Auditions: Orchestral Instruments & Guitar M.Mus.

Come to Montreal and audition on campus if possible. If you cannot travel, send us a recorded video audition by December 15th, after you've applied.

Audition options and repertoire

On-campus audition dates 2023:

Applicants with disabilities who require accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the undergraduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (admissions office) in advance of their audition date.

Check uApply for your individual audition date, time, location and accompanist information.

You must email graduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (our admissions staff) to confirm whether or not you will attend.

  • Bassoon: TBA
  • Cello: TBA
  • Clarinet: TBA
  • Double Bass: TBA
  • Flute: TBA
  • French Horn: TBA
  • Guitar: TBA
  • Harp: TBA
  • Oboe: TBA
  • Percussion: TBA
  • Saxophone: TBA
  • Trombone:TBA
  • Trumpet: TBA
  • Tuba/Euphonium: TBA
  • Viola: TBA
  • Violin: TBA

 

To prepare for your on-campus audition:

  • Check your audition repertoire requirements. Choose material that you are comfortable playing and that showcases your musicianship and technical proficiency.
  • Prepare to be interviewed about your experience and your educational and professional goals.
  • If you are coming from outside Canada, check with Immigration Canada for travel document requirements.

 

On audition day:

IMPORTANT:  PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING
  • Review and adhere to Health Guidelines (includes info on mask, distancing.)
  • Review the required screening questions on the morning of your planned visit and refrain from coming to campus if you answer yes to any of the questions. If you cannot attend your on campus audition you will be given the opportunity to submit a recorded audition. Please contact the admissions office as soon as possible in this situation.
  • In order to limit the number of people in our buildings we ask that only applicants and accompanists (if applicable) who are auditioning enter the music buildings. We apologize to parents, family, etc. for this inconvenience.
  • For applicants travelling from outside Canada please ensure you adhere to all Travel Guidelines.
  • For applicants who wishes to bring their own accompanist please contact jennifer.stephenson [at] mcgill.ca (Ms Jennifer Stephenson) in the performance office for additional information.

Recorded auditions

If you cannot participate in on-campus auditions due to travel constraints, you must upload a video recording by December 15th which will be considered your final audition.

  • 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.
  • We accept avi, mov, mp4 or wmv formats. 
  • Follow the instructions to upload your video by December 15th. Upload times depend on file size and speed of service provider.

Repertoire

  • The repertoire for on-campus and recorded auditions is the same.
  • Performances should include piano accompaniment where appropriate (for example: sonatas, concertos or other works with piano accompaniment).

Audition repertoire

Brass

Choose one of the following M.Mus. repertoire options:

  • Chamber Music: 60 minutes of recital material (solo and/or chamber music) in various styles.
  • Orchestral: 40 minutes of recital material, 20 minutes of standard orchestral excerpts.
  • Solo: 60 minutes of solo recital material in various styles.

Guitar

For Live Auditions

  • Prepare 60 minutes of free choice repertoire, demonstrating at least three contrasting styles
  • Applicants may include chamber music as part of their audition repertoire

Please note that for recorded auditions, guitar applicants must submit one video with all pieces recorded in one take.

Harp

  • Prepare approximately 40 minutes of repertoire.
  • Include four works in different styles, including a 20th century composition and an étude.
  • You may be asked to sight-read.

Percussion

  • Be prepared to demonstrate ability on all basic percussion instruments, i.e., timpani, keyboard percussion, snare drum, multiple percussion.
  • If you are auditioning on campus (which is preferred) and your percussion solos require a large setup, you can submit videos of them to the Percussion Area Chair in advance of your audition.

Strings

You will be assessed for scholarships based on your audition. No additional application is required.

For cello, prepare (memorized):

  • One study by either Servais or Piatti.
  • The prelude and two other contrasting movements of a Suite by J.S. Bach.
  • A fast and a slow movement from any classical, romantic or modern concerto.

For double bass prepare:

  • One movement from a Suite by J.S. Bach.
  • A complete concerto.
  • A contemporary work.
  • 4 orchestral excerpts.

For viola, prepare (memorized):

  • One caprice by Campagnoli.
  • The prelude and two other contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Suite by J.S. Bach.
  • A fast and a slow movement from a major concerto.

For violin, prepare (memorized):

  • A complete major concerto from the 19th or 20th century.
  • Two contrasting movements from the solo sonatas and partitas by J.S. Bach.
  • A Paganini caprice.

Woodwinds

Flute

All Graduate Programs:

  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Concerto in G or D Major, 1st Movement, with cadenza
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian, Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034, 1st and 2nd Movements
  • Prokofiev, Sergei, Sonata, Op. 94, 1st Movement
  • Piece(s) of the candidate’s choice (students are encouraged to perform a piece by a traditionally underrepresented composer however this is not mandatory).

    AND

    Choose between A or B

    A. Any piece from Flute Music by French Composers or an equivalent piece from the French repertoire.

    B. Orchestral Excerpts (Excerpts are found in Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Piano Accompaniment, Jeanne Baxtresser & Martha Rearick, Theodore Presser Company)

    • Ravel, Maurice: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
    • Debussy, Claude: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, L. 86
    • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Leonore Overture no. 3, op. 72
    • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben, Soprano aria from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
    • Mendelssohn, Felix Bartholdy: Symphony no. 4, “Italian”, op. 90
       
All other woodwind instruments:
  • Prepare 60 minutes of repertoire.
    Repertoire may include solo repertoire from various musical periods, orchestral excerpts, and études.
 
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