Admission

General

Applications for admission should be submitted online to the School of Graduate Studies. The application form can be found on their web site at www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/. Information about the admission procedures for the School of Graduate Studies can be found in the University Calendar at www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=GRAD-4515. Please consult this information for full details. Additional information for international students can be found at www.mun.ca/become/graduate/international/index.php.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Music program will normally hold a Bachelor of Music or equivalent from a recognized university or conservatory. Preference will be given to applicants who hold first class standing in their undergraduate program. Click here for audition locations and dates.

Specific Requirements: Conducting

Applications must include a list of recent and relevant conducting experiences, as well as a video recording of high quality demonstrating the candidate’s skills in both rehearsal and performance. The recording should include music of different styles and style periods, and should be sent directly to the School of Music.

After the videos have been reviewed, selected candidates will be invited for a live audition where the applicant will rehearse with a university ensemble. Music for this rehearsal will be determined in consultation with the School of Music.

Specific Requirements: Performance & Performance/Pedagogy

A recorded audition may be submitted on DVD (preferred) or CD if an in-person audition is an impossibility. Recordings must be of professional calibre and should be sent directly to the School of Music.

The audition program should display a range of performance styles and repertoire. All candidates are encouraged to include some repertoire composed within the last fifty years. Chamber music may be included up to a maximum of either: 25% of the total audition time OR one work as part of a balanced and varied audition program. Applicants may not be asked to play the entire program, but must be prepared to do so.

All accompanied repertoire, including concertos, must be performed with an accompanist. On request, the School will provide contact information for professional accompanists who are available in St. John’s for the live auditions.

Specific auditions requirements for each instrument are as follows:

Strings:

A balanced program of approximately 50 minutes of music which must include, among other works, the following:

Violin:

  • Two contrasting movements from J. S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
  • Two contrasting movements of a major Romantic concerto
  • One or more other contrasting selections of the applicant’s own choice

Viola:

  • Two contrasting movements from the Unaccompanied Suites for Cello by J. S. Bach
  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto from the standard repertoire
  • One or more other contrasting selections of the applicant’s own choice

Cello:

  • Two contrasting movements from the Unaccompanied Suites for Cello by J.S. Bach
  • Two contrasting movements of a major concerto for cello (e.g., Dvorak, Haydn, Lalo, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, etc.)
  • One or more other contrasting selections of the applicant’s own choice

Bass:

  • Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work for solo bass
  • Two contrasting movements of a major concerto
  • One or more other contrasting selections of the applicant’s own choice

Guitar:

  • Applicants should present a balanced recital program of approximately 50 minutes of music, including a wide range of styles and composers. Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.

Piano and Organ:

  • A balanced program of not less than 30 minutes in length, including a wide range of styles and composers.

Voice:

  • A balanced program of not less than 30 minutes in length. The program must include at least one major aria from opera or oratorio (with recitative) and at least one work written since 1960 (preferably Canadian). Repertoire must display a mastery of contrasting styles and include works sung in each of the following languages: English, French, German, and Italian.

Winds:

Flute

  • A program of approximately 50 minutes in length, including a wide range of styles and composers. Applicants are encouraged to include a work by Mozart or Bach, and a contemporary, non-tonal work.

Clarinet

  • A balanced program of approximately 50 minutes in length, including a wide range of styles and composers. Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.

Saxophone

  • A balanced program of approximately 50 minutes in length, including a wide range of styles and composers. Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.

Trumpet and Low Brass

  • A balanced program of approximately 50 minutes in length, including a wide range of styles and composers. Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.
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