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: Sunday, January 28th
  • All other instruments: Saturday, February 24th


Before You Arrive:

  • Check uApply for your individual audition date, time, location and accompanist information.
  • You must confirm whether or not you will attend with our Admissions Office staff (through your application in uApply).


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.
  • 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.


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. (see uApply).
  • You can also bring your own accompanists, at your expense. 


The Audition:

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




Where to Stay:

Book a hotel in Montreal:

Special accommodations have been arranged with four 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 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).