MMus in Performance Audition Requirements by Instrument Type

Please see below for details regarding the repertoire that should be prepared for an audition (either live, or recorded on a DVD or posted to a video sharing web site such as YouTube). Note that a list of professional accompanists available for hire in the London area will be provided when applicants book an audition. Applicants may also choose to bring their own accompanist.

Violin, Viola

Approximately 45 minutes of repertoire should be prepared, from which the audition panel will select, including choices from:
  • at least 3 different musical styles
  • at least one movement from a concerto
  • at least one work to be from the baroque or classical period

Cello 

Approximately 45 minutes of repertoire should be prepared, from which the audition panel will select, including choices from the following:
  • at least 3 different musical styles
  • at least one movement from a concerto
  • must include three movements from Bach Suite III, IV, V, or VI, or one movement or piece from the classical period

Bass 

Approximately 30 minutes of repertoire should be prepared, from which the audition panel will select, and including:
  • one or more movements from the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites I, II, or II, either in Sterling's transposed edition, or in the original keys
  • the first movement of a concerto by Vanhal, Dittersdorf, Bottesini, or Koussevitsky
  • one other piece or movement in a style different from Bach and your concerto choice
  • the orchestral double bass part of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, 3rd movement

Guitar 

Approximately 45 minutes of repertoire should be prepared, from which the audition panel will select, including choices from the following:
  • one composition from the 20th century or later such as a sonata by M. Ponce, Rodrigo, or Kleynjans equivalent to RCM grade 10 or ARCT level
  • one of the Lute Suites by Bach
  • one classical composition (Grade 10 or ARCT level equivalent)
  • one additional composition should the above repertoire not add up to 45 minutes

Voice 

This repertoire will offer contrast between languages and styles. One selection must be in English.
  • 3 opera arias, at least one in Italian
  • 1 Oratorio aria
  • 3 Art Songs
  • 1 Art Song composed after 1960 in addition to the above

Solo Piano 

  • 20 minutes of solo music including at least two works or excerpts of a work representing different styles
  • Repertoire must include a romantic work or etude demonstrating considerable technical accomplishment and a sonata-form movement from a large-scale sonata

Collaborative Piano 

The first two movements of any duo sonata by either Beethoven or Brahms, and the following four songs in the original key (for both recorded and live auditions):
  • Liebesbotschaft, F. Schubert
  • Allerseelen, R. Strauss
  • Clair de lune, G. Fauré
  • Das verlassene Mägdlein, H. Wolf

In addition, candidates are required to prepare a song of their choice to be sung and played. The candidate may also perform one solo piano piece if desired. The audition will include an opportunity to demonstrate competence in sight-singing (for live auditions only).

Candidates are required to bring their own soloists to the audition or they may contact Prof. Hess johess@uwo.ca for assistance in securing soloists from Western.

Clarinet 

Audition repertoire should reflect a variety of styles and must include one piece from each of the three categories below, the 3 excerpts below, and total no less than 40 minutes. Jurors will select pieces and excerpts. Candidates may also be asked for major and minor scales, 3 octaves on as many possible, and asked to sight-read an etude. Candidates may confirm repertoire with Prof. Starling ahead of time jstarli@uwo.ca 
  • concerto selection - first movement (e.g., Mozart, Copland through cadenza, Weber, Tomasi Concerti, etc.)
  • romantic/lyrical selection (e.g., Brahms Sonatas, Schumann Fantasy Pieces, Weber Grand Duo II, Poulenc Sonata II, etc.)
  • unaccompanied selection (Stravinsky Three Pieces, Tower Wings, Eric Mandat or W. O Smith piece, Sutermeister Capriccio, Rosza Sonatina)
  • orchestral excerpts:
    • Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol (all, including cadenza)
    • Mendelssohn - Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Brahms - Symphony No. 3, II

Winds (excluding Clarinets), Brass, Percussion Instruments 

  • At least 20 minutes of music , to include three or four contrasting works from different stylistic eras.
  • For Percussion auditionees only: works must include a major snare drum etude or solo, timpani etude or solo, and an advanced four mallet work. A movement from one of the Bach cello suites or sonatas and partitas for solo violin is highly recommended.

Conducting 

A face-to-the-camera video recording is required of the applicant conducting a rehearsal and interacting with an ensemble he/she regularly conducts, and a brief resume of conducting experience. The musical portion of the recording should be approximately 20 minutes and include literature of the applicant's choice. Selections may be incomplete, and a variety of different styles is encouraged. An example of the applicant conducting in performance is desirable but not required. The recording should also include the applicant speaking about the following:
  • Speak briefly about yourself and your musical background.
  • Describe the conductor's role in rehearsal and in concert.
  • Describe your goals in pursuing studies in conducting.
  • A brief description of your foreign language study and background, if any.