Audition requirements

  • Please contact the individual instructor(s) for your instrument to set up an audition.
  • Repertoire requirements for each instrument group are provided below.
  • Admission to the program is dependent on admission to the University (via a standard application) AND successful completion of the audition process.
  • You are encouraged to audition on-site. YouTube video links are also welcome.
  • Voice applicants are asked to provide their own accompanist; for a list of qualified accompanists, please contact our administrator at .

Strings

  • Three contrasting movements from any works which demonstrate your highest level of achievement. 
  • Two of these movements need to be memorized.
  • You may be asked to play scales and arpeggios.

String Quartets

The Graduate String Quartet Program is open to pre-formed quartets only. Canadian and International ensembles are welcome to apply.  

  • For the first round, applicants are asked to submit an audio-visual recording consisting of 3 contrasting movements which reflect their highest level of playing.
  • Quartets considered as finalists will be asked to submit additional solo audition material, which will include 1 movement of a concerto and 2 contrasting movements of solo Bach.
  • Live auditions will be arranged with each quartet selected in the finals, either in person or through live-streaming. One quartet per year is chosen for this program. 

Piano

  • Prepare 45 minutes of music covering at least 3 different style periods.
  • Your program should be at a level equivalent to or higher than a fourth-year graduating recital.
  • It is recommended that applicants contact one of the co-heads in piano, Professors Arthur Rowe () or Bruce Vogt (), to discuss the suitability of repertory well in advance of the audition

Voice

  • Prepare a varied yet cohesive recital program of about 20 minutes duration.
  • You will be assessed on quality of voice, musicality, attention to text, knowledge of repertoire and linguistic skills. 
  • Please provide your own accompanist. DVD auditions are welcome. Audition times can be arranged directly with the Head of Voice.

Flute

For graduate flute auditions please contact Dr. Suzanne Snizek .

  • Two contrasting movements from a sonata (or the Partita for Solo Flute) by J. S. Bach;
  • One movement from a standard concerto (Mozart, Ibert, Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Jolivet, etc.);
  • One movement from a 20th- or 21st-century (tonal) sonata (Prokofieff, Poulenc, Muczynski, Morawetz, Liebermann, etc.);
  • One solo avant-garde work (i.e., atonal and/or including "extended techniques" such as the Sequenza by Berio, Mei by Fukushima, In a Living Memory by Ichiyanagi, Air by Takemitsu, Density 21.5 by Varèse, etc.);
  • Works with piano accompaniment must be presented with a pianist; you may bring your own pianist or make arrangements through the UVic Music office to hire a local pianist (music@uvic.ca).

Further information about the flute program may be found at the UVic Flute Blog.

Clarinet

  • The exposition from movement 1 of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto K. 622 AND two contrasting movements from any works demonstrating your highest level of performance.
  • Live auditions are preferred. A high quality recording will be accepted for students who cannot travel to UVic for an in-person audition.
  • Works with piano accompaniment must be presented with a pianist. The exposition of the Mozart Concerto maybe performed without piano.
  • Please  to hire a pianist for other works.

For more information about auditions visit the UVic clarinet studio website. Please contact clarinet instructor  with any questions.

Oboe

  • Applicants for Graduate study on the oboe should select a varied program of lyrical and technical works from oboe repertoire that would be appropriate for a graduating recital at the Bachelor of Music level.

Saxophone

  • MMus auditions should include at least three major works from the applicant’s fourth year of undergraduate study.  
  • Choose works from the list of recommended audition pieces or works of a similar level; see the UVic Saxophone Blog Spot and/or contact Professor Wendell Clanton .

Brass

  • Applicants for Graduate study should select lyrical and technical passages from solo repertoire that would be appropriate for a graduating recital at the Bachelor of Music level.
  • For DVD applicants, the inclusion of some passages with piano accompaniment is desirable.

Guitar

  • Applicants may audition with three suitable works such as a selection from a Bach suite or sonata, a classical or romantic work such as Giuliani, Coste, Regondi, or Barrios, and a modern work such as Brouwer, Takemitsu, Britten, Rodrigo, etc.
  • A live audition is preferred, but for candidates unable to travel to Victoria, a high-quality video may be submitted.