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Performance Auditions - Instructions

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Applied Music 

Applied Music instruction (lessons) are available to students through a sequence of courses, beginning with MUSC*1500 Applied Music I. Entry into Applied Music requires the successful completion of an audition. Please review the steps below for the online audition submission process. The final deadline for Fall 2021 applied music is July 11, 2021. 

Future Students 

Planning to study Music in Fall 2021? Our audition process aims to be equitable and flexible to all applicants. During COVID-19, all of our auditions will be completed by video submission. We are offering multiple deadlines to accommodate students. Students receive equal consideration, no matter the deadline they submit their audition for. The only advantage to an early submission is receiving an early response. Students are encouraged to submit an audition if they have applied to the Music program. An offer of admission to the University is not required to audition.

Audition portal opens: Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Audition submission deadline

Anticipated response


February 15, 2021

March 5, 2021


May 2, 2021

May 17, 2021


July 11, 2021

July 30, 2021


Questions? Please contact Dr. Alyssa Woods,

Online Audition Instructions 

Step 1: Review Your Eligibility 

New Students 

  • MUSC*1500 - Applied Music instruction (individual lessons) is available by audition only
  • Applied Music is available to students in a Music specialization (Major, Minor, Area of Concentration), in semesters 1-4 excluding; honours Music Majors, who may audition for registration in MUSC*1500 at any time in their studies. 
  • Only students who are registered in a Music program at the time of admission will be considered for placement in Applied Music (lessons). 

Continuing Students 

  • Applied courses are designed to be taken during successive Fall and Winter terms. 
  • You may be required to re-audition if there is a break in studies. 
  • To progress in Applied Music courses, you must achieve a minimum grade of 70%. 

Step 2: Begin Your Application 

  • Your application includes the submission of the application form and your audition video.
  • Applications for Applied Music are submitted through the SlideRoom portal
  • You can begin an application, save changes and make edits up until application submission. 
  • SlideRoom charges $6 USD at the time of submission. 
  • Early submission is recommended, to provide ample time to complete the sight reading (if required). 
  • The final deadline for Fall 2021 is July 11, 2021. 

Step 3: Audition Video 

  • Please submit your (maximum) 15-minute video, with clear audio, under the specified link. 
  • Videos must be a continuous take, with live accompaniment as appropriate (and if available). We recognize that live accompaniment may not be a possibility due to COVID-19, and will accept unaccompanied auditions during this period. 
  • Videos need to conform to the posted requirements for your instrument
  • Acceptable video formats include: .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, and .mkv. 
  • Slideroom permits a maximum file size of 500mb. For larger file sizes you can upload your video to Youtube or Vimeo. 
  • Students are recommended to submit their application well in advance of the November 8, 2020 deadline to allow time for the submission of the sight reading (if required). 

Step 4: Complete the Sight Reading (if required) 

  • Following successful completion of the SlideRoom audition, students in piano, voice and orchestral instruments may be provided with a sight-reading sample. 
  • Submission is required by July 11, 2021. 

Step 5: You did it! 

  • Results will be emailed to your Gryph-mail ( Future students who have yet to receive their gryph-mail, will receive results to their provided email. 
  • Successful auditions will receive additional information regarding placement. 


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