MMus in Performance

Our MMus in Performance program offers a unique experience focused on individual mentorship and professional development as teachers, coaches, mentors, and collaborators in ways that far exceed what other programs offer.

Study one-on-one

Graduate students are admitted on a one-to-one basis to study with specific faculty. It is rare for a faculty member to have more than a few graduate students at a given time, which means our students receive individualized attention from their supervisors while also acting as role models and mentors for our undergraduates. 

Learn from the best

Our faculty have experience in internationally renowned ensembles while maintaining careers as solo and chamber musicians. Graduate students receive similar training, combining expert coaching in small, large, and solo genres of performance.

Our faculty also arrange performance opportunities with professional ensembles for our students on a regular basis.

The academic side of our program is also unique. Many of our academic faculty have performance backgrounds and maintain active careers as professional and studio musicians. Our academic seminars  are designed with performers in mind, providing broad training in topics important for interpreters of historical and contemporary music.

Application requirements

Acceptance to the program requires specialization at an advanced level in a specific instrument. Applicants are encouraged to audition in person. The audition repertoire should reflect a level of difficulty and variety appropriate for a graduate program and be at least 30 minutes in duration.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the primary instructor of their instrument to discuss repertoire and book an audition. 

If a live audition is not possible, an audio recording (preferably with video) may be accepted with approval of the instructor. 

Internal candidates may either audition in person or use their BMus graduating recital as their audition, provided that the recital takes place before March 1.

MMus in Performance — Emphasis in String Quartet 

The MMus in String Quartet Performance program is the only of its kind in Canada. Designed for pre-existing string quartets, members recieve individual and ensemble mentorship to develop quartet repertoire in preparation for a career in chamber music.

Members of the Lafayette String Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at the University of Victoria, mentor students in all aspects of performance, instruction, coaching, and professional development. 

During the two-year program, the graduate quartet will hone its skills through various outreach programs and ensembles in the community facilitated by the Lafayette Quartet. 

A quartet wishing to enter the program must arrange for an audition through members of the Lafayette String Quartet. Each of the students comprising the quartet audition both separately and as a quartet.

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