and recitals. We encourage students to submit a recorded audition by February 1st.

Recorded auditions

You must upload a video recording by February 1, which will be considered your audition.

  • Virtual interviews and online interactions may be scheduled for select applicants. Applicants may be contacted after admission material has been submitted. You are not required to sign up in advance.
  • For Fall 2021 admission, you can present material with or without the use of a piano. You can use a pre-recorded track, or sing a cappella, whatever is available to you. As a reminder all material should be sung from memory.

  • Make sure the sound quality on your video recording is excellent. Re-record a piece if it does not sound clear. Your recordings should be less than 8 months old.
  • You can submit recordings from live performances as long as the recording is not too distant overall, and that the sound of the voice is very clear.
  • For all recordings, less reverberant sound capture is more indicative of the singer’s abilities and therefore a more suitable and effective submission.
  • We accept avi, mov, mp4 or wmv formats. 
  • Follow the instructions to upload your video by February 1.  Upload times depend on file size and speed of service provider.

Recorded audition repetoire

Prepare 30 minutes of memorized material from which the audition panel will make a selection. At least one aria must have significant recitative and one aria should be in English. Include pieces in English, French, German and Italian.

If you want to focus on opera repertoire, prepare 6 from the first 7 categories:

  • 1 baroque aria (Pre-Gluck)
  • 1 aria by Mozart
  • 1 aria from the 19th century
  • 1 aria from the 20th or 21st centuries
  • 1 aria of choice in a language not represented from the above categories
  • 1 short mélodie
  • 1 short Lied
  • optional additional selection from any operetta or musical theatre piece

If you want to focus on voice/recital repertoire, prepare:

  • 1 opera aria
  • 1 oratorio aria
  • 1 aria of choice
  • 2 mélodies
  • 2 Lieder
  • 1 song written after 1960
  • 1 song of choice
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