Admissions and auditions

All prospective students are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of marks and audition.

Admission to Music at Brock is a two-stage process:
1. Application to Brock through OUAC
2. Music audition

APPLYING TO THE MUSIC PROGRAM

Applicants must first apply to Brock University according to the regulations of the Office of the Registrar.

1. Learn about the application process at brocku.ca/admissions/apply. We offer both a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. in Music) program. When applying, the B.Mus. represents both programs. The Admissions Office will assess your application for academic eligibility.

2. Once we have your successful application, we will send you an email with information on reserving your audition date through the Music Office. Your music audition assessments will determine your placement into either the B.Mus. or B.A. program.

Please note: 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.

All applicants for the Department of Music must complete an individualized audition visit, which is scheduled on a particular date from February through May. Please see the foot of this page for a list of dates as they become available. Students have the opportunity to showcase their talent, while being assessed to determine their placement into either the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs.

To register for an audition, complete the online form found here:

https://my.brocku.ca/BrockDB/gnrl_Questionnaire.aspx?QID=357

If you live more than 500 km from St Catharines, Ontario, you may complete a remote video audition, to be submitted by April 1.   First apply to Brock University as described above; international students, your application should be made directly to the university.  When arranging the audition, complete the audition form as any other applicant:

https://my.brocku.ca/BrockDB/gnrl_Questionnaire.aspx?QID=357

When completing the audition form, when you get to the field titled “please rank your chosen audition times in order of preference,” simply enter “video audition” in that field.  You can then proceed to pay the normal audition fee as any other applicant and submit your audition form.

In preparing your video audition, please note the following:

  • The video must show you performing repertoire unedited, with each piece played from start to finish with no breaks
  • Breaks in the video between pieces are permitted
  • Any piece for solo instrument plus piano must have a live pianist in the performance
  • Send the video by online link (Youtube, Dropbox, Onedrive, etc).
  • The video and audio do not need to be professionally produced, and, usually, a standard digital camera in video mode, mounted on a tripod, can provide the required quality. However, please aim for as clear an audio recording as possible (free of distortion and background noise). Set the video on a level of zoom that allows your instrument, as well as your head, torso and legs to be seen.  If you are a solo pianist, the keyboard must be visible (this is not necessary for accompanists).

DEADLINE: The video audition link must be sent to music@brocku.ca by April 1.

In addition, please send to music@brocku.ca an electronic copy of a theory certificate, completed within 12 months, of one of the following minimum levels:

  • Royal Conservatory Advanced Rudiments, or Level 7 Theory
  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 Theory
  • Trinity College Grade 5 Theory
  • Conservatory Canada Theory 4
  • Western Board of Music Grade 4 Rudiments
  • Western Ontario Conservatory of Music Grade 2 Rudiments

If a theory certificate from the above list (or higher level) is not available, we can discuss possibilities for completing the Music Department’s theory placement evaluation.

We will also require an ear training test, proof of piano proficiency, and an interview. These can either be completed once you have arrived at Brock before classes start, or we can discuss the possibility of a video conference.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the audition process.
Questions should be directed to the Chair of Music, Professor Matthew Royal at mroyal@brocku.ca

For questions related to the admissions process, including minimum academic requirements for entry, please contact our Admissions Office at central@brocku.ca

Audition information

Individualized auditions are available on the following dates.  Only some of these are available if you require a Brock accompanist (please see audition application form).  Dates in April and May will be made available as they are known.

Mon. February 11: 4 p.m.

Fri. February 15 : 4 p.m.

Sat. February 16: 11 a.m.

Mon February 25: 4 p.m.

Thur. February 28: 4 p.m.

Mon. March 4: 4 p.m.

Sat. March 9: 11 a.m.

Fri. March 15: 4 p.m.

Mon. March 18: 4 p.m.

Mon. April 8: 4 p.m.

Fri. April 12: 4 p.m.

Sat. April 13: 11 a.m.

To register for an audition, complete the online form found here:

https://my.brocku.ca/BrockDB/gnrl_Questionnaire.aspx?QID=357

This link will take you to the Brock portal.  To log in, enter the Brock email and password you have been given as part of your admission.  From there you will be directed to the audition form.  Please fill out all mandatory fields (red star) and as much of the rest of it as you can.  Save each section as you complete it.

The third-from-last section asks for dates when you will be available for audition.  Please note that, for singers and players of orchestral instruments, more dates are available if you can provide your own accompanist (this is recommended in any case.)

At the end of the form you will be asked to submit the $45 audition fee using Brock’s secure payment system.  Either Visa or Mastercard is acceptable.

The audition visit consists of the following:

(1) A theory placement test (roughly equivalent to the RCM Level 7 exam)

(2) Practice time

(3) A juried performance of prepared pieces on your first instrument or voice

(4) A basic keyboard proficiency test for non-pianists

(5) An ear/singing test

(6) An informal interview.

In total, the visit should take no more than 2.5 hours.

Theory Assessment

The theory placement evaluation lasts an hour and is roughly equivalent to an RCM Level 7 theory test.  RCM exams are not needed, but if you have passed RCM Level 7 theory or higher you may submit the certificate or grading sheet in lieu sitting of the theory evaluation.

PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT

A live accompanist is mandatory for all repertoire that requires one.  It is highly recommended that you bring your own pianist for two reasons: (1) you are familiar with that person and (2) the range of available dates for your audition visit is greater.  If you require a Brock accompanist, please indicate this accordingly when filling out the audition form.

Practice/rehearsal time

Practice/rehearsal time is around 20 minutes, including rehearsal time with the accompanist.

Audition repertoire

Audition repertoire is primarily classical repertoire.  The only popular style that is permitted is for singers to sing a maximum of one Broadway style song. Representation from different eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or 20th Century) is desirable for all musicians.

  • 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. Percussionists should prepare one study at the appropriate level on each of: timpani, snare and a mallet instrument (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, etc).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. Percussionists should still prepare three (3) pieces, one for each instrument outlined above. RCM certificates are not required.

Keyboard Proficiency Test

A simple 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.

Aural Assessment

The Aural Assessment consists of basic ear training exercises such as rhythmic and melodic memory, chord quality recognition and basic sight singing.

Downtown St. Catharines

Parking Locations

Parking downtown

As on-site parking is limited at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, you may need to park in one of the several other public parking locations in the downtown core. Below, you will find a link to download a map showing all of the parking locations run by the City of St.Catharines:

A letter of recommendation is required and must be submitted 5 working days before the scheduled audition date.

Please give the URL for this Letter of Recommendation form to your Music teacher or a person qualified to discuss your musical background and have them fill out the form. This form will automatically be submitted to music@brocku.ca

Alternatively, you may also click the link below to download the Letter of Recommendation in printable PDF form:

Letter of Recommendation (PDF File)

Please return the completed form electronically to music@brocku.ca and state in the subject line of the e-mail that it is a letter of recommendation for a particular student.  If you have a School-Board or other professional e-mail address, please send it from that address.

Alternatively, you may mail this form to:

Administrative Assistant
Department of Music
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2S 3A1

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Students interested in applying for scholarships, bursaries, and awards are encouraged to have a look at Brock University’s Student Awards and Financial Aid website. Click the button below to see Brock’s list of awards for future Music students:

A. Whitmore Griffin Award in Music
Amadeus book prize
Atamanuk Family Bursary in Music
Bradley Music Education Trust Award
Byron Balaski Memorial Award
Doris White Memorial Bursary
Evelyn Fenwick Scholarship in Music
General Brock Entrance Award in Music
Graduating Student Prize
Marilyn I. Walker Textile Art Award
Music World Award
Ronald Tremain Prize in Musical Composition
Ruth and Horace Beard Award in Music
Senior Scholarship in Music

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