Our audition dates for 2014 will be posted shortly.
(They will occur mostly on Saturdays between mid February - mid April
To schedule an audition, all applicants must have applied to Western through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (www.ouac.on.ca). Once students have applied, the Don Wright Faculty of Music will contact them with an audition date and time.
Applicants must also submit:
Applicants should also ensure the faculty has received the following by their audition day (mailed to you upon receipt of your application):
Please note that conservatory certificates are not required. Nevertheless, conservatory grades do give some indication of the expected level. For most instruments, Grade VIII is the expected level; for piano, most successful applicants have achieved at least the Grade IX level.
Applicants may audition on two instruments. The Faculty will then suggest which instrument should become the principal instrument of study; only in exceptional cases are students permitted to study two instruments.
Applicants are expected to audition in person, but those living outside Ontario, or by special permission, may send a CD or DVD, prepared according to the following conditions:
The recording should be accompanied by a certificate which states that:
This certificate must be signed by a responsible person, other than the applicant, who was present during the taping.
The Audition Day normally starts by meeting the co-ordinators of the day in the Music Building Lobby. Directions to the Music Building can be found under Contact Us; A map of the main floor for the Music Building (to find the lobby) can be found here. Please note that the music faculty is housed in two buildings: the Music Building and Talbot College. You are looking for the Music Building.
After signing in with the co-ordinators in the Music Building Lobby, applicants are given the opportunity to warm up and/or meet with their accompanist. Applicants may provide their own accompanist, or arrange in advance to have one provided by the Faculty by indicating so on their Audition Card.
Applicants are generally auditioned by two members of the faculty, and the audition will include a brief interview. Applicants should be prepared to play two or three contrasting pieces, preferably from different periods, and some scales and/or studies. All applicants will be given some sight-reading at the audition. For specific instrument requirements, please see the appropriate instrument page:
All applicants are required to take an online Theory Placement Test on the day of their audition. The purpose of the test is twofold: firstly, to ensure that the student is registered in the appropriate theory course for first year (which might include a remedial correspondence course in the summer prior to first year) and secondly, as a part of the overall assessment for admission.
Approximately one-third of the Theory Placement Test is devoted to ear-training questions. The remaining parts of the test cover rudiments, harmony and voice leading, figured bass, and questions about phrase structure and simple forms. To prepare, students should review the content in the related conservatory theory rudiments for the expected grade level of their instrument (listed above).
Applicants are asked to take the online Theory Placement Test by their audition day.
Piano proficiency is not tested at the audition but students in the Honors Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Musical Arts programs, whose principal instrument is not piano, are required to reach a level of proficiency in piano equivalent to Conservatory Grade VI by the end of first year and prior to entry of second year.
To meet this requirement students must present a conservatory piano certificate of Grade 6 or higher or take a piano proficiency examination at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. The examination will require two contrasting pieces (memorization not required) taken from the Grade 6 repertoire and technical tests. Studies are not required. Piano proficiency examinations are normally scheduled for September, December and April. To sign up for an examination in September, December or April please visit the Main Office (Talbot College 210).
Applicants for whom piano is not the principal instrument and who have little or no knowledge of the piano are urged to prepare for the piano requirement as early as possible, preferably before admission to the Faculty.
For more information on the Undergraduate Admission Process, please contact:
Odilla Van Delinder
Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80532
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College Room 210
The University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond St.