General FAQ

The Music Office is located in Room MW228, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts building in downtown St. Catharines.

Address: 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

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. Contact the Department for more details.

Read here for more information about university residence, meal plans, transit, and parking options when you are a student at the MIWSFPA.

Auditions FAQ

Our program is a classical program, and our assessments are based on this repertoire only. Please see the Audition Repertoire section for more details.

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.

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.

Yes please. One copy of the music for the panel is appreciated.

If you are performing an in-person audition and will be using our accompanist then you must provide one clean copy of the music for them, and another copy to the audition panel.

All copies will be returned to you at the end of the audition.

Yes, we do. Without a complete file, including two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your work, we cannot properly assess your application.

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.