Orchestral Instrumental Auditions

Large Ensemble Audition

NEW! The following information applies ONLY to violinists, violists and cellists:

  • All students, new and returning, need to fill out the online audition sign-up form for the Large Ensemble Audition.
  • The placement audition for large ensembles is mandatory for all new incoming students (undergraduate and graduate, except D.Mus.).
  • Returning students, including those who are starting a new degree, only need to take the audition if they want to be considered for principal positions.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Suzu Enns, Ensemble Resource Supervisor.

 

Large Ensemble Audition

The Orchestral Large Ensemble Audition covers the following ensembles:

  • McGill Symphony Orchestra
    MUEN 597 McGill Symphony Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CME (Contemporary Music Ensemble)
    MUEN 594 Contemporary Music Ensemble 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • McGill Wind Orchestra
    MUEN 590 McGill Wind Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Audition instructions

  • Complete the online audition sign-up form (available in Spring/Summer 2020).  Upon submission, you will have access to the password to download your audition excerpts from the Ensemble Hub website: https://sites.music.mcgill.ca/ensembles/auditions/.
  • Learn the excerpts for your instrument (available in Spring/Summer 2020).
  • Attend the audition for your instrument.  The audition schedule will be available in Spring/Summer 2020.
  • In order to participate in these ensembles you must take the audition, be placed in an ensemble and then register for the ensemble on Minerva. Ensemble registration is not automatic following the audition. It is the student’s responsibility to register for the correct ensemble once audition results are announced.
  • If you are not able to attend the live audition, please contact the Ensemble Resource Supervisor as soon as possible.

Fall 2020 instrumental ensemble placement audition schedule:

• All auditions are blind auditions. Arrive at the warmup room no later than the designated "Number Draw" time.
• Students then will draw numbers to determine a playing order and the auditions will begin promptly at the "Audition Start Time".

Date/Time: TBD

Instrument Date  Warmup Room Number Draw Audition Start Time Audition Room
Bassoon TBD

 

 

 

 

Cello TBD

 

 

 

 

Clarinet

TBD        

Double Bass

TBD  

 

 

 

Flute TBD

 

 

 

 

Harp TBD

 

 

 

 

French horn

TBD

 

 

 

 

Oboe TBD

 

 

 

 

Percussion

TBD

 

 

 

 

Saxophone TBD

 

 

 

 

Trumpet TBD

 

 

 

 

Trombone & Bass trombone TBD

 

 

 

 

Tuba/Euphonium TBD        

Viola

TBD        
Violin TBD        

Small Ensemble Audition

All orchestral instrumental students are required to do an assigned small ensemble in addition to a large ensemble during every term of enrolment. Assignments for small ensembles (chamber music) are usually based upon the results of the same audition for the Large Ensembles program. Students may request to be placed together in an ensemble by filling out the ensemble request form available at the large ensemble auditions, on the chamber music board outside C515, and outside the Ensemble Resource Office E-110.

There will be more information given during student orientation. Procedures will be explained, questions answered and initiatives announced.

Small Ensemble Auditions are restricted to students enrolled in performance programs unless special permission has been granted by the relevant coordinator.

Program Coordinator: jinjoo.cho [at] mcgill.ca (Jinjoo Cho)

Early Music Ensemble Audition

This audition is for participation in:

  • Early Music Ensemble (EME)
    MUEN 580 Early Music Ensemble 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
    MUEN 573 Baroque Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Audition Instructions:

  • Sign up for the audition on the appropriate signup sheet.

Audition Material:

  • Prepare one selection from the Baroque period or earlier.
  • Please bring your own accompanist.  Harpsichord/piano will be available.
  • Sight reading may be given.

Audition Time/Date:

  • Early Music Ensemble/Baroque Orchestra:
    • Date : TBD
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: TBD

Beethoven Orchestra

This audition is for participation in:

BEETHOVEN ORCHESTRA

MUEN 567 Beethoven Orchestra 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

This ensemble is open to Non-Music students.

Audition Instructions:

  • Non- music students need to audition with the professor prior to the first class meeting.
  • Music students do not need to play an audition.

Audition Material:

  • A short piece demonstrating your abilities on your instrument
  • Sight reading of a short orchestral excerpt

Audition Time and Date: TBD

Students auditioning should arrive at the designated room during that time frame. Professor Hauser will hear students in the order that they arrive.

Audition Locations:TBD

Please direct questions regarding the Beethoven Orchestra auditions to the Ensemble Office: ensembles.music [at] mcgill.ca

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