Auditions and Screening: Early Music M.Mus.

Screening material (due by December 1st)

Female voice applicants must submit a video screening recording for pre-selection by December 1st.

Screening video repertoire

  • 5 contrasting pieces, in four major languages, representing song repertoire and opera, oratorio, or both.
  • One piece may be post-1800.
  • You can include recent recital or professional performances.

For instructions on how to upload your material, follow our application guide.


On-campus audition dates 2018:

  • Early Music Voice: Saturday, February 24th
  • All other instruments: Saturday, March 10th

Check uApply for your individual audition date, time, location and accompanist information.

You must email [at] (our admissions staff) to confirm whether or not you will attend.

How to prepare for your on-campus audition

We encourage you to audition live at the Schulich School of Music. During your visit, you can tour McGill University, meet faculty and students and we can find out more about you and your eligibility for the diploma program. To prepare:

Check your audition repertoire requirements early. Choose material that you are comfortable playing and that showcases your musicianship and technical proficiency.

Prepare to be interviewed about your experience and your educational and professional goals.

If you are coming from outside Canada, check with Immigration Canada for travel document requirements.

What happens on audition day

Accompanists are provided free of charge for your audition time only. Rehearsal costs vary and are your responsibility. Contact your accompanist at least 48 hours before your audition to arrange rehearsal times, provide music, etc. You can also bring your own accompanists, at your expense. 

You must bring a list of pieces to be performed, including études and ensemble music, to the audition.

The panel may interrupt your audition at any point in a piece to ensure that auditions proceed on schedule.

Practice rooms will be available during the audition period. They are located in the East Wing of the Strathcona Music Building. You can also warm up in these rooms.

Voice applicants: Provide eight typed copies of your program for the panel. Copies of the music are not required. You will select the first two pieces to be performed. Subsequent choices will be made by the panel. Use appropriate period instruments, if possible.

Recorded auditions

If you cannot participate in on-campus auditions due to travel constraints, you must upload a video recording by December 15th which will be considered your final audition.

Make sure the sound quality on your video recording is excellent. Re-record a piece if it does not sound clear. Your recordings should be less than 8 months old.

You can submit recordings from live performances.

We accept avi, mov, mp4 or wmv formats. 

Follow the instructions to upload your video by December 15th. Upload times depend on file size and speed of service provider.


The repertoire for on-campus and recorded auditions is the same.


Instrumental applicants:

Baroque Violin, Viola, Cello, Viola da Gamba, Lute, Flute, Recorder, Oboe, Early brass:

  • Prepare 60 minutes of recital material, 20 minutes of which may contain chamber music.
  • Include a work by Bach, a French suite or sonata, and an Italian sonata.


  • Prepare 60 minutes of recital repertoire on a five-octave classical fortepiano (FF-a3).
  • Include at least one sonata by Joseph Haydn.  The remaining works may be freely chosen from Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, CPE Bach, or any other composer active between ca. 1750 and 1805. 


  • Prepare 60 minutes of recital repertoire.
  • Include a major work by J.S. Bach and two Scarlatti sonatas. The remaining pieces should include works by the English Virginalists, 17th-century Italian composers, and the French Clavecinistes.

Voice applicants:

Prepare 30 minutes of repertoire, performed from memory. Include:

  • 2 Arias from Opera or Oratorio, including Passion and Cantata (1600 - 1800); at least one must be with recitative.
  • 1 Recitative and Aria from a French or Italian Cantata.
  • 5 contrasting songs chosen from the Baroque, Renaissance and/or Medieval periods.
  • 4 languages (English, French, German and Italian are required).