Audition requirements

  • Please complete the supplemental application form and include the link to your audition recording using the Undergraduate Auditions button below by January 31.
  • Admission is based on the successful completion of the audition process and academic acceptance to the University of Victoria. 
  • You are welcome to contact individual instructors with any questions you may have.

In-person audition dates:

  • Saturday and Sunday, January 29 & 30, 2022
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 11 & 12, 2022

Students should select one weekend or the other; the exact date will be determined by instrument.

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 from at least two works representing contrasting musical periods
  • 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.

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.

Harp

  • 2-3 contrasting pieces and examples of technique at an RCM Grade 8 or higher.
  • Note that auditions must be performed on pedal harp.

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). 

Please note: If necessary, all repertoire may be presented without collaborative piano, in light of the impact of COVID-19. Please contact Dr. Suzanne Snizek directly with any questions or concerns regarding audition repertoire. 

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.
  • 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.

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.

Please contact Russel Bajer with any questions. 

Bassoon

Prepare three contrasting selections by style and/or period. These selections should include:

  • Two contrasting movements from a single concerto, sonata  or solo work, or two contrasting movements from different works.
  • A complete etude from a standard collection such as Weissenborn or Milde

Knowledge of all major, minor, and chromatic scales (2 octaves) is assumed and may be assessed during your audition.

A short repertoire suggestion list is available, but other repertoire is acceptable as long as it conforms to the required selection requirements.

Please contact Katrina Russell 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.  
  • The inclusion of some passages with piano accompaniment is desirable.

Accordion

  • 3 contrasting pieces to be played at level equal or higher than Palmer Hughes Book 9  
  • Stradella bass accepted
  • Free bass - welcome, but not necessary

Piano

  • Three contrasting works to be played from memory which are at the RCM Grade 10 level or higher.

Organ

  • Bach Trio Sonata
  • At least two other contrasting works from different time periods

 UVic offers organ instruction and practice facilities in collaboration with Christ Church Cathedral.

  • 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.

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)

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)