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Bachelor of Music Entrance Auditions 2018

Before You Begin:

You must have already completed your application for admission to UCalgary in order to access this application.

  • If you have not yet done so, please visit the Admissions website to submit your UCalgary application for admission, and then return to this page to continue your Division of Music Audition Application.

You must have your eID and password available

  • This was created when submitting your UCalgary application for admission.

You may save your Audition Application at any point and return to this site to modify it at any time before the deadline:

  • All application documents for in-person and video auditions must be submitted online by February 20, 2018. 
  • DVD audition videos must arrive at the Division of Music by February 27, 2018. 

Each applicant will be notified by email with the exact day, time, and location of their audition shortly after the application deadline has passed.


Audition Application for prospective Bachelor of Music students for entrance Fall 2018

  • Auditions occur on March 3, 6, 7, 2018 at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at UCalgary
  • Specific times will be assigned after the application deadline passes, but you will be able to see which day your instrument is planned for in the application
  • Students are assessed on technique, performance, talent, potential, and musicality during their audition
  • In addition to repertoire performance, both sight-reading and scale playing may be included as part of the audition
  • Please review the Audition Repertoire Suggestions form for additional details.
  • Pianists and vocalists should be prepared to perform repertoire at the RCM Grade X level. All others should be prepared to perform repertoire at the RCM Grade VIII level
  • Students who have not reached the Grade VIII level but who have a serious interest in a career in music are encouraged to apply and to audition at the level of performance they have reached
  • An accompanist will not be provided; you are encouraged to supply your own accompanist. If this is not possible please contact one of the accompanists listed on the Audition Repertoire Suggestions form at least two weeks prior to the audition
  • Applicants living more than 150 km from Calgary may submit a video audition. Video auditions may be submitted as Vimeo or YouTube links in your application, or as a DVD mailed to the SCPA. Additional details on video audition requirements and options for submission can be found by reading the Video Audition Information Sheet. If a video audition is submitted, the student may be required to perform a live audition upon arrival.
  • All application documents for in-person auditions must be submitted online by February 20, 2018. 
  • All application documents for video auditions must be submitted online by February 20, 2018 (DVD audition videos must arrive at the Division of Music by February 27, 2018). 
  • Each applicant will be notified by email with the exact day, time and location of their audition shortly after the application deadline.

Please review additional information available in this FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS document. If you still have questions, please email musicug@ucalgary.ca


Theory Requirements for All Music Students

Students applying to any Music program must provide proof of completion of Advanced Rudiments OR Level 8 Theory from the Royal Conservatory (ABRSM Level 5 will also be accepted). If you are applying for the BMus program, a photocopy of the examination certificate should be submitted with the BMus audition application form. If you are applying to the BA Music program, please email a copy of your certificate to musicug@ucalgary.ca and provide your name and UCID number.

Students who do not have this documentation or who have not taken any formal examinations will be required to complete a music theory diagnostic exam on the day of the entrance auditions: March 2, 5 and 6, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Room TBA). An exam will also be scheduled during the Fall block week (TBA). If you would like to take the examination, please email musicug@ucalgary.ca and provide your name, your UCID number, and which date you would like to write the exam.

The diagnostic exam will cover the following topics:

  • Rudiments (scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, seventh chords, meter & rhythm)
  • Transposition
  • Roman numeral analysis and identification of non-chord tones
  • Aural skills (identifying intervals and chord types, melodic dictation, error dictation)

YOU MUST RECEIVE A GRADE OF AT LEAST 70% TO PASS THIS EXAM.

A good book to assist with your preparation is Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka. It is available in the Taylor Family Digital Library. If you are in Calgary and would like to work with a tutor to prepare you for the exam, please contact the Music Undergraduate Society at undmusic@ucalgary.ca

The last method of satisfying the requirement is the completion of the course MUSI 209 "Introduction to Music Theory", it is offered in the Winter and Summer semesters each academic year. *Please note that this course often fills up quickly*.

Students who have not completed the theory requirement prior to September will not be able to take required courses MUSI 211 or 225.

Audition applications close at 2018-02-20 23:59:00

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