Audition Guidelines by Instrument - MMUS Performance & Performance/Pedagogy

All Master of Music applicants are required to perform an audition. Specific audition 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:

  • 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.

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.
  • Trumpets auditioning for the NSO/Chamber Music program will be required to prepare a short list of orchestral excerpts set by the musical director of the NSO.

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. The video should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length and consist of a rehearsal, as well as a run through of the works being rehearsed (the performance portion may also include a video of a concert performance). The video must show the conductor from a full frontal point of view for at least part of the recording, preferable the rehearsal portion. The recording should include music of different styles and style periods, and should be sent directly to the School of Music.
  • For those interested in pursuing the combined program the video should consist of a choral work and an instrumental work.

Contact

School of Music

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000