Audition requirements

Audition dates

  • Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020

Please see below for repertoire lists by instrument.

Audition requirements

The audition day includes an audition on your instrument/voice and an interview. We also offer an information session for parents. We encourage students and parents to spend additional time at the university on audition day. In addition:

  1. You are welcome to contact individual instructors with any questions you may have. 
  2. Admission is based on the successful completion of the audition process and academic acceptance to the University of Victoria. 
  3. Due to time constraints you may be stopped during the audition and asked to go on to the next piece.
  4. You are encouraged to audition in person. YouTube video links are also accepted.
  5. You are encouraged to bring an accompanist if necessary. If you cannot, you may hire a local pianist; for a list of qualified accompanists, please contact the School of Music (musicadmin@uvic.ca).
  6. For those auditioning for the undergraduate voice program, an accompanist is available. Sheet music for vocalists should be made available to the department at least three weeks before your scheduled appointment. Graduate voice applicants are asked to provide their own accompanists. For further information see the Voice audition section.
  7. If you have not applied for an audition through the UVic application system, please complete an application for audition.

Theory requirements

Completion of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Advanced Rudiments (Theory: Level 8) will enhance your success in the theory program at UVic.

For students with advanced theory skills, an optional exemption/placement test will be available prior to the start of classes to determine whether a student can advance to second year theory.

Keyboard proficiency

While there is no keyboard requirement upon entrance to the program, all second-year BMus students and transfer students whose principal instrument is not piano are required to take a keyboard proficiency exam. Resources are available to students to prepare for the exam.

Transfer students

Transfer students are still required to audition. Your audition will determine which year of individual lessons is most appropriate for you.

Audition specifics

Every instrument has its own audition requirements. This table will help you prepare for your audition.

 

Violin and Viola

  • Three contrasting movements from at least two works representing contrasting musical periods
  • Two movements need to be performed from memory
  • Major and minor scales

Cello

  • Three contrasting movements including one movement from the Solo Bach Suites and one movement from a classical or romantic concerto. The third movement may be from either piece or another piece of your choice
  • Two movements need to be performed from memory
  • Major and minor scales

Double Bass

  • One movement from standard double bass solo repertoire with accompaniment.
  • One double bass étude or solo Bach (from Cello Suites)
  • May be asked to play scales.

String Performance Program

Acceptance into the Performance Program is by audition usually after the second year in the program. 

  • Three movements of solo Bach – memorized
  • One movement of a major concerto including the cadenza – memorized
  • One movement of a sonata or a show piece of your choice

Guitar

The classical guitar program at UVic seeks applicants that have previous experience with classical technique and repertoire. Most applicants are playing at the Grade 7 or 8 level and are looking to further extend serious study of the guitar. 

  • Appropriate audition material would be classical pieces showing an understanding of different styles eg. Bach, renaissance, romantic or contemporary periods.  
  • For auditions, a nylon strung classical guitar played with nails is required. Original compositions or electric or steel string guitars are not permitted for a UVic audition.

Flute

  • Two contrasting movements from a Baroque sonata of your choice (such as any Sonata for Flute by J. S. Bach or Handel) OR a single movement from a Classical period concerto (such as a movement from a Mozart concerto) AND
  • One work from the Flute Music by French Composers collection (edited by Louis Moyse) OR any short unaccompanied work from the 20th or 21st century (such as Hypnosis by Ian Clarke, Density 21.5 by Varèse, Syrinx by Debussy, Icicle by Aitken, etc.) OR  a movement of your choice from a 20th century sonata (such as those by Poulenc or Hindemith). 
  • You may also be asked to play major and minor scales and arpeggios. 

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

Clarinet

  • One odd-numbered and one even-numbered selection of your choice from Cyrille Rose, 32 Etudes for Clarinet. 
  • Two contrasting movements of your choice from the Classical or Romantic period, demonstrating technique and style OR a movement from the Classical or Romantic period and one selection from the 20th century. 
  • Sight-reading (provided). 
  • Major, minor, and chromatic scales and arpeggios, up to four sharps and flats. 

The clarinet entry level is in the equivalency range of RCM grade 8. 
Please contact Professor Shawn Earle with any questions.

Oboe

  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto that demonstrate an ability to play in a slow, lyrical manner as well as in a fast, articulate style OR 2 contrasting études from the Barret 40 Progressive Melodies.
  • The audition will also include scales and arpeggios as well as sight-reading.

Please contact Professor Russel Bajer with any questions. 

Bassoon

Please contact Professor Jenny Gunter with any questions. 

Saxophone

  • One composition drawn from the standard concert repertoire that demonstrates legato, expressive playing, as well as one contrasting fast composition that demonstrates technical facility and articulation.
  • Choose works from the list of recommended audition pieces or works of a similar level (see UVic Saxophone blog spot and/or contact Professor Wendell Clanton at ).
  • One musical example that demonstrates legato, expressive playing, as well as contrasting material that demonstrates technical facility and articulation. Examples can be drawn from traditional solo repertoire or études.  
  • Sight reading may be given.
  • For YouTube/Vimeo applicants, the inclusion of some passages with piano accompaniment is desirable.
  • Three contrasting works to be played from memory which are at the RCM Grade 10 level or higher 
  • Sightreading
  • Six contrasting classical selections in several languages (English is required. German, Italian and French are advised. Other foreign language songs may also be considered). 
  • Works may be drawn from the folk, baroque, classical and 20th century song repertoire. 
  • Within the six selections, include one opera aria and/or solo from the oratorio repertoire. One selection from Broadway may be included but is optional.
  • You will be assessed on quality of voice, musicality, attention to text, knowledge of repertoire and linguistic skills.

Percussion: 1st Year

First year applicants will be required to demonstrate their playing ability in at least two of the following areas of percussion playing: timpani, keyboard percussion, snare drum.

Required works:

  • Snare Drum: Goldenberg, Modern School for Snare Drum — pg. 44, quarter note = 116
  • Timpani: Goodman, Modern Method for Timpani — Exercise 26, pg. 46
  • Keyboard Percussion: Goldenberg, Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone — pg. 94 (beginning to 5 measures after letter D)
  • Technical exercises: Standard rudiments on the snare drum, major and harmonic minor scales (two octaves)

Percussion: Transfers

Transfer applicants must demonstrate their ability in the following areas of percussion playing: timpani, keyboard percussion and snare drum.

Required works:

  • Snare Drum: Delécluse 12 Etudes — No. 1, 6 or 9
  • Timpani: Solo of choice (eg. John Beck, Sonata for Timpani, Movement II)
  • Keyboard percussion: Solo of choice (eg. Mexican Dances by Stout, Yellow after the Rain by Peters)