How to Audition (Undergraduate)

Everyone who applies to an undergraduate music research or performance program at McGill must play an instrument and audition.

You can attend an on-campus audition or submit a recorded audition.

On-campus auditions

Auditions Dates 2019 :

Auditions will be held from March 2nd to March 10th.

Audition dates by instrument are posted here.

  • You will receive an audition email from our Admissions Office, by the beginning of February, with details of your audition (date, time, location, accompanist).
  • You must reply to this email to confirm whether or not you will attend.
  • Due to the large number of applicants and limited audition spots, applicants to all jazz instruments and soprano and mezzo voice types, must submit video screening material (video: avi, mov, mp4 or wmv formats only) by January 15th before being selected to attend an on-campus audition.
    Successful candidates will be emailed audition details. Screening results will be available on Minerva by late January/early February.
    Upload screening material here (avi, mov, mp4 or wmv format).


To Prepare for Your On-Campus Audition:

  • Check your audition repertoire requirements. Choose material that you are comfortable playing and that showcases your musicianship and technical proficiency.
  • If you are coming from outside Canada, check with Immigration Canada for travel document requirements.


On Audition Day:

If you are experiencing travel delays on the day of your audition or you are unable to attend your audition, please email our melanie.collins [at] (Recruitment Office)


  • A minimum of one hour prior to your audition, you must check-in at the Strathcona Music Building lobby (555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec).
    *Check-in is also mandatory for current students.
  • Practice rooms are available during the audition period.
  • During check-in, directions to your audition location and practice rooms will be provided.

Tours will be given by the Schulich Ambassadors during the lunch break. Details will be available at the check-in desk.



  • 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.

  • Jazz applicants are provided with a rhythm section free of charge for the audition time only and cannot rehearse with them.



The Audition:

  • You must bring a list of pieces to be performed, including études and ensemble music.
  • Jazz applicants: In addition, bring copies of your music.
  • Jazz drummers: bring your own cymbals, sticks, brushes, felts, cymbal sleeves,  hi-hat clutches.
  • The panel may interrupt your audition at any moment in a piece to ensure that auditions proceed on schedule.
  • Auditions last approximately 15 minutes.



Where to Stay:

Book a hotel in Montreal:

Special accommodations have been arranged with several downtown hotels. All hotels are within walking distance of the Schulich School of Music.

Special room prices are available to the McGill University community: staff, students, visitors, etc. 

If you are making reservations by phone, be sure to mention McGill University.

Events & Montreal:

Consult our Events Calendar for Schulich School of Music concerts and related events.

See the Discover Montreal website for happenings in the Greater Montreal area.

Recorded auditions

If you cannot participate in on-campus auditions due to date conflicts or travel constraints, you must upload a video recording through our music upload form. This will be considered as your final audition. Your recording should be up to 30 minutes long, depending on the requirements listed for your instrument.

  1. Review your repertoire requirements. If we have not provided sample pieces, choose your own material from your instrument’s traditional repertoire. Select material that highlights your musicianship and technical proficiency.
  2. Make sure the sound quality on your video recording is very good. Re-record a piece if it does not sound clear. Your recordings should be less than 6 months old.
  3. Follow the instructions to upload your video(s) by February 1st.  We accept 'avi', 'mov', 'mp4' and 'wmv' formats. Upload times will depend on file size and upload speed (determined by service provider).
  4. Include a list of your recordings and repertoire with your uploaded materials.
  5. If you are a composition applicant, you can upload your composition samples (due by February 1st) at the same time.