Auditions: Piano M.Mus.

Come to Montreal and audition on campus if possible. If you cannot travel, send us a recorded video audition by December 15th, after you've applied.

Audition options and repertoire

On-campus audition:

Piano M.Mus.: Sat., Feb. 23, Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

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.

The Audition:

  • You must bring a list of pieces to be performed, including études and ensemble music, to the audition.
  • You can select the first work (or movement) to be performed.
  • 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 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 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.

Audition repertoire

Prepare 40 minutes of memorized solo recital material from major composers (see below).


  • One or more movements of a sonata (or a set of variations) from the 18th/early 19th century, e.g., Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert.
  • One piece in a romantic style from the 19th century, e.g., Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms.
  • One or more selections from these options:
    • A 17th/18th century piece, e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, Handel, Couperin.
    • A piece from the end of the 19th/early 20th century, e.g., Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Albeniz, Schoenberg, Reger, Scriabin, Berg, Rachmaninoff, Franck.
    • A 20th century piece (up to c.1950), e.g., Bartok, Webern, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Prokofieff, Messiaen.
    • A contemporary piece, e.g., Stockhausen, Boulez, Berio, Xenakis, Mather, Cherney, Tremblay (memorization for this category is optional).