Master of Sacred Music Admissions

The MSMus program admits students starting in the fall session only. The deadline below is for all application and supplemental materials. 

February 15- Admission for Fall Session (September)

The following MSMus Admissions Guide 2014-2015 is also available in PDF.


Section 1: Admission Requirements

Entrance to Emmanuel College’s Master of Sacred Music Program requires a four-year baccalaureate, or equivalent degree from a University recognized by the University of Toronto. A three-year baccalaureate degree from a University recognized by the University of Toronto may also be considered. In some cases, an undergraduate degree from a Pontifical university or from a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities may be accepted.

For applicants to the Master of Sacred Music program, the expectation is that the candidate will perform minimally at the level of a third-year university music program. This is equivalent to having performance competency above grade 9 of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada).

A minimum average of 70%, or a CGPA of 2.7, is normally required.

English Language Competency
Emmanuel College wishes to ensure that all students have sufficient written and spoken English language skills to enable them to function in a classroom setting. Therefore, applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their English language ability by taking one of the following tests and achieving the stated minimum result. Test results that are older than two years at the time of application cannot be accepted.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): if the test is taken in paper format, overall 580 and 5 in Test of Written English; if the test is taken in the computer-based format, overall 237 and 5 in essay writing; if the test is taken in internet format, 93 overall and at least 22 in each of the speaking and writing sections. The TOEFL institutional code used by Emmanuel College is that of the University of Toronto: 0982.
International ESL-Academic Preparation Level 60 (Advanced) offered by the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. Required score: B.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Required score: 7.0.

The minimum required TOEFL and TWE scores do not provide assurance of the ability to undertake theological studies at Emmanuel. The College reserves the right, therefore, to interview applicants from abroad upon their arrival in Toronto.


 Section 2: General Application Procedures

1.  Complete the Emmanuel College Online Application for Basic Degree Programs available on the website. Please complete all sections carefully. The online application will prompt you to upload your personal statement and resume as attachments. Should you experience difficulty with the Online Application you may request a PDF version of the application from the Office of Admissions.

2. Provide a personal statement. The statement should be no more than two pages (double spaced) describing why you would benefit from studies at Emmanuel College, your vocational goals, your theology, your music education and training, your learning style, and what you think you would contribute to Emmanuel College. Be certain to put your name at the top of your statement.

The personal statement can be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; therefore it is advantageous to have your statement ready before completing the application. You may however choose to submit it separately, by sending it by post or fax to the Office of Admissions or emailing it as an attachment to emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca.

3. Provide a current chronological résumé. The résumé can be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; therefore it is advantageous to have your résumé ready before completing the application. You may however choose to submit the résumé separately, by sending it by post or fax to the Office of Admissions or emailing it as an attachment to emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca.

4. Submit a general financial plan. It should be included when you complete the application form. This plan should provide an overall stratagem for how you intend to fund your theological education indicating the percentage of your total expenses you intend to cover from savings, employment income, government student loans, other outside sources, and student financial aid from Emmanuel College (this plan is different from the financial aid application form). General Financial Plan example.

5. Arrange for official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended to be forwarded to the Office of Admissions at Emmanuel College. To be official, these transcripts must be sent directly to Emmanuel College by the institution(s) concerned.

6. An application fee of fifty dollars Canadian ($50.00 CAD) must be received before an application can be processed. You may pay online OR send by post a personal cheque or money order payable to Emmanuel College to: Office of Admissions, Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7.

7. Arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Emmanuel College. Complete the Applicant section of the Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet before providing the cover sheet to each person providing you with a reference. The Cover Sheet provides guidelines for completing and submitting the letter of recommendation. While completing the application you will be asked to provide the names of those providing references. The Cover Sheet can be located on the Applications section of the website or obtained from the Office of Admissions.

i) Minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference
ii) Personal reference
iii) Academic reference* *
iv) Music teacher/peer
v) If you are applying as a transfer student, your application will require a letter of recommendation from the Director of Basic Degree Studies or Dean of Students commenting on your academic standing and character.

** Ideally the academic reference should be a university professor or instructor. If it has been some time since you attended university, provide a reference from someone who holds a university degree and who is capable of assessing you according to the guidelines for an academic reference listed below.

The onus is on the applicant to identify appropriate alternatives if you are unable to identify a minister or former professor to provide a letter of recommendation.

The minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader recommendation should comment upon the following:
(a) Character and personality;
(b) Emotional stability;
(c) Theological and faith commitments;
(d) Ability to work with and learn from others who have different theological beliefs, commitments, cultures and lifestyles; and
(e) Potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

The personal reference should comment upon the following:
(a) Character and personality;
(b) Emotional stability;
(c) Theological and faith commitments;
(d) Ability to work with and learn from others who have different theological beliefs, commitments, cultures and lifestyles; and
(e) Potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

The academic reference should comment on the following:

(a) Intellectual and academic strengths and/or weaknesses;
(b) Critical and analytical skills;
(c) Maturity;
(d) Written and oral communication abilities;
(e) Integrity;
(f) Motivation and initiative; and
(g) Personal judgment.

The music teacher or music peer recommendation required for the MSMus program should be in the field with a minimum of 10 years of leadership experience, and should comment on the following:

(a) The nature of the relationship and the length of time the person writing the letter of recommendation has known the applicant;
(b) The applicant’s musical ability; and
(c) The applicant’s suitability for studies in advanced liturgical music.

 
8. Supplemental music material as outlined in the Demonstrating Your Musical Strengths section must be submitted by the application deadline.

9. A personal 30 minute interview will be scheduled once all the application documents have been received. All applicants are requested to appear for a 30-minute personal interview unless distance is a factor, in which case a Skype or telephone interview may be arranged.


At such time, a performance audition for keyboardists and vocalists is normally slated (after May 4). Such performances will be adjudicated by the Director (or designate) and an instructor skilled in the arts of the medium selected. The candidate should prepare 30 minutes of music, demonstrating breadth and depth of repertoire; it is likely that the entirety of every piece may not be heard. In the event of a long-distance application, arrangements should be made to submit two copies of a video (CD or DVD). The focus of the video in all cases will be the applicant and not other performers.

10. English Language Competency. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate your English language ability by taking one of the language tests approved by the University of Toronto and arrange to have the official results sent to Emmanuel College before the application deadline. Further details about the tests and minimum required score levels can be found in the Preparatory Requirement section of the Emmanuel College Basic Degree Student Handbook.

All documentation is to be sent directly to:
Office of Admissions
Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca
t. 416-585-4454 f. 416-585-4516

We will confirm received documentation via email. Therefore, if you do not hear from us, we strongly advise you to contact us.

Application Deadline 

February 15 – Admission for Fall Session (September)

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants to the MSMus program will generally receive written notification of the admission decision in June.

Police Check

A Level 2 Police Check is required for all MDiv, LTh, MPS, MSMus and Diploma students, and all other students taking courses requiring that they work with a “vulnerable” population. This will be completed after a student has been admitted.


Section 3: Demonstrating your Musical Strengths

Supplemental Music Application Requirements for Conductors

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 video (CD or DVD) of two contrasting rehearsal segments (5-10 minutes each) for chorus or orchestra, as well as a segment of the final performance, along with copies of the scores of pieces performed. Pieces performed represent presentations in the last 12 months.
2. Applicants are asked to provide a comprehensive list of the repertoire they have studied and performed to be included in the application package.

Supplemental Music Application Requirements for Organists
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. It is recommended that 30 minutes of organ music be prepared, on the level of a third-year undergraduate performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 9 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 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 should be included. Relevant recital programs should also be included.

Supplemental Music Application Requirements for Vocalists
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 performed during the audition on the level of a third-year undergraduate performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 9 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 vocal literature previously studied and performed. Programs from recitals may be included.

Supplemental Application Requirements for Guitarists and Pianists
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 performed during the audition on the level of a third-year undergraduate performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 9 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 repertoire previously studied and performed. Programs from recitals may be included.

Supplemental Music Application Requirements for Composers
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.

All applicants are reminded that use of photocopied materials without permission is prohibited.

Materials submitted will not be returned to applicants.


Section 4: Personal Interview & Audition


All applicants are requested to appear for a 30-minute personal interview. If distance is a factor, a skype or telephone interview will be arranged.

At such a time, a performance audition for keyboardists and vocalists is normally slated (after May 4). Such performances will be adjudicated by the Director (or designate), and an instructor skilled in the arts of the medium selected. The candidate should prepare 30 minutes of music, demonstrating breadth and depth of repertoire; it is likely that the entirety of every piece may not be heard. The expectation is that the candidate will perform minimally at the level of a third-year Bachelor of Music undergraduate on the level of a third-year undergraduate performance program (comparable to, or above, the RCM Grade 9 repertoire requirements). 

In the event of a long-distance application, arrangements should be made to submit a tape or DVD, but documentation needs to accompany such a document certifying the authenticity of the recording. Details are available upon request from the Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

Prospective Students