Prepare Accompaniment: Auditions MUST be accompanied, unless the piece was written as a solo without any accompaniment. Applicants must supply their own accompanist for the live audition. If you cannot provide your own, the Music Department has a list of accompanists that you may hire (there is a cost associated with this). You need to contact them at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled live audition. Contact the Music Department at 403-329-2495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accompaniment: As part of our response to COVID-19, all future applicants to music studio may choose to do one of the following if their repertoire includes accompaniment:
The applicant may supply their own accompanist.
The applicant may contact the Music Department to request a list of accompanists who they may hire (there is a cost associated with this). You need to contact them at least two weeks prior to the scheduled live audition. Contact the Music Department at 403-329-2495 or email@example.com.
The applicant may perform repertoire a cappella (without piano accompaniment).
The applicant may have a pianist record the accompaniment and the applicant will perform with the piano recording.
The applicant may access “SmartMusic” (smartmusic.com) and the applicant will perform with the online piano tracks.
Bring Transcripts: Please bring a copy of your transcripts to your audition, whether you are currently a University of Lethbridge student, transferring from another institution or coming directly from high school. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
Audition: See below for your instrument's specific audition requirements. A short interview is held at the time of the live audition to get to know you, though the Music Department reserves the right to request a personal interview/audition for any applicant.
Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument. Royal Conservatory Grade VIII or higher is recommended. Scales and sight reading may be required.
Submit your portfolio, including the essay and examples of your work, online in SlideRoom
1. Portfolio Content
Essay: The essay provides insight to the Music Department about your desire to study composition. In approximately 600 words, explain your reasons for wanting to study composition in the Bachelor of Music, including information about your composition background, experience, inspirations and goals.
Examples of your work: Submit examples of one to three current compositions, including audio recordings whenever possible (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Videos and other digital imagery are also acceptable. Advanced theory exercises, which show your compositional skills, are acceptable.
One work by J.S. Bach and one contrasting piece that demonstrate technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument
Contrasting piece should be classical (though not necessarily from the Classical period), written originally for keyboard instruments, and from another style period other than Baroque (i.e. Classical, 19th century/Romantic, 20th century etc.) to show different aspects of your playing. The RCM or Conservatory Canada repertoire lists can be an aid in selecting pieces, but they certainly can be chosen from outside of these lists
Perform three contrasting classical selections (from memory), two of which must be in a language other than your native tongue. Repertoire may include one operetta/light opera selection (i.e. Strauss, Lehar, Romberg, Gilbert and Sullivan)
Demonstrate sight singing and sight rhythm skills by clapping and/or singing short passages. This is not part of the online audition process.
Two contrasting pieces (one may be an étude) that demonstrate range, technique, and expressive qualities of the instrument
Royal Conservatory Grade VIII or higher is recommended
Scales and sight reading may be required
You may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), music (mp3) and one PDF document file with a maximum 6 pages. SlideRoom links directly to Vimeo, YouTube and SoundCloud.
For best image quality and fast upload, image files should be about 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. Please keep video files under 60MB and limited to 2 - 3 minute clips. Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting your work. For technical assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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