Piano Auditions

All new/first-year undergraduate piano students are required to successfully complete MUEN 581 Introduction to Ensemble Playing for Pianists prior to taking any of the other auditions for piano ensemble work.

Mixed Ensemble Auditions

The Mixed Ensemble Audition covers the following ensembles:

  • McGill Symphony Orchestra & Sinfonietta
    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

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

  • Sonata Masterclass
    MUEN 585 Sonata Masterclass 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • Studio Accompanying
    MUEN 584 Studio Accompanying 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    MUEN 684 Studio Accompanying 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • Chamber Music (Small ensembles ie: piano trio, piano quartet) (
    MUEN 560 Chamber Music Ensemble 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    *If you are planning on participating in a chamber music ensemble, get information online about the Chamber Music meeting on the small ensemble audition web page.

Audition Instructions:

  • Sign up for your audition on the appropriate sheet across from Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C209)- posted one week prior to the auditions.
  • Learn the quick study piece (see below).
  • If you are an undergraduate student, the prerequisite for this audition is completion of MUEN 581- Introduction to Ensemble Playing for Pianists. All graduate students are eligible to take this audition without taking MUEN 581 first.

Graduate piano students:

MUEN 581 Intro to Ens Play for Pianists 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

could be substituted by
MUEN 556 Intro to Collaborative Piano 1 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Additional Information:

  • Any student that already has an established agreement with an instructor of a studio that they will accompany for Studio Accompanying  (MUEN 584/586) must have the instructor confirm this with Prof. Hashimoto directly.
  • Piano Mixed Ensemble Auditions are restricted to students enrolled in performance programs unless special permission has been granted by the coordinator.
  • There will be no auditions in January; students wanting to participate in the Winter semester must take the audition this term.

Audition Materials:

  • Quick study piece: TBD
  • A selection of your choice from the solo piano repertoire; minimum of 4 minutes in duration.

Audition Time/Date:

  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Audition Location: C-416 (Professor Hashimoto's Office)

Questions? kyoko.hashimoto [at] mcgill.ca (Contact Prof. Hashimoto by email) or, by phone: 514-398-4535 ext.00264

Song Interpretation Auditions

This audition is for participation in:

SONG INTERPRETATION 1 & 2

MUEN 578 Song Interpretation 1 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

&
MUEN 579 Song Interpretation 2 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

with Michael McMahon on Fridays.
These ensembles are not open to Non-Music students.

Audition Instructions: Sign up for an audition time and arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your time.  

Audition Material:

  • Pianists: 1 Romantic work, up to 7 minutes in length.
  • Vocalists: 2 songs, 1 German and 1 of your choosing.

Audition Time/Date: 

  • Song Interpretation Auditions Day 1: TBD
  • Song Interpretation Auditions Day 2: TBD

See sign up sheets across from Clara Lichtenstein Hall for individual times. Sign-up sheets are posted one week before the auditions.

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Auditions

This audition is for participation in:

Vocal Chamber Ensemble 

MUEN 553 Vocal Chamber Ensemble 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Coordinator: Annamaria Popescu)

This ensemble is open to Voice Majors and Pianists.

Audition Instructions:

  • Sign up for a time on the ensemble boards located across the hall from C-209 (on the 2nd floor of the Strathcona Music Building).
  • Show up 5 minutes prior to your audition time.

Audition Material:

  • Pianists: 1 Romantic work, up to 7 minutes in length.
  • Vocalists: 2 songs, 1 German and 1 of your choosing.

Audition Time/Date:

  • TBD
See sign-up sheets across from Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C209) for individual times. Sign-up sheets are posted one week before the auditions.
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