Section 3: Demonstrating Musical Strengths

 

All applicants are reminded that use of photocopied materials without permission is prohibited. Materials submitted will not be returned to applicants.


CONDUCTORS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application, and received by the application deadline:

1. A digital video (DVD) showcasing leadership of three contrasting works including a brief warm up segment, rehearsal segment and final presentation. This audition video should document about 30 minutes of music making.
      a.  For rehearsal segment - each work featured requires footage of at least 5 minutes showing applicant's leadership via facial, gesture, posture expressions, and rapport with the choir/orchestra. Brief footage of the choristers/orchestra is expected. No significant editing of rehearsal footage is permitted.
       b. For final performance - each work featured requires footage of at least 3 minutes showing applicant's leadership via facial, gesture, posture expressions and rapport with the choir and/or orchestra. No significant editing of performance footage is permitted.
       c. Audition pieces should be of different musical periods (e.g. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, etc.) and be contrasting in musical character and genre (e.g. Accompanied, Unaccompanied, European, Non-Western, Folk, Gospel, etc.)

2. Applicants are asked to provide a comprehensive list of the repertoire they have studied, and performed within the last 12 months to be included in the application package. The repertoire is to be listed in the following manner:
       a.  Works formally studied (e.g. graded conducting course, masterclass, etc.)
       b. Significant Works publicly performed as choral singer (e.g. Bach's B minor Mass, etc.)c. Works publicly performed as conductor (e.g. concert setting, religious occasions, etc.)

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

 

ORGANISTS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application and received by the application deadline:

1. Applicants should arrange well in advance for rehearsal time on a local instrument, followed by a performance and personal interview. The audition will have about 30 minutes of organ music prepared on the level of a third-year undergraduate performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements), including one anthem accompaniment, and one hymn with all verses. The repertoire must be submitted as supplemental material by the application deadline. The organ repertoire must also include: i) One Prelude and Fugue or major Chorale Prelude by J.S. Bach; ii) One composition selected from any era (not a chorale prelude); iii) One composition from the twentieth century.

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

 

VOCALISTS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application and received by the application deadline:

1. 30 minutes of repertoire to be memorized and presented for the audition. These are to be on the level of a third-year undergraduate music performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements).The accompanist will be arranged by the applicant. Audition pieces should include, at minimum: i) One aria by J. S. Bach; ii) One aria from an oratorio; iii) One classical sacred song (Barber, Vaughan Williams, Britten, etc); iv) One spiritual (contemporary arrangement).

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

 

GUITARISTS and PIANISTS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare the following materials to be included with the application:

1. 30 minutes of repertoire to be memorized and presented for the audition. These are to be on the level of a third-year undergraduate music performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements). Audition pieces should be of different musical periods (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, etc.) and be contrasting in musical character.

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

 

COMPOSERS: Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application procedures stated in Section 2, applicants are asked to prepare a portfolio of several written works, including, if possible, recordings of performance(s) of personal compositions.

1. 30 minutes of composition scores of contrasting genres (e.g. solo, hymn, choral, instrumental ensemble, etc.) set on the level of a third-year undergraduate music performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 10 repertoire requirements).

2. A comprehensive list of literature studied and performed in the 12 months and relevant recital programs to be included in the application package.

3. For more information, contact the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.


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