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General Audition Information

  • Applicants are responsible for bringing an accompanist if required.
  • Applicants should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled audition time. A warm-up room will be provided 20 minutes before the audition.
  • Audition time slots are 15 minutes; total audition repertoire may be longer than 15 minutes in duration, however jury panellists may request to stop performances at any time.
  • Applicants must supply a copy of the music for the jury panel.
  • Parents/guardians and teachers are not allowed to accompany applicants into the audition room.
  • Memorization: Applicants must have audition pieces memorized, except for instrumental duos that are considered to be chamber works (e.g., violin and piano sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, or Brahms).
  • Interview: Following each audition there will be a brief, informal interview with members of the jury and faculty. Applicants may be asked to describe their musical and academic background in more detail and to discuss their plans for the future.

Audition Repertoire Requirements by Discipline

  • Piano (Junior and Senior Academies)

    General Audition Information

    • Applicants are responsible for bringing an accompanist if required.
    • Applicants should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled audition time. A warm-up room will be provided 20 minutes before the audition.
    • Audition time slots are 15 minutes; total audition repertoire may be longer than 15 minutes in duration, however jury panellists may request to stop performances at any time.
    • Applicants must supply a copy of the music for the jury panel.
    • Parents/guardians and teachers are not allowed to accompany applicants into the audition room.
    • Memorization: Applicants must have audition pieces memorized, except for instrumental duos that are considered to be chamber works (e.g., violin and piano sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, or Brahms).
    • Interview: Following each audition there will be a brief, informal interview with members of the jury and faculty. Applicants may be asked to describe their musical and academic background in more detail and to discuss their plans for the future.

    Audition Repertoire Requirements by Discipline


    Piano (Junior and Senior Academies)

    All piano applicants are required to upload video with their application for pre-screening. Videos will be reviewed by a jury, and selected applicants will be invited to audition in person at The Royal Conservatory. Invitations to audition will be sent by mid-April.

    • Video does not need to be professionally recorded, however sound and picture quality should be clear and steady. Jurors reserve the right to refuse poor quality videos.
    • The image must provide a clear view of the student's hands and the keyboard.
    • Pianists should perform repertoire per the requirements listed in the "Repertoire" section below. Repertoire for the in-person audition can (but is not required) to be the same as the video audition repertoire.

    Each applicant must prepare contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student's musicianship and level of technical development.

    Pre-screening Video: Choice of two (2) of the following:

    Live Audition: Three (3) of the following:

    • One selection from the Baroque era: Senior applicants must prepare a Prelude & Fugue, or two contrasting movements of a suite. Junior applicants may select any Baroque work.
    • One first movement of a Classical period sonata (e.g. Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, etc.)
    • One Romantic or 20th/21st Century selection
  • Strings (Junior and Senior Academies)

    Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student's musicianship and level of technical development. The repertoire should include one piece from the Baroque era, one piece from the Classical era, and one Romantic or 20th/21st Century selection. If a selected work contains multiple movements, only one movement is necessary. If a selected work involves a cadenza, this must be prepared as part of or in addition to the chosen movement.

  • Classical Guitar (Senior Academy only)

    Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student's musicianship and level of technical development. The repertoire should include one piece from the Baroque era, one piece from the Classical era, and one Romantic or 20th/21st Century selection. If a selected work contains multiple movements, only one movement is necessary.

  • Winds (Senior Academy only)

    FLUTE 
    Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development, as follows: 
    ·         One Baroque or Classical selection 
    ·         One selection from Moyse’s Flute Music by French Composers 
    ·         One 20th/21st Century selection 
     
    OBOE 

    Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development, as follows: 
    ·         Two contrasting movements from a baroque, classical or romantic sonata or Concerto 
    ·         One Barrett étude 
    ·         One 20th/21st Century selection 
     
    CLARINET 
    Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development, as follows: 
    ·         Two contrasting movements from a Classical or Romantic sonata or concerto 
    ·         One Rose etude from Rose 32 
    ·         One 20th/21st Century selection 
     
    BASSOON 
    Each applicant must prepare all major scales (Bb, B, and C major should be in 3 octaves and all others should be in 2 octaves) as well as three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development, as follows: 
    ·         Two contrasting movements from a solo piece, sonata, or concerto from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic eras.  
    ·         One étude from Ludwig Milde’s 25 Studies in Scales and Chords, op. 24 
     
    HORN 
    Each applicant must prepare all major scales, 2 octaves, slurred and tongued, as well as three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development, as follows: 
    ·         One etude from Kopprasch’s Sixty Selected Studies for Horn - Book 1 
    ·         Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3, K 447, 1st movement 
    ·         One 20th/21st Century selection 

  • Voice (Senior Academy only)

    Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces in at least two different languages that demonstrate the student's musicianship and level of technical development. One of the selections must be in English. Period and style are open, however audition pieces must be classical. Musical theatre and/or popular music selections are not acceptable.

Prospective applicants in other disciplines should contact the manager to discuss application.

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