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.

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 pass the audition process. Students have the opportunity to present an audition 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. There is an audition fee of $45 payable at least two weeks before the audition date. This amount will be returned to all students who enrol as a Music major in one of our programs.

Auditions for entry into the Music program at Brock (or individual Music courses) are held each year in the spring. The audition day consists of the following:

• An introductory presentation on the Brock Music Program.
• A theory placement test (roughly equivalent to the RCM Level 7 exam).
• A juried performance of prepared pieces on your first instrument or voice.
• A keyboard proficiency test for non-pianists.
• An ear/singing test.

Auditions take place February through May each year.
Please check out our website for dates when they become available:
brocku.ca/miwsfpa/music/admissions-and-auditions/

  1. International applicants: You must apply to Brock University. Domestic applicants, please see above.
  2. Remote video auditions are possible for students not within easy reach of the Brock campus in St Catharines, Ontario. Please contact the Chair of Music, Professor Matthew Royal at mroyal@brocku.ca for details.  For more information about admission and auditions.You are invited to contact us as soon as possible to arrange for a remote video audition.Please remember that the notice from the Department of the successful completion of the video audition and theory test is not the same thing as an offer of admission.  You must still receive an offer of admission from the University.

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

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Audition information

DateStart time
Saturday, February 10, 201810:00am
Saturday, March 17, 201810:00am
Saturday, April 14, 201810:00am
Saturday, April 21, 201810:00am
Saturday, May 5, 201810:00am
Friday, May 25, 20184:30 pm

To reserve an audition date, please contact the Department of Music Administrative Assistant: music@brocku.ca

To confirm your audition date, fill out and submit the Audition Application Form and Letters of Recommendation as soon as possible, and then mail a cheque for $45.00 (non-refundable, payable to “Brock University”) at the latest two weeks before your audition. Please arrange for your letters of recommendation to arrive before your audition. More information can be found on the Audition Application Form and Letter of Recommendation pages.

Please book early for the best choice of audition dates.

Program of events

The audition day consists of the following:

  1. An introductory presentation on the Brock Music Program.
  2. A theory placement test (roughly equivalent to the RCM Advanced Rudiments exam).
  3. A juried performance of prepared pieces on your first instrument or voice.
  4. A keyboard proficiency test for non-pianists.
  5. An ear/singing test.

Schedule of events

Morning:

Activities involve the entire group of auditionees together.

  • 9:45 – 10:00 am  Check in @ Music Office (MWS 214)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am Information session about the different music programs (B.Mus. & B.A.)
  • Various times through the day Written theory assessment

Late Morning/Afternoon:

  • 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Activities are individually scheduled

Please note: Be prepared to remain for the entire day, depending upon the schedule.

Theory Assessment

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

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 at at no extra charge. If you need to use our accompanist you must make this request when you book your audition date.

Practice/rehearsal time

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

Audition repertoire

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.

Keyboard Proficiency Test

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.

Aural Assessment

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.

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:

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