Faculty of Music

Audition Process/Requirements

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How to schedule an Audition

Audition dates for 2017:

Please ensure that your instrument/interview is available on the date selected. To register, click on your preferred date and follow the on-screen instructions.

Thursday, February 23 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor of Music: flute, bassoon, piano
Interviews: Bachelor of Arts

Friday, February 24 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor of Music: trumpet, horn, bass trombone, tuba, piano, voice
Interviews: Music Administrative Studies, Popular Music Studies

Saturday, March 4 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor of Music: clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello

Saturday, March 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor of Music: bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano, voice, violin, cello, double bass
Interviews: Bachelor of Arts

Saturday, March 18 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor of Music: flute, saxophone, trumpet, horn, bass trombone, tuba, percussion, voice, violin, cello, double bass
Interviews: Bachelor of Arts, Music Administrative Studies, Popular Music Studies

Saturday, April 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor of Music: flute, clarinet, piano, violin
Interviews: Bachelor of Arts, Music Administrative Studies, Popular Music Studies

Saturday, April 8 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor of Music: piano, voice, guitar
Interviews: Bachelor of Arts, Music Administrative Studies, Popular Music Studies

Saturday, April 15 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

One-Year Artist Diploma and Three-Year Music Performance Diploma: keyboard and orchestral instruments

Monday, April 17 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

One-Year Artist Diploma and Three-Year Music Performance Diploma: voice

Oboe applicants: Please contact Sasha Gorbasew (agorbase@uwo.ca) and Shelley Heron (sheron2@uwo.ca) to arrange a date for an audition.

Audition Fee

Once in the registration area you can pay the $50 audition fee by credit card, which will complete your audition registration.

Applicants who are not able to book and pay for an audition using our online system should contact ovandeli@uwo.ca to request a paper (by mail or in person) or PDF (by email) form. If submitting a form by mail, cheques or money orders should be made payable to Western University. Payment must be received before an audition or interview can be scheduled (regardless of whether the applicant chooses to bring their own accompanist or use a provided accompanist).

Forms

Applicants should also ensure the faculty has received the following by February 15:

Please note that conservatory certificates are not required. Nevertheless, conservatory grades do give some indication of the expected level. For most instruments, Grade VIII is the expected level; for piano, most successful applicants have achieved at least the Grade IX level.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants are expected to audition in person, but those living outside Ontario, or by special permission, may send a DVD or Private YouTube or Vimeo link, prepared according to the following conditions:

The recording should be accompanied by a certificate which states that:

  1. The performer is the applicant
  2. The audition was completed in one session, and
  3. The recording is unedited.

This certificate must be signed by a responsible person, other than the applicant, who was present during the taping.

Please send the recorded audition to:

Odilla Van Delinder
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College Room 210
Western University
1151 Richmond St.
London, Ontario
N6A 3K7
E-mail: ovandeli@uwo.ca

What to Expect at Your Audition

What to Play at Your Audition

Repertoire and technique requirements by instrument or program:

Theory Placement Test

All applicants are required to take an online Theory Placement Test preferably before the day of their audition. The purpose of the test is twofold: firstly, to ensure that the student is registered in the appropriate theory course for first year (which might include a remedial correspondence course in the summer prior to first year) and secondly, as a part of the overall assessment for admission. If necessary, the test may be written on the audition day.

Approximately one-third of the Theory Placement Test is devoted to ear-training questions. The remaining parts of the test cover rudiments, harmony and voice leading, figured bass, and questions about phrase structure and simple forms. To prepare, students should review the content in the related conservatory theory rudiments for the expected grade level of their instrument (listed above).

Applicants are asked to take the online Theory Placement Test by their audition day.

Piano Proficiency Requirement

Piano proficiency is not tested at the audition but students in the Honors Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Musical Arts programs, whose principal instrument is not piano, are required to reach a level of proficiency in piano equivalent to Conservatory Grade VI by the end of first year and prior to entry of second year.

To meet this requirement students must:

     A) present a conservatory piano certificate of Grade 6 or higher
               or
     B) or take a piano proficiency examination at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. 

Applicants for whom piano is not the principal instrument and who have little or no knowledge of the piano are urged to prepare for the piano requirement as early as possible, preferably before admission to the Faculty.

Contact Us


For more information on the Undergraduate Admission Process, please contact:

Odilla Van Delinder
Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
Phone: 519-661-2044
E-mail: ovandeli@uwo.ca

and/or

Sasha Gorbasew
Recruitment Co-ordinator
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80532
E-mail: agorbase@uwo.ca

By mail:

Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College Room 210
Western University
1151 Richmond St.
London, Ontario
N6A 3K7