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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
December 21, 2014
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FAQ Regarding Auditions

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The following are some frequently asked questions concerning auditions:

Q: If I already have my RCM Grade 2 theory, do I still have to write the theory test for audition candidates?

A: Yes. All incoming students must write the theory test. The only exception to this rule is students auditioning for the Opera Diploma program. The test is required so that we can see how well you would handle our first year theory courses.

Q: Do I need to send my music in ahead of time?

A: No. Make sure you read through the audition requirements in the Admissions Handbook to see what is required of you for your instrument and bring copies of your music to your audition, but do not send it in ahead of time.

Q: I need to use one of the University’s accompanist, how do I arrange this?

A: Simply indicate on your audition form that you will need an accompanist. The University will then ensure that the accompanist is present for your audition.

Q: Will I be able to rehearse with my accompanist before my audition?

A: No. Unlike most of the other universities, Wilfrid Laurier only uses full-time faculty accompanists in our auditions. These accompanists have years of experience, know the repertoire extremely well and can sight-read whatever music you provide for them.

Q: What criteria are used to determine if I will be admitted to the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University?

A: Admittance to the music program is based on three things: Your performance in the audition, the results of your theory test, and your high-school grades.

Q: If I am a long-distance applicant who is auditioning via CD or DVD, how do I write the theory test?

A: In the event that you are accepted to Wilfrid Laurier University (based on your recorded audition and grades), you would write your theory test during Orientation Week in September before classes begin.

Q: Will I have to take a piano proficiency test when I come in to audition?

A: No. All students who are accepted into the music program at Wilfrid Laurier University (except piano majors) will take the piano proficiency test during Orientation Week in September. Failing the test will result in your taking remedial piano courses during the first year of study.

Q: When will I hear about the results of my audition?

A: While some students may receive their audition results early via email, the majority of applicants will not know their results until all audition candidates on their instrument have been heard. In some cases, this may not be until late April or early May.

Q: What are legal copies of music and how many copies do I need to bring?

A: Legal copies are purchased copies of your music. These can be part of a book or individual scores. You only need to bring one legal copy of your music. If you require extra copies, (for the audition panel or your accompanist) you may make photocopies from your legal copy.