BMus entrance audition

for Bachelor of Music programs

Before you begin

Complete UCalgary application

If you have not yet done so, please visit the Admissions website to submit your UCalgary application for admission, and then return to this page to continue your Bachelor of Music Audition Application.

Apply for UCalgary admission

Have your UCID available

This was created when submitting your UCalgary application for admission.

Complete before deadline

All audition documents for in-­person and video auditions must be submitted online by February 15, 2022.

Theory requirements for all music students

Students applying to any Music program must provide proof of completion of Advanced Rudiments OR Level 8 Theory from the Royal Conservatory (ABRSM Level 5 will also be accepted).

If you are applying for the BMus program, a photocopy of the examination certificate must be submitted with the BMus audition application form.

If you are applying to the BA Music program, please email a copy of your certificate to musicug@ucalgary.ca and provide your name and UCID number.

Students who do not have this documentation or who have not taken any formal examinations will be required to complete a music theory diagnostic exam. If you would like to take the examination, please email musicug@ucalgary.ca and provide your name, your UCID number.

The diagnostic exam will cover the following topics:

  • Rudiments (scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, seventh chords, meter & rhythm)
  • Transposition
  • Roman numeral analysis and identification of non­chord tones
  • Aural skills (identifying intervals and chord types, melodic dictation, error dictation)

You must receive a grade of at least 70% to pass this exam.

A good book to assist with your preparation is Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka. It is available in the Taylor Family Digital Library. If you are in Calgary and would like to work with a tutor to prepare you for the exam, please contact the Music Undergraduate Society at undmusic@ucalgary.ca

The last method of satisfying the requirement is the completion of the course MUSI 209: Introduction to Music Theory. This course is offered in the summer semester each academic year.
*Please note that this course often fills up quickly.

Students who have not completed the theory requirement prior to September will not be able to take required courses MUSI 213 or 225.

UCalgary Choir rehearsal
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UCalgary Orchestra rehearsal

BMus auditions

Application forms: 
Two application forms are required when applying for the BMus:

1) Application for admission to the University of Calgary
2) BMus Entrance Audition Application

After submitting a general application to the University of Calgary Admissions Office, students must submit a BMus audition application form to assist us in scheduling an audition, as well as informing the division of your past musical experience/abilities.

In-Person Auditions for BMus Admission:  
All audition documents for in-person auditions must be submitted by February 15, 2022.

Each applicant will be notified by email with the exact day, time and location on their audition shortly after the application deadline passes.

Students are assessed on technique, performance, talent, potential, and musicality during their audition. In addition to repertoire performance, both sight-reading and technique may be included as part of the audition. Please review the audition repertoire suggestions for additional details.

Pianists and vocalists should be prepared to perform repertoire at the RCM Grade X level. All others should be prepared to perform repertoire at the RCM Grade VIII level. Students who have not reached the Grade VIII level but who have a serious interest in a career in music are encouraged to apply and to audition at the level of performance they have reached. 

Accompanists:
This year due to COVID-19, you do not need to have an accompanist. Auditions may be played unaccompanied or with pre-recorded accompaniment tracks. there will be no penalty for performing without a live accompanist. 

Vocalists should perform with a pre-recorded accompanist track (as opposed to a cappella).

All prospective students should follow their local government health guidelines, never putting themselves or their accompanists at risk. 

Please review additional information available under Frequently Asked Questions.


UCalgary staged ensemble

BMus video auditions

Applicants living more than 150 km from Calgary or those who do not feel comfortable with an in-person audition may submit a video audition.

OPTIONS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR AUDITION VIDEO

Video auditions may be submitted as Vimeo or YouTube links in the BMus audition application.

Submitting your audition video via Vimeo

  1. Sign-in to your Vimeo account, or sign-up for a free account with Vimeo
  2. Upload your audition video
  3. Set the privacy settings for your video and select a password. We encourage you to select the following privacy option: Only people with a password
  4. Include the video URL and your password in your University of Calgary BMus Audition Application before submitting. (Please note: if submitting after application has been completed, you may email the link to us at musicug@ucalgary.ca by the application deadline.)

Submitting your audition video via YouTube

  1. Sign-in to your YouTube account, or sign-up for a free account with YouTube
  2. Upload your audition video
  3. Set the privacy settings for your video. We encourage you to select the following privacy option: Unlisted Video
  4. Include the video URL in your University of Calgary BMus Audition Application before submitting. (Please note: if submitting after application has been completed, you may email the link to us at musicug@ucalgary.ca by the application deadline.)

If a video audition is submitted, the student may be required to perform a live audition upon arrival.

Video auditions: All application documents must be submitted online by February 15, 2022

BMus entrance audition FAQs

Yes, within reason. Your audition repertoire must be listed on the audition form by the submission deadline. But, if you need to switch one piece then you can email the Undergraduate Program Administrator (UPA) at musicug@ucalgary.ca with your replacement request. The UPA will print your email and include it in your application folder.

This year due to COVID-19, you do not need to have an accompanist. Auditions may be played unaccompanied or with pre-recorded accompaniment tracks. There will be no penalty for performing without a live accompanist. 

Vocalists should perform with a pre-recorded accompaniment track (as opposed to a cappella). 

All prospective students should follow their local government health guidelines, never putting themselves or their accompanists at risk.

No, you do not have to have your entrance audition pieces memorized. If you are able to do some of the repertoire from memory then it does demonstrate thorough study of the piece, but it is not necessary or expected that the audition pieces will be completely memorized.

The audition is only one part of the Admission process. The Division of Music will send their recommendations to the Admissions office; the Admissions team will complete their review and update your admission status in your Student Centre. This may take some time as Admission decisions are ongoing. Please see your Student Centre for further details.

You will require the eID and password you created at the time of application in order to log into your Student Centre. If you forget your eID/password, please contact IT Support at itsupport@ucalgary.ca or 1-403-220-5555.

The Division of Music will send you an email with your music theory diagnostic exam results within 10 business days after the auditions close.

If you do not pass, you can write the exam again in the last week of August, or you can register in the MUSI 209 - Introduction to Music Theory course, which is offered in the Summer term and will satisfy the music theory requirement.

If you do not satisfy the music theory requirement before September courses begin, you may be switched into the BA Music program and required to register in the MUSI 209 - Introduction to Music Theory course, which is offered in the Summer term, to satisfy the music theory requirement. Then you may be able to submit a Change of Program to switch back into the BMus program.

If you do not satisfy the music theory requirement before registration begins, you will not be able to register in MUSI 211, 213 or 225.

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