How to Apply to Western Music

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Need more information about applying to Western Music? We're here to help!

Odilla Van Delinder
Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
519-661-2044
ovandeli@uwo.ca

Sasha Gorbasew
Recruitment Co-ordinator
519-661-2111 x80532
agorbase@uwo.ca

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

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Application Process

1) Apply to Western University through the Ontario Universities Application Centre

2) Register for a virtual or on-campus audition/interview with Western Music

3) Submit two  Letters of Recommendation, along with a completed Questionnaire for each of your chosen programs

4) Take an online Music Theory Assessment (link coming soon)

5) Attend your virtual or on-campus audition/interview on the assigned date

Since enrolment is limited and competitive, you are encouraged to register for an audition/interview and submit all forms by February 1, 2021 

Already completed your OUAC application?
You're ready to register for your audition/interview with us!

Audition/Interview Requirements

The admission process for Western Music requires an audition and/or interview, depending on the program.

Bachelor of Music – Audition required
Bachelor of Arts (Music) – Interview required
Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies) – Interview required (plus recorded audition)
Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies) – Interview required (plus recorded audition)

 

Audition/Interview Dates for Spring 2021

February 18, 19, 20 & 27
March 6 & 27
April 10

Certain instruments or programs will be auditioned on certain dates. Most auditions will be held virtually for 2021. Exceptions are possible and will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on various factors.  Once you have completed registration, we will be in touch by email to assign your audition/interview date from those listed for each program.

 

Audition/Interview Fee

The audition/interview fee is $70, payable by credit card during online registration.

If you are unable to use our online system, please contact ovandeli@uwo.ca to request PDF or printed versions of the registration forms, which may be submitted by email or mail. Mailed cheques or money orders should be made payable to Western University. Payment must be received before an audition or interview can be scheduled.




Admission Forms

You must submit two Letters of Recommendation from two different referees, along with a completed Questionaire for each of your chosen programs prior to your audition/interview. Please forward a link to the Letter of Recommendation form to each of your referees. If you or your referees are unable to use our online system, please contact ovandeli@uwo.ca to request PDF or printed versions of the forms, which may be submitted by email or mail.

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

Bachelor of Music
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Music questionnaire

Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Arts (Music) questionnaire

Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies)
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies) questionnaire

Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies)
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies) questionnaire

 

Music Theory Assessment

All applicants are required to take an online Theory Assessment before their audition. The assessment covers music rudiments: scales, key signatures, rhythm, meter, intervals, triads, seventh chords, and inversions. The purpose of this assessment is to determine preparedness for first-year music theory. Applicants who struggle with the material covered on the assessment will be encouraged to do preparatory work in basic music theory before entering the program.

Music Theory Assessment coming soon

 

What to Play at Your Audition

To prepare for your audition, applicants should review the content in the related conservatory theory rudiments for the expected grade level of their instrument.


On-campus auditions

A limited number of on-campus auditions may be available, if allowed by local health authorities. Some of the considerations for approving on-campus auditions will be lack of availability of certain instruments (percussion equipment, large instruments, or suitable piano for a virtual audition) or inability to participate in a virtual audition. The technique and sight-reading portions of the audition may be conducted or waived, at the discretion of the audition panelists.

These on-campus audition opportunities will be decided on a case by case basis. Students who require consideration for on-campus auditions can contact our auditions coordinator, Odilla Van Delinder at ovandeli@uwo.ca.

If auditioning in person, physical distancing, sanitizing stations, proper air circulation and other safety protocols must be followed. If there are concerns about safely rehearsing and auditioning with an accompanist, this can be communicated to our auditions coordinator and a suitable solution will be found or the accompanist may be waived for the audition in which case the applicant will perform the audition unaccompanied.

What to expect
If you will be auditioning on campus, plan for at least a 2 hour visit.

  • Warm up and/or meet & rehearse with your accompanist (if applicable)
  • Attend your Audition/Interview (approximately 20-25 minutes)
  • Meet with studio teachers & others

Virtual Auditions

The majority of auditions at Western will be virtual this year. There are three options for virtual auditions:

Virtual Option 1: Send a video of two contrasting pieces and participate in a short interview via Zoom
For applicants submitting a pre-recorded video, the sight-reading and technique portions of the audition wil be waived, however the applicant will still participate in an interview via Zoom with the audition panelists who reviewed the submitted recording. See below for Accompaniment Options for Pre-recorded and Virtual Auditions as well as Requirements for Pre-recorded Auditions.

Virtual Option 2: Complete a live virtual audition and participate in a short interview via Zoom
Play your audition as a live performance over Zoom. See below for accompaniment options for virtual auditions. The technique portion of the audition may be conducted over Zoom or waived, at the discretion of the audition panelists, however the sight-reading portion of the audition will be waived. A short interview will follow the live Zoom audition.

Virtual Option 3: Participate in a short interview only via Zoom
For applicants who are unable to perform either a virtual or in-person audition due to loss of access to their own instrument as a result of covid-19 restrictions at their current educational institution are still welcome you to participate in the Zoom interview portion of the audition process. Applicants in this situation will receive full consideration for admission to the program based on the interview and other supporting documentation including a completed questionnaire for the program you are applying to, and two Letters of Recommendation.

How to Operate Zoom Conferencing Software

It is recommended that you install the Zoom software ahead of your Audition Date/Time to avoid potential technological issues. Please follow Steps 1 through 5 at least 24-48 hours before your Audition. If you already have Zoom software installed on your device, please jump to STEP 6. We strongly recommend running Zoom on a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone wherever possible.

To provide better sound, an external microphone can help if one is available. These are – in most cases –accommodated by plugging in a microphone with a USB output into a laptop or desktop computer.

Once plugged in and in a meeting, access this microphone from the audio input and output menu. This menu is displayed via pressing the small up arrow beside the microphone icon often located in the lower left corner of the meeting on the tool bar.

In addition - one can further improve sound when playing or singing by selecting 'Enable Original Sound'. This can be done by selecting 'audio settings' - then selecting 'Advanced'. Note: 'audio settings' are in the same menu list used for selecting an external microphone.

How to Install Zoom

1. Open any Web Browser and visit  https://www.zoom.us/ 

2. In the Top Menu of the Website, click on “Resources” and then click “Download Zoom Client”.

3. At the Top of the page under “Zoom Client for Meetings” click on the “Download” button.

4. The page will give you a prompt to Install Zoom. Please follow the on-screen instructions to install Zoom on your device as the steps may vary slightly between Mac and PC.

5. After Zoom is installed the software will open automatically. NOTE: You will see a Prompt to "Join a Meeting" or to "Sign In". You DO NOT need to Sign In or Sign Up for an account. At this point, you can safely ignore this prompt and proceed to STEP 6.


How to Join a Zoom Meeting

6. In your Email Inbox, locate the Zoom Meeting URL that was sent to you regarding your audition. This link will be similar to the following example: “https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/123456789”

7. Click on this link and your Web Browser will open it. If you cannot click on this link, copy and paste the link into your web browser manually.

8. Zoom will now prompt you that it needs to “Open the link with an Application”. Click on “Open Link” (or “OK” depending on whether you use MAC or PC).

9. Once you have been connected - you will now be placed in the Zoom Meeting Waiting Room. Please follow the on-screen instructions from this point on.

Note: once you join a meeting you will be automatically placed into a 'waiting room'. Please be patient - in most cases you'll be joining the panel shortly.

For those unfamiliar with Zoom, you can join a test meeting anytime. This will allow you to see the interface, and test your video and audio. Visit this link for a test meeting anytime:  https://zoom.us/test (Note: due to high load on Zoom servers, this may not work every time)

If you encounter difficulties please email music-tech@uwo.ca

Further information on Zoom functionality is available at  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting


Accompaniment Options for Pre-recorded or Virtual Auditions

Accompaniment for your pre-recorded or virtual ‘live’ audition may be pre-recorded or live. This is your option depending on your own personal situation, safe access to an accompanist/piano and space for recording. Some options for pre-recorded or virtual accompaniment are possible, such as having an accompanist record in advance and you play along with the recording, or use an accompaniment program like Smart Music or Cadenza. If accompaniment is not possible, you may play the audition without accompaniment.


Requirements for Pre-recorded Auditions

Applicants selecting Virtual Option 1 above should send their video via DVD, YouTube link (visibility may be set to "unlisted" if you wish), or Vimeo link (privacy may be set to "only people with a password" if you wish – but be sure to send us the password), prepared according to the following conditions:

The recording should be accompanied by a certification letter which states that:

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

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

Please send your recorded audition and certification letter to:

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


Contact Us

Need more information about applying to Western Music? We're here to help!

Odilla Van Delinder
Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
519-661-2044
ovandeli@uwo.ca

Sasha Gorbasew
Recruitment Co-ordinator
519-661-2111 x80532
agorbase@uwo.ca

Visit Us

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

Maps & Directions