Detailed information on audition requirements and application procedures for the School of Music can be found at for undergraduates and at for graduate students. Below is a summary of audition requirements for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. This page also contains advice for undergraduate auditionees and tips for submitting a recorded audition.


Audition requirements can be found at

In brief, prospective undergraduate flutists should prepare:

1. One nineteeth century, twentieth century or contemporary work of your choice;

2. One baroque or classical work. A list of suggested works in provided in the audition requirements at the link above.

3. Scales: all major, harmonic minor, melodic minor and chromatic, two octaves.

4. Sight reading.

Good resources to help you select your “own choice” piece are the National Flute Association's graded repertoire list and the Royal Conservatory exam syllabus. Any work graded NFA level “G” or above is acceptable, as is any piece Grade 8 or higher from the RCM lists.

If you would like to substitute an alternative piece for the set work or would like to check the suitability of a piece for your "own choice" selection, please e-mail me at

Advice for Undergrad Auditions

  • When picking your repertoire, make sure the two pieces really contrast with each other stylistically as well as musically. If you are doing a Handel sonata as one piece, avoid Mozart for the other (that wouldn't fit our guidelines anyway!). Try to demonstrate both musical and technical development in your audition by playing something fast and something slow, something slurred and something tongued, etc.
  • Really prepare the scales! If you don’t prepare the whole audition we wonder why, and whether or not you will be able to meet the challenges of university music study.
  • As with all performances, begin your preparation well in advance. Months of practice will stand you in good stead when you are a bit nervous.
  • Remember, we are looking forward to hearing you play!


Prospective graduate flutists should prepare:

A recital program of approximately 50 minutes in length from which the Committee will select excerpts. Applicants should ensure that a wide range of styles and composers are represented in their selected works, and are encouraged to include: a work by Mozart or Bach; a contemporary, non-tonal work. Generally, your 4th year/senior recital repertoire will be suitable.

Tips for Recorded Auditions

I am happy to accept recorded auditions. I would suggest:

  • Submit the highest quality recording that you can. Use good quality equipment, including the microphone. Take time to experiment with mic placement and recording levels before you record your audition.
  • Avoid editing. It is to your advantage that the audition committee hears the truest possible representation of your playing. A live recording is preferred.
  • Although not mandatory, submit a DVD of a recital if you have one. The visual element provides additional helpful information.

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