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Music Auditions & Lessons

Music Auditions 2017

Before we can offer you a place in our Music program, you’ll need to come to the University for an audition. Auditions are held between February and March and allow you to meet professors and current students in the program and see our facilities. The audition consists of three parts, which gives us the chance to assess your aural, performance and theory skills.

Our scheduled audition dates for 2017 are:

  • February *by appointment only*
  • March 4
  • March 11
  • March 17
  • March 25
  • April *by appointment only*


Booking Your Audition

Auditions for students who wish to enter the Music I program in September 2017 will run March – April 2017. All applicants to the Music Program at McMaster will be contacted regarding audition bookings in late January. You can also email Rita Crespo in the School of the Arts  at crespor@mcmaster.ca to book your appointment. Special arrangements may be made for prospective Music students who live more than 300km from the University.

 

The audition consists of different parts, which gives us the chance to assess your aural, performance and theory skills.

Performance

You will be asked to perform two or three varied pieces of your choice (including one from the past 100 years) in order to demonstrate your technique. Singers must prepare three selections, and Classical singers must include at least one song in a language other than English. You should be prepared to perform about 20 minutes of music.  The minimum performance level required equates to that of honours Grade 8 of the Royal Conservatory of Music. You will also be required to sight-read a brief musical excerpt. All students are encouraged to use an accompanist, but accompanists are required for singers.

Ear-Training Test

The Ear test involves recognizing intervals, triads (major or minor), seventh chords (dominant or diminished), chords in root position or first inversion; and tapping out a given rhythm.

The Interview

The interview is a meeting between the student and a faculty member in the School of the Arts, to assess strengths and needs in order to determine how the Music Program can best serve the student’s long-term goals.

Theory

If, before the audition, the student can document Advanced Rudiments (Grade 2) or higher with first class honours (80% or above) or the equivalent within the past two years, the theory portion of the audition may be waived.

In order to pass the theory test, you must be able to do the following:

  • Clef reading: treble, alto, tenor amd bass clefs
  • Rhythm: add rests to a passage (simple, compound, or mixed)
  • Intervals: write, identify, and/or invert harmonic or melodic intervals (including compound intervals)
  • Chords: write or identify major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads, in root position and/or inversions (open or closed position)
  • Cadences: write perfect, plagal, or imperfect cadences (keyboard or chorale style) at the end of a melodic fragment (major or minor key)
  • Transposition: name the key of a short melody and transpose it up or down within the octave
  • Score types: rewrite a passage in modern vocal score, string quartet, or short score (i.e., two staves)
  • Analysis: analyze a short score (i.e., name chords, identify the key, etc.)
  • Musical Terms: identify or define given terms
  • Dominant Seventh Chords: write or identify dominant seventh chords in root position and/or inversions (open or closed position).
  • Scales: write and/or identify all major, natural minor, harmonic, or melodic scales beginning on any scale degree (i.e., from supertonic to supertonic, dominant to dominant, tonic to tonic, etc.)

 

Audition Materials

 

Music Audition FAQ’s

Ensemble Auditions

This year, ensemble auditions will be taking place in the LRW Concert Hall and Togo Salmon Hall between September 5 and September 14.

 

Here is the all the information you need to sign-up for each ensemble:

 

Concert Band 1-4GB3:

Auditions will be held in LRW Concert Hall on September 8, 11 and 12.

The course is scheduled on Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm .

Click HERE to sign-up online and click HERE for more info.

 

 

Choir 1-4GC3:

Auditions will be on September 7 and 8 in TSH 118 and LRW Concert Hall.

The course is scheduled on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in TSH 118.

Click HERE to sign-up online.

 

 

Flute Ensemble 1-4GF3 AND Flute Auditions for concert band and orchestra :

Auditions will be held on September 11, 12 and 14.

The course is scheduled on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm in TSH B124.

Click HERE to sign-up online.

 

 

 

Jazz Band 1-4GJ3:

Auditions will be held in TSH B124 on September 6.

The course is scheduled on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm in TSH B124.

Sign-up forms are posted on the SOTA office’s bulletin board and door located in TSH 414.

 

 

 

Percussion Ensemble 1-4GP3:

Auditions will be held in the LRW Percussion Room on September 5.

The course is scheduled on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in LRW Concert Hall.

For more information and to sign-up click HERE.

 

 

 

Chamber Orchestra 1-4GR3:

Auditions will be held in LRW Concert Hall on September 11 and September 13.

The course is scheduled on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm in LRW Concert Hall.

For more information and to sign-up click HERE.

 

 

 

Women’s Choir 1-4GW3:

Auditions will be on September 7 and 8 in TSH 118 and LRW Concert Hall.

The course is scheduled on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in TSH 118.

Click HERE to sign-up online.

 

Music Solo Performance Lessons

Information coming soon!