Audition Guidelines

All Master of Music applicants are required to submit an audition video. Review deadlines and dates of live auditions here.

The following audition requirements apply to both the Performance and Performance/Pedagogy programs:

Strings

A balanced program of not less than 30 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 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 of music, including a wide range of styles and composers.

Voice

A balanced program of not less than 30 minutes of music. 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

A balanced program of not less than 30 minutes of music which must include a wide range of styles and composers. Repertoire selections by composers from marginalized and under-represented groups are encouraged.

Flute

  • Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.

Clarinet

  • Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.

Saxophone

  • Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.

Brass

  • Applicants are encouraged to include pieces which display technique, flexibility, and musicianship.
Conducting

Applicants to the Conducting program first submit pre-screening videos.

The video should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length and, if possible, consist of a rehearsal and performance. (The performance portion of the video can be a complete run through in a rehearsal setting.) The video must show the conductor from a frontal point of view for at least portion of the recording, preferably the rehearsal portion. The recording should ideally include music of different styles and style periods.

For those interested in pursuing the combined program the video should consist of a choral work and an instrumental work.

In order to demonstrate your abilities and musicianship, you may wish to also submit video material of a performance in which you play your instrument or sing.

Once School of Music faculty have reviewed the pre-screening videos, they will extend invitations to select applicants to visit the Memorial University campus for in-person conducting auditions with School of Music ensembles and interviews with conducting faculty (2022 date TBD).

Applicants must also submit a list of recent and relevant conducting experiences.

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