Auditions: Piano 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 [at] (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.
  • 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

Prepare 40 minutes of memorized solo recital material from major composers (see below).


  • One or more movements of a sonata (or a set of variations) from the 18th/early 19th century, e.g., Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert.
  • One piece in a romantic style from the 19th century, e.g., Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms.
  • One or more selections from these options:
    • A 17th/18th century piece, e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, Handel, Couperin.
    • A piece from the end of the 19th/early 20th century, e.g., Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Albeniz, Schoenberg, Reger, Scriabin, Berg, Rachmaninoff, Franck.
    • A 20th century piece (up to c.1950), e.g., Bartok, Webern, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Prokofieff, Messiaen.
    • A contemporary piece, e.g., Stockhausen, Boulez, Berio, Xenakis, Mather, Cherney, Tremblay (memorization for this category is optional).
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