2017/18 Audition Dates:

  • Saturday, February 25
  • Saturday, March 18
  • Saturday, April 1

Theory Requirements

Completion of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Advanced Rudiments (Grade 2) will enhance your success in the theory program at UVic. We ask that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Music program indicate their level of theory training to date by providing a copy of exam results from a recognized training course such as the Royal Conservatory of Music. Resources will be sent to students who would benefit from additional training in theory rudiments prior to arriving at UVic. For students with advanced theory skills, an optional exemption/placement test will be administered on the Friday and Tuesday prior to the start of classes to determine whether a student can advance to second year theory.

Audition Requirements

We’d love to meet you and hope that you can audition in person. The audition day includes an audition on your instrument/voice and an interview. It’s also a great opportunity to meet current students, tour the campus, and enjoy a concert. There’s a special information session for parents, too.

  1. You are welcome to contact the individual teacher with any questions you may have. Bios and email contact information can be found on the faculty section of the School of Music website.

  2. Admission is based on the successful completion of the audition process and academic acceptance to the University of Victoria.

  3. Unfortunately, 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. DVDs are also welcome.

  5. Although accompaniment is not required in the auditions, you are encouraged to bring an accompanist. There are also local pianists available for hire for the auditions.  For a list of qualified accompanists, please contact the School of Music (music@uvic.ca).

  6. For those auditioning for the undergraduate voice program, an accompanist is available. Sheet music 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.

Audition guidelines

Strings

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.

Strings 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 Audition Requirements

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.

Winds

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 21rst c. (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 c. Sonata (such as those by Poulenc or Hindemith). 
  • You may be asked to play major , minor scales and arpeggios
  • Further information about the flute program at UVic may be found at https://finearts.uvic.ca/music/flute/

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 period or Romantic period, demonstrating technique and style Or A movement from the Classical or Romantic period and one selection from the 20th C. repertoire
  • sight-reading
  • 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 Patricia Kostek 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 etudes from the Barret 40 Progressive Melodies
  • The audition will include scales and arpeggios as well as sight-reading

Please contact Professor Alexandra Pohran Dawkins with any questions. 

Bassoon

Please contact Professor Jenny Gunter with any questions. 

Saxophone

Brass

Brass

  • One musical example that demonstrates legato, expressive playing, as well as contrasting material that that demonstrates technical facility and articulation.  Examples can be drawn from traditional solo repertoire or etudes. 
  • Sight reading may be given.
  • For DVD applicants, the inclusion of some passages with piano accompaniment is desirable.

Piano

Piano

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

Voice

Voice

  • 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. 
  • One opera aria and/ or solo from the oratorio repertoire as well as one selection from Broadway.
  • You will be assessed on quality of voice, musicality, attention to text, knowledge of repertoire and linguistic skills. 
  • 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.

Percussion

Percussion 1st Year Audition material

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,  2 octave Major and Harmonic Minor scales

Percussion — Transfer applications

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

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


Keyboard Proficiency

A keyboard proficiency requirement needs to be met before graduating with your BMus degree, but there is no keyboard requirement upon entrance to the program..


Transfer Students

Moving from another university or college is a big decision. We’re glad you’re thinking of us and want to make the transition as smooth as possible.

  • Consult the BC Transfer Guide (www.bctransferguide.ca) to see how specific classes that you’ve taken can count toward your UVic degree.
  • Your audition will determine which year of individual lessons is most appropriate for you.
  • Spend some time with us. No students are admitted into fourth year.
  • Complete at least 30 units at UVic, including at least 18 of the minimum 21 upper-level units required for all degree programs.