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 an audition and interview with Western Music by February 1, 2022. Applications are still being accepted beyond February 1, but we encourage registration as early as possible.

3) Submit a completed Questionnaire for each of your chosen programs, and ask two different referees to each submit a  Letter of Recommendation by February 1, 2022. Applications are still being accepted beyond February 1, but we encourage registration as early as possible.

4) Take an online Music Theory Assessment prior to your audition/interview

5) Attend your audition/interview on the assigned date (be sure to check your Instrument Requirements in advance)

Since enrolment is limited and competitive, you are encouraged to register for an audition/interview and submit all forms at your soonest convenience.   

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Audition/Interview Requirements

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

Bachelor of Music – Audition and interview 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 2022

February 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26
March 5, 12, 19 & 26
April 2

Certain instruments or programs will be auditioned on certain dates.  Once you have completed registration, we will be in touch by email to assign your audition/interview date from those listed above.


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 arrange payment and request PDF or printed versions of the registration forms, which may be submitted by email or mail. Payment must be received before an audition or interview can be scheduled.

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Admission Forms

You must submit two Letters of Recommendation from two different referees, along with a completed Questionnaire for each of your chosen programs by February 1, 2022Applications are still being accepted beyond February 1, but we encourage registration as early as possible.

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, but you may share any conservatory certificates in your completed questionnaire.

Bachelor of Music
Letter of Recommendation form
Questionnaire form

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

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

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


Music Theory Assessment

All applicants are required to take an online Theory Assessment before their audition. Instructions for completing the Music Theory Assessment online, including the link to the assessment, will be sent via e-mail after your audition/interview has been scheduled. 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.


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, available via our Instrument Requirements webpage.

Auditions at Western will have live and virtual options this year.

Virtual Auditions for Bachelor of Music Applicants

There are two 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 will be waived, however the applicant will still participate in an interview via Zoom with the audition panelists who reviewed the submitted recording. Voice applicants are required to send three contrasting pieces, one in a language other than English.

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.

Applicants unable to proceed with either Virtual Options 1 or 2 should contact ovandeli@uwo.ca for further information.


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 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:

Please email the link to your recorded audition to  ovandeli@uwo.ca, with the subject line consisting of the program you have applied to, your name, and your instrument (i.e. Bachelor of Music, Kim Young, bassoon)

Virtual Auditions for Popular Music & Music Administrative Studies Applicants

Send a video of your piece and participate in a short interview via Zoom
For applicants submitting a pre-recorded video, the sight-reading and technique portions of the audition will be waived, however the applicant will still participate in an interview via Zoom with the audition panelists who reviewed the submitted recording.


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 should send their video via 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:

Please email the link to your recorded audition to ovandeli@uwo.ca, with the subject line consisting of the program you have applied to, your name, and your instrument (i.e. Bachelor of Music, Kim Young, bassoon)


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