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Admission to the Bachelor of Music is based on the collective results of your audition, academics, theory and ear training test, interview and optional portfolio.

Your audition repertoire should be planned based on the instructions listed below by instrument. Although official Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) certificates and training are not required we provide suggested levels to ensure your audition will be competitive.

  • Pianists: repertoire should be performed at a Grade 9 RCM or higher
  • Singers: repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM or higher
  • Instrumentalists: repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM or higher

Don't hesitate to contact us at musicauditions@wlu.ca for questions regarding repertoire choices.

Laurier's Bachelor of Music in Community Music has its own audition requirements and the list below should not be used in planning your Community Music audition.

2018 Application Timeline

Audition Workshop and Open House

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Application Deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 - Ontario high school student applications

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - out-of-province, transfer students and international applications

Auditions

Begin late January 2018 and end in April 2018

Acceptance Deadline

June 1, 2018

Bassoon

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

  1. One Wissenborn or Milde étude.
  2. Two contrasting pieces or movements from any standard bassoon concerto or sonata that demonstrate your level of music and technical maturity.

Cello

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Students should prepare two of the three categories. If interested in the performance major, please prepare three selections. Movements should be contrasting, e.g. some fast, some slow.

Repertoire examples listed below; any repertoire of comparable difficulty is acceptable.

  • Boccherini or Saint-Saëns: Movement from a concerto
  • Beethoven or Brahms: Movement from a sonata
  • Bach, J.S.: Movement from a Suite or Popper: Movement from an étude

Clarinet

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

  1. Technique: Grade 8 RCM.
  2. Select one study from: Rose, Forty Studies for Clarinet; or Rose, 32 Études.
  3. Select two contrasting pieces or movements from:
    • Finzi, Five Bagatelles.
    • Poulenc, Sonata.
    • Mozart, Concerto.
    • Tartini/Jacob, Concertino.
    • Schumann, Fantasy Pieces.
    • Weber, Concertino.
  4. Sight-reading.

Works originally written for A clarinet may be played on B flat clarinet, if the edition used provides a transposed accompaniment.

Double Bass

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Acoustic instrument with bow is required.

Prepare one sonata (two contrasting movements, one fast and one slow) with piano accompaniment and one solo étude from this list:

  • Marcello: Six sonatas for double bass and piano (originally violoncello).
  • Vivaldi: Five sonatas for double bass and piano (originally violoncello).
  • Simandl: Any of 30 études for double bass.

Euphonium

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Perform a study which demonstrates your highest level of technical ability.

  • Possible repertoire includes:
    • Blume: 36 Studies for Trombone.
    • Gaetke: 60 Studies for Trombone.
    • Herring: 32 Etudes for Trombone.

Perform two contrasting movements (slow and fast). Movements can be from the same piece if preferred.

  • Possible repertoire includes:
    • Howard Cable: Point Pelee.
    • Cohen: Concert Piece.
    • Curnow: Rhapsody for euphonium.
    • Haddad: Suite for Baritone.
    • Handel: Honor and Arms.
    • Hasse: Hasse Suite.
    • Marcello: Sonata in E minor.

Flute

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Select one work from each group:

Group A

  • Bach, J.S. Any flute sonata, two contrasting movements.
  • Handel, G.F. Any flute sonata, two contrasting movements.
  • Mozart, W.A. Concerto in D major, any two movements, Concerto in G major, any two movements.
  • Pergolesi, G.B. Concerto in G.
  • Stamitz, K.P. Concerto in G.

Group B

  • Godard, B. Suite, Op. 116, first and second movements.
  • Chaminade, C. Concertino.
  • Doppler, F. Hungarian Pastoral Fantasie.
  • Fauré, G. Fantasie.
  • Hindemith, P. Sonata for Flute and Piano.
  • Hue, G. Fantasie.
  • Poulenc, F. Sonata for Flute and Piano.

Group C

  • Choose one study from the collections of Berbiquer, Andersen, Kohler or Genzmer.

Group D

  • All major scales, two-three octaves.

Repertoire may be substituted with permission from the Faculty of Music. Contact musicauditions@wlu.ca.

French Horn

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

  1. All major scales, two octaves.
  2. Two contrasting selections from the following list, or a selection of your choice.
  • Maxime-Alphonse: Études, Book 1, published by A.Leduc.
  • Kopprasch: Sixty Selected Études for French Horn, Book 1, any edition.
  • Mozart, W.A.: Concerto No. 3 in E flat, first movement, any edition.

Other selections:

  • Solos for the Horn Player, selected and edited by Mason Jones (anything from this book), published by G. Schirmer.

Guitar

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

You must play your audition pieces on a classical guitar with appropriate classical guitar technique.

Prepare one piece from three of the four categories:

  1. Renaissance/Baroque.
  2. Classical/Romantic.
  3. 20th Century/Contemporary.
  4. Original composition, arrangement or improvisation.

Be ready to sight-read two-part music at a grade 4-5 level, as well as demonstrate two- and three-octave scales and standard techniques. Memorization is advised.

Harp

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

You must play two contrasting pieces and a study, or a third piece plus the technical requirements at a minimum RCM Grade 8 level.

Sight reading will also be included.

Oboe

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

You will be asked to play several major scales. Also, it is strongly advised that you have a rudimentary knowledge of reed-making.

Please pick a slow and fast movement from the following list. Both movements do not have to come from the same piece. Substitutions are allowed, but must be approved by the oboe faculty. Email choosemusic@wlu.ca for substitution approval.

  • Mozart, Quartet for oboe and strings K370.
  • Mozart, Concerto in C major, K314.
  • Haydn, Concerto in C major.
  • Handel, Concerto in G minor.
  • Marcello, Concerto in C (or D) minor.
  • Any of the following:
    • Handel, Sonata.
    • Telemann, Sonata.
    • Poulenc, Sonata.
    • Hindemith, Sonata.

Alternately, you can prepare a slow and fast Barret study from the 40 Progressive Melodies. Fast melodies may be chosen from the following: #14, #16, #19, #20 or #25.

Organ

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Be prepared to play two contrasting pieces. You will also be asked to sight-read a short piece.

Possible repertoire:

  • Bach, J.S. Any selection from Das Orgelbuechlein (recommended edition: Concordia).
  • Bach, J.S. Number one or four from Eight Short Preludes and Fugues.
  • Brahms, J. Any chorale prelude.
  • Clerembault, L.N. Any movement from Livre d’orgue.
  • Langlais, J. Any selection from 10 Pieces (recommended edition: Elkan-Voegel).
  • Mendelssohn, F. Any movement from any of the Sonatas (any edition).
  • Peeters, Flor. Any chorale prelude from Opus 68, 69 or 70 (recommended edition: Peters).
  • Reger, Max. Any chorale prelude from Opus 67 (recommended edition: Bote and Bock).
  • Vierne, L. Any selection from 24 Pieces en style libre (recommended edition: Durand).

Repertoire may be substituted with permission from the Faculty of Music. Contact musicauditions@wlu.ca.

Percussion

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

You should prepare one piece from each list of snare drum, mallet percussion and timpani pieces. Those who have drum kit experience should be prepared to demonstrate, in any tempo and time signature, various styles including jazz (or swing), rock (or pop) and Latin. Multiple percussion works are optional.

Snare Drum

Solo pieces:

  • Street, “Steppin' Out” (Publisher: Carl Fischer).
  • Street, “Swinging Down the Street” (Publisher: Carl Fischer).
  • Traditional, “The Downfall of Paris” (Publisher: Ludwig).
  • Traditional, “Connecticut Halftime” (Publisher: Ludwig).

Methods or collections:

  • America’s N.A.R.D. Drum Solos (Collection) (Publisher: Ludwig).
  • Cirrone, Portraits in Rhythm (Collection) (Publisher: Belwin Mills).
  • Albright, Contemporary Studies for Snare Drum (Collection) (Publisher: Belwin Mills).
  • Goldenberg, Modern School for Snare Drum (Both) (Publisher: Chappell & Co.).
  • Schinstine, 17 Plus 1 Percussion Pieces (Collection) (Publisher: Southern Music).
  • Delecluse, Methode de Caisse Claire (Publisher: Alphonse Leduc).

Mallets

  • Goldenberg, Modern School for Xylo., Marimba & Vibraphone (Publisher: Chappell & Co.).
  • Arr. MacMillan, Masterpieces for Marimba (Collection) (Publisher: Belwin Mills).
  • Bach for Marimba (Collection).
  • Green, Caprice Valsant (Publisher: Carl Fischer).
  • Green, Valse Brilliante (Publisher: Carl Fischer).
  • Peters, Yellow After the Rain.
  • Green, any of Green's Xylophone 'Rags' (Publisher: Meredith Music).
  • Musser, any Études (Publisher: Studio 4 Productions).
  • Stout, any Études (Publisher: Studio 4 Productions).
  • Abe, any Études (Publisher: Studio 4 Productions).
  • J.S. Bach, any work from Bach’s Six Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin (violin version or one prepared for keyboards).

Timpani

  • Delecluse, 12 Études pour Timbales (Publisher: Alphonse Leduc).
  • Firth, The Solo Timpanist – 26 Études (Publisher: Carl Fischer).
  • Whaley, Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist (Publisher: JR Publications).
  • Begun, 21 Studies for Timpani (Publisher: Meredith Music).
  • Schinstine, Timp Tunes – 19 Pieces (Publisher: Southern Music).
  • Hinger, Solos for the Virtuoso Timpanist.
  • Peters, Fundamental Method for Timpani (any études) (Publisher: Alfred).

Multiple Percussion

  • Burns, Intermediate Percussion Solos.
  • Feldstein, Solos (Publisher: Belwin Mills).
  • Camilleri, Percussion Solos/Duos/Trios (Publisher: Waterloo Music).

Piano

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 9 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Prepare four pieces, one from each of the following groups. At least two works must be memorized; memorization of all four is advised.

Group 1:

  • A work from the Baroque era, in one of the following genres:
    • Prelude and Fugue.
    • Toccata.
    • 3-part Invention (Sinfonia).

    OR

    • 2 movements from a dance suite.

Note: Other Baroque genres are ineligible even though they may appear on Conservatory examination lists.

Group 2:

  • The first movement of a sonata composed between 1750 and 1830 (e.g. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert). Fantasias are not eligible.

Group 3:

  • A work written between 1825 and 1925 (Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Debussy, or one of their contemporaries).

Group 4:

  • Your own composition, improvisation, or a work written since 1900 (Ravel, Poulenc, Bartók, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc.).

All, or portions only of pieces, may be heard at the audition, depending on time. You may choose what you like to begin with. In addition to playing your prepared pieces, you will be asked to sight-read a short passage.

Saxophone

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Choose a fast and contrasting slow movement. You may audition on other saxophones but you must have an alto saxophone if you are admitted to Laurier.

Possible repertoire:

  • Bonneau: Suite for Alto Saxophone (publisher: Leduc).
  • Bozza: Aria (publisher: Leduc).
  • Eccles: Sonate (publisher: Elkan Vogel).
  • Heiden: Sonata (publisher: Schott).
  • Handel: Sonata #3 (publisher: Rascher).
  • Ibert: Aria (publisher: Leduc).
  • Maurice: Tableaux de Provence (publisher: Lemoines).

Studies:

  • Ferling: 48 Daily Exercises.
  • Voxman: Selected Studies.

Trombone

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

  1. Prepare major and minor scales.
  2. Sight-reading will be given.
  3. Choose a fast and contrasting slow movement.

Solos written for tenor trombone:

  • Barat, Andante and Allegro.
  • Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique.
  • Rousseau, Piece Concertante.
  • Nux, Concert Piece.

Transcriptions for tenor trombone:

  • Galliard, Sonatas.
  • Marcello, Sonatas.

Solos written for bass trombone:

  • Boutry, Tubaroque.
  • Lieb, Concertino Basso.

Transcriptions for bass trombone:

  • Galliard, Sonata #5.
  • Vivaldi, Cello Sonata #3.

Trumpet

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

Repertoire:

  1. One study or etude, RCM Grade 8 or higher.
  2. Two contrasting solo pieces with piano accompaniment.
  • Possible works include:
    • A.Vivaldi, Armate face et anduibus.
    • G.F. Handel, Sonata, HWV 366.
    • G. Balay, Prelude et Ballade

Sight-reading will be given.

You may be requested to play all major scales and arpeggios.

Tuba

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

  1. Perform a study which demonstrates your highest level of technical ability. Possible repertoire includes:
    • Blazhevich: Seventy Studies for BBb Tuba Volume 1.
    • Kopprasch: Sixty Selected Studies for BBb Tuba.
    • Tyrrell: Forty Advanced Studies for BBb Bass.
  2. Perform two contrasting movements (slow and fast). Movements can be from the same piece if preferred. Possible repertoire includes:
    • Bach: Air and Bouree.
    • Cohen: Romance and Scherzo.
    • Handel: Adagio and Allegro.
    • Holmes: Emmett's Lullaby.
    • Jacob: Six Little Pieces.
    • Masso: Suite for Louise.
    • Raum: T for Tuba.

Viola

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

These are only guidelines; any program of comparable difficulty is acceptable.

  1. A three octave scale, slurring four sixteenth notes per bow, quarter note = 60.
  2. Any standard étude of Kreutzer, Rode or Campagnoli caprice.
  3. Two contrasting movements from a Bach Suite for Cello (BWV1007-1012).
  4. One movement of a viola concerto.

Violin

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.

  1. Three octave scale and arpeggios of your choice.
  2. One étude or caprice of your choice.
  3. One movement from any of the sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach.
  4. One movement of a concerto or show piece.
  5. Sight-reading may be requested.

Voice

Audition repertoire should be performed at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher. RCM formal training and exams are not required.
  1. Three songs (memorized) with piano accompaniment. Choose selections from the standard classical vocal repertory in contrasting styles and languages, one of which should be in a language other than English. Common year Bachelor of Music students focus on art song, oratorio and operatic material therefore folk singers and musical theatre applicants are encouraged to consider applying to the Bachelor of Music in Community Music. If you are not applying for the Bachelor of Music in Community Music you are discouraged from choosing folk and theatre genres for your audition pieces.

    Possible Repertoire: (this is only an example; any similar program is acceptable):
    • Quilter: “Love’s Philosophy”
    • Parisotti: “Se tu m’ami”
  2. Applicants will be required to sight read a short passage.

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