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Department of Music
2016 audition dates:
- Saturday, March 5 - 10:00 am start
- Saturday, March 12 - 10:00 am start
- Saturday, March 19 - 10:00 am start
- Thursday, April 21 - 10:00 am start
- Monday, April 25 - 5:00-9:00 pm
Greetings from the Department of Music! We welcome all enquiries from prospective music students. If you would like a tour of the Department, or have any questions about our audition day or our programs, please feel free to contact us.
How our application process works:
• Register through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC).
• We offer a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A. in Music) programs. When registering through OUAC, the B.Mus. represents both programs.
• Once we have your application, we will send you an email with information on reserving your audition date through the Music Office. Please see the section Audition Information below.
• The University Registrar assesses your application based on your high school grades.
• In addition, your music audition assessments determine your placement into either the B.Mus. or B.A. programs.
• If you intend to pursue a Bachelor of Arts with no lessons, you must still register for an audition day to complete the theory assessment, keyboard proficiency test, interview, and aural/choral assessment.
• If you have any questions please contact the Music Office.
To reserve an audition date, please contact the Department of Music Administrative Assistant:
To confirm your audition date, fill out and mail the Audition-Application Form and a cheque for $45.00 (non-refundable, payable to "Brock University") at the latest two weeks before your audition and mail in the two Letters of Recommendation as soon as possible. Please arrange for your letters of recommendation to arrive before your audition.
Please book early for the best choice of audition dates. We look forward to hearing from you!
Quick links for prospective students:
Please be prepared to remain for the entire day, depending upon the schedule.
Morning: activities involve the entire group of auditionees together
• 9:45-10:00 Check in – Music Office (MWS 214)
• 10:00-10:30 Information session about our different music programs (B.Mus. & B.A.)
• Various times through the day Written theory assessment
Late Morning/Afternoon: activities are individually scheduled, from 10:30 am to 4:30p.m.
The Theory Assessment evaluates requirements equivalent to Royal Conservatory Advanced Rudiments (formerly Grade 2 Rudiments). Royal Conservatory examination certificates are not needed, but it is highly recommended that students become familiar with the contents of the examination in order to prepare for the Theory Assessment. Materials can be found at any music store.
Piano Accompaniment – IMPORTANT! A live accompanist is mandatory for all repertoire that requires one. You may bring your own pianist, or if you prefer, an accompanist is available at your audition for a charge of $45 payable in cash or cheque at the audition. Please make this request when you book your audition date.
Practice/rehearsal time is around 20 minutes, including rehearsal time with the accompanist.
Audition repertoire is classical repertoire only, meaning no popular styles or jazz. Representation from different eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or 20th Century) is desirable.
• Students auditioning for Bachelor of Music should prepare three (3) contrasting works or movements, at a minimum Royal Conservatory Grade IX or equivalent. RCM certificates are not required. Vocalists must sing in at least two (2) languages other than English. Singers, pianists and guitarists who wish to be considered for Bachelor of Music must have their pieces memorized.
• For Bachelor of Arts, two (2) contrasting works or movements are required, at a minimum Royal Conservatory Grade V or equivalent. RCM certificates are not required.
A Keyboard Proficiency Test will be administered during the audition if there is no official record of keyboard or piano experience at a minimum Royal Conservatory Grade IV level. This consists of sight reading a four-measure excerpt from Royal Conservatory Grade II repertoire. No technique or prepared pieces are needed for this assessment. RCM certificates for completed piano examinations can be included in your application materials as proof of keyboard proficiency.
The Aural Assessment consists of basic ear training exercises such rhythmic and melodic memory, and basic sight singing. The Choral Assessment involves determination of your vocal range for placement into and compatibility with the choral ensemble courses.
1. Where is the Music Department located?
The Music Office is located in Room 214, Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts building in downtown St. Catharines.
Address: 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
As we are so new, this address does not yet appear in online searches or databases. For GPS directions, please use the address for the Meridian Centre Arena, which will bring you right past the front door of our building:
1 Ice Dogs Way, St. Catharines, ON L2R 0B3
Parking: The closest parking is a city-owned “pay & display” lot immediately to the west of our building. Please see this map for City of St. Catharines parking facilities. Public parking in the lot in front of the school is limited.
2. Can I prepare a popular, jazz or musical theatre piece for my audition?
Our program is a classical program, and our assessments are based on this repertoire only. Please see the Audition Repertoire section for more details.
3. I’m a pianist preparing for a Grade 9 exam. I see that you want only “Classical” repertoire. Can I also use my selections from the Baroque, Romantic, and 20th century repertoire sections of my exam?
Yes, you may use this repertoire. “Classical” in this context means anything except popular styles, or musical theatre, not specifically the Classical Era of music history.
4. I have a recorded accompaniment for my song. Can I use this for my audition?
No. If you are performing a piece that requires accompaniment, we will only accept a live pianist as an accompanist. Please see the information in the section on Piano Accompaniment for more information.
5. Do I need to provide copies of my music for my audition panel?
The audition panel does appreciate having one copy of the music to share, though it is not mandatory.
6. My referees have not sent in their letters yet. Do you still need them?
Yes, we do. Without a complete file, including two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your work, we cannot properly assess your application.
7. What is the difference between the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts?
The main difference has to do with the lessons. Bachelor of Music students are required to take lessons for a minimum of the first 3 years of their degree, and are expected to do a certain amount of performing. Bachelor of Arts students may elect to take lessons if they wish, but are not required to do so. B.A. students taking lessons are not expected to perform outside of the requirements for their weekly lessons and year-end jury.
8. I plan to enter the Bachelor of Arts and do not wish to take lessons. Do I still need to come to an audition day?
Yes. The audition day is comprised of a number of activities and assessments. Please see the section above for more detailed information.
Viva Voce Choral Series: Avanti Chamber Singers - Animalia
February 20, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
RBC Foundation Music @ Noon Series: Faculty Recital - Erika Reiman, piano & Vera Alekseeva, violin
February 23, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Encore! Professional Concert Series 2015-16: Stretch Orchestra
February 26, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm