Auditions: Orchestral Instruments & Guitar M.Mus.

The impact of COVID-19 has complicated 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 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 February 1. Upload times depend on file size and speed of service provider.

Audition Repertoire

Unless noted otherwise, performances should include piano accompaniment where appropriate (for example: sonatas, concertos or other works with piano accompaniment).

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

  • Videos must be complete, unedited takes, with no edits between pieces.
  • Include your name and instrument in your video's file name.
  • Submit a list of your recorded pieces in the order in which they appear in your video.
  • Videos should be approximately 20-25 minutes in length.
  • Prepare a program of free choice repertoire, demonstrating at least three contrasting styles.
  • Applicants may include chamber music as part of their audition repertoire.

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 the current circumstances prevent you accessing some of the required instruments (such as timpani or multi-percussion), please contact our percussion area coordinator, fabrice.marandola [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Fabrice Marandola), to arrange for substitutes.
  • You are encouraged to select musical works that reflect the artistic direction that you envision to develop during your Master’s degree.

Strings

Audition Video Requirements Strings

  • Videos must be complete, unedited takes
  • You may record individual works and/or movements as separate tracks, but you must combine all tracks into one video file before submission
  • Include your name and instrument in your video's file name
  • Submit a list of your recorded pieces in the order in which they appear in your video

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

Piano accompaniment, where applicable, is encouraged, but not 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

(Piano accompaniment is encouraged not required)

Clarinet

  • Prepare 30 minutes of repertoire.
    Repertoire may include solo repertoire from various musical periods, orchestral excerpts, and études

Flute

All Graduate Programs:

  • Mozart Concerto in G or D Major, complete, with cadenzas
  • Bach Sonata in E Minor, 1st and 2nd Movements
  • Prokofiev Sonata 1st Movement
    AND
    Choose between A or B

    A. Any piece from Flute Music by French Composers or Dutilleux Sonatine
    and
    Piece of candidate’s choice 5 minutes

    B. Orchestral Excerpts (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
  • Brahms, Johannes: Symphony no. 4, op. 98
  • Stravinsky, Igor: Firebird Suite (1919 version)
  • Stravinsky, Igor: Petrouchka (1947 revised edition)
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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