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Applying for Admission to The Glenn Gould School

Key Dates

October 1
Online application opens for the following academic year through our application partner Acceptd. ​
Please note: At this time, we intend to hold live auditions at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto during the month of February. We will continue to monitor the health and safety situation in Canada and abroad, and if this is not possible, the admissions team will coordinate safe and equitable virtual auditions. More information will be shared in the communications with applicants in December/early January regarding audition scheduling.

December 1
Final deadline: $150 application fee. Pre-screening videos must be submitted with application. 

December 15
Reference letters due. Upon submission of your application, your referees will be sent an email including a link where they may upload their letters directly. Letters should include contact information and their signature. 
Early January
Applications requiring Pre-screening receive their results; successful pre-screened candidates receive live audition dates/times.
Live audition dates/times sent to all other applicants.

Live auditions held at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

March 15 – April 15
Admission decision notifications released via email.

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Prospective applicants must prepare the following items:

  • Pre-screening recording with three contrasting works (required for cello, clarinet, piano, violin, and voice only). Current Taylor Academy and GGS undergraduate students are exempt
  • High school transcript (Bachelor of Music applicants only)
  • Post-secondary transcript(s)*
  • Two recommendation letters (references must upload letters directly to your application as prompted)
  • Current repertoire list
  • Audition repertoire list
  • Musical Resume/CV
    • Please be sure to include professional work experience
  • English Language Proficiency (International non-English speaking applicants only)
  • $150 application fee

Transfer credits may be awarded for qualifying courses passed with a minimum of B- (70-73%), provided that the sending institution is recognized by GGS. Students applying for transfer credit must declare all previous formal studies and arrange for official transcripts as well as course descriptions and detailed course outlines from all previously attended post-secondary institutions at the time of initial application for transfer credit.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, December 1, 2022

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For questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Aubrey Kelly, Admissions & Student Services Manager
The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School
Phone: 416.408.2824 x204
Toll Free: 1.800.462.3815
[email protected]

Scholarship Support

The GGS is able to offer EVERY student substantial scholarship support for the duration of their program.

More specifically, HALF of GGS students receive full tuition scholarships, and the other half, both Domestic and International, typically receive tuition scholarships between 65-85%.

Tuition fees at The Glenn Gould School are established by the Royal Conservatory of Music and are subject to change at any time. The two components of the annual fees are: Academic (including instruction), and Ancillary Fees (including Library, Health Service, and Student Organizations).

Compulsory fees for registration consists of academic, and ancillary fees. Academic fees vary depending on program of study. All students are charged a program fee for the number of years of study. Students in the Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) program are charged a program fee for four (4) years. Students in the Artist Diploma Program are charged a program fee for two (2) years.

A program fee is a set fee for the fall-winter academic session regardless of a student’s course load.

Fee Level Commitment

The Glenn Gould School has a policy that students will be told in advance what the maximum fee increases will be as they continue through their programs, for the normal length of a full-time program of study - two (2) to four (4) year. Entering students will not see their fees rise by more than 5% per year. Students who exceed the normal length of their program will be charged the same tuition as students in the final year of that program.

2022-23 Program Fees

Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) Piano, Orchestral Instruments $33,755
  Voice $36,025
Artist Diploma Program All disciplines $30,705
Ancillary Fees All programs $495
  Artist Diploma Program Vocal Coaching Fee $2,805
Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency All disciplines Fully funded, with $6,000 living stipend


The language of instruction at The Glenn Gould School is English; a strong command of English is necessary for success in our programs. For this reason, proof of adequate English language proficiency is required before a candidate can be admitted. Only original copies of test results sent directly to the Admissions & Student Services Manager will be accepted.

Please note that an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) is not adequate proof of proficiency for non-native English speakers. In order to be exempt from providing proof of proficiency, applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a minimum of four years in an English language school in a country where the dominant language is English and have finished Grade 12 English (ENG4U/EAE4U in Ontario) or the equivalent. These four years of schooling must immediately precede attending The Glenn Gould School.


Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours)

Artist Diploma (Voice only)

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 80 iBT / 550 Paper / 213 Computer with no section below 20
Artist Diploma (Orchestral Instruments and Piano) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 61 iBT / 500 Paper / 173 Computer

Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours)

Artist Diploma (Voice only)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – must be IELTS Academic 6.0 with no bands below 5.5
Artist Diploma (Orchestral Instruments and Piano) IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – must be IELTS Academic 5.0 with all bands at or above 5.0

Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours)

Artist Diploma (Voice only)

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 77
Artist Diploma (Orchestral Instruments and Piano) MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 69

International applicants are strongly encouraged to book their test immediately  after deciding to apply to The Glenn Gould School because test frequency and availability vary depending on country and region. Nonnative English speakers must request to have an official TOEFL score sent directly to the school no later than March 1.

Audition Letters

Applicants who need a letter of invitation from the school in order to attend live auditions in Canada must inform the Admissions and Student Services Manager when submitting an application.

Student Study Permits

The Glenn Gould School has a diverse student body and welcomes new international students every year. Due to the amount of time that it takes to process and deliver the paperwork necessary to obtain a study permit to enter Canada, we strongly recommend that all international candidates apply for their student visa and/or study permit as soon as possible.  We cannot guarantee that candidates who do not apply promptly will receive a study permit for September.

For more information about Study Permits for the GGS, please click here.

Information about Working in Canada is available here

Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance and are responsible for ensuring that they receive adequate coverage and must pay all related costs. Students may obtain coverage from the insurance company of their choice.

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