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Auditions

Auditions for the Fall 2018 intake will occur between Winter-Summer 2018. It is encouraged that you set up your audition dates early as available dates and times fill up quickly! 

If you do not yet have a Douglas College Student ID Number, please contact the Registrar's Office to ensure your application to the College is complete with all outstanding documentation submitted and application fees paid.

Applications for Fall 2018 are open. Applications are accepted until the program is full. Students are encouraged to apply early. In order to be considered for admission, all general and program-specific admission criteria must be complete. Candidates will be selected for admission on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. 

Upcoming Audition & Assessment Dates:

Auditions and Theory Assessments will be given on the following dates in 2018:

  • Friday, February 2nd & Saturday, February 3rd
  • Friday, March 9th & Saturday, March 10th
  • Friday, April 27th & Saturday, April 28th
  • Friday, May 25th & Saturday, May 26th
  • Friday, June 8th & Saturday, June 9th

The audition process has 2 portions: An Instrumental/Voice Audition, and a Theory Assessment. The Aural Skills / Sight-Singing Assessment will also be offered on the above dates. This assessment is required for entrance into MUSC 1115 and is recommended for all applicants.

Please note: Royal Conservatory of Music Theory certificates or AP Music credits do NOT exempt applicants from writing the theory assessment. Candidates who have passed the RCM Advanced Rudiments exam should bring documentation to their assessment. A strong theory background is an asset and theory faculty will consider the possibility for advanced placement.

To request an audition, please email the Performing Arts Assistant and include your full name, instrument, preferred date, and your Douglas College Student ID Number.

Scholarship Application: 

The Music Department offers performance-based, full tuition scholarships to two outstanding candidates each year. Several other generous entrance awards are also available. If you are interested in applying for our Entrance Scholarship, please read the application instructions found in the Prospective Music Student Handbook, and complete the form provided. (Click here for the scholarship application form only.) Please bring all application documentation and forms with you to your audition and submit them at time of check in.

In order to be considered for a music entrance scholarship or award, all general and program-specific admission criteria must be complete. 

Please note that only those applicants who audition in person will be considered for entrance awards and scholarships.

Audition Requirements

All applicants must bring one extra copy of the music they are performing to their audition. References to the Royal Conservatory of Music levels are only intended as a guideline for choosing appropriate pieces.

Please note: For all instruments and voice: sight reading ability may be assessed during the audition.

Classical Guitar

Pieces

  • 2 pieces or studies in contrasting styles
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 5 or higher
  • Must be played on a classical guitar

    Technique
  • Scales (major and minor) F#, G, Ab, A, C, D, Eb (2 octaves)
  • Cadences I-IV-V-I chords (major and minor)


Contemporary Guitar

Pieces:

  • Two pieces: one pop and one jazz tune
  •  Create a simple improvisation over one of them. Melodies and chord changes should be memorized. Be prepared to play both the chords (as an accompaniment) and the melody.  
  • A recorded rhythm section to play along with is acceptable but it must be mp3 or CD. No Youtube or other streaming accompaniment.
  • Please bring two copies of the lead sheets

    Technique:
  • all major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales two octaves, ascending and descending, in one position
  • the blues scale in all twelve keys
  • one classical etude that demonstrates your basic technique 

 

Classical Percussion

Snare Drum, drum set & Mallet instruments provided. Applicants must bring their own sticks.

Pieces:

  • One piece on snare drum (page 24 from Morris Goldenberg’s book Modern School of Snare Drum) and one piece on mallet keyboard instrument (page 28 from Morris Goldenberg’s book Modern School for Xylophone)
  • No band parts accepted

    Technique:
  • Snare: rudiments (rolls, flams, drags, paradiddles, etc.)
  • Mallet: scales and arpeggios (major and minor)


Contemporary Percussion

Snare Drum, drum set & Mallet instruments provided. Applicants must bring their own sticks.

Pieces:

  • Drum set and/or hand percussion. Demonstrate various styles (latin, jazz swing, world music or rock) on drum set, congas, or other types of hand drums

    Technique  
  • Snare: rudiments (rolls, flams, drags, paradiddles, etc.)

Piano

Pieces

  • 2 pieces in contrasting styles played from memory
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 or higher

    Technique
  • Scales (major and minor)
  • Formula patterns
  • Octave scales
  • Chords (solid and broken)
  • Major, minor, dominant 7th, diminished 7th arpeggios
  • Major, minor, dominant 7th, diminished 7th chords – all inversions

 

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Double Bass)

Pieces 

  • 2 pieces or studies in contrasting styles
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 6 or higher (violin: Gr.8)
  • No orchestral parts accepted.

Technique

  • Violin: Major and minor scales and arpeggi in 3 octaves for the keys of G, A flat, A, B flat, B, C, D flat and D.  Major and minor scales and arpeggi in 2 octaves for the keys of E flat, E, F and F#.  Ascending and descending.  Scales bowings can be one octave per bow when holding the octave note OR 12 notes per bow when doing Galamian style scales.  Arpeggi should be 9 notes per bow for 3 octaves, 6 notes per bow for 2 octaves. 
  • Viola and cello: All major and minor scales, two octaves, ascending and descending.
  • Double Bass: All major and minor scales and arpeggios: in 2 octaves for the keys of E, F, and G.  1 octave for all other keys.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own accompanist to the audition.


Contemporary Upright or Electric Bass

Pieces

  • Two contrasting pieces: eg. one pop and one jazz tune
  • Create a simple improvisation over one of them. Be prepared to play both the melody and a bass line.
  • Please bring two copies of the sheet music

    Technique
  • All major and natural minor scales one octave, ascending and descending
  • The blues scale in all twelve keys, one octave.

Voice

Pieces

  • 2 songs in contrasting styles and language (preferably). Pieces to be sung from memory
  • Level required is equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 6 or higher
  • Songs from the ‘classical’ repertoire (ie. Lieder, artsong, folk, oratorio, operetta, opera, contemporary) recommended. Musical theatre will be considered upon request.

    Technique
  • Vocalization (scales, triads, arpeggios)

    Sight Singing
  • Includes rhythmic reading

Voice applicants are required to bring their own accompanists to the audition. If this is not possible, please inform the Music Programs Assistant at least five days before the audition date to obtain contact information of local accompanists-for-hire.


Classical Winds (Brass and Woodwind)

Pieces

  • 2 pieces or studies in contrasting styles
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 6 or higher
  • No band parts or jazz band parts accepted.
  • Two contrasting movements of a single work are acceptable.

    Technique
  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios
    (Brass: 1 Octave, Woodwinds: 2 Octaves)

    Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own accompanists
    to the audition.


Contemporary Winds (Brass and Saxophone)

Pieces

  • Prepare two contrasting pop or jazz tunes and create a simple improvisation on one.
  • Memorization is not required but please bring your lead sheet with chord changes included.
  • Accompaniment is optional. Recorded rhythm section is acceptable but it must be mp3 or CD. No Youtube or other streaming accompaniment

    Technique
  • All major and minor scales up to the ninth and down
  • The blues scale in all keys
  • One classical etude that demonstrates your basic technique
  • Sight reading
  • No band music please