Performance Exams (Opera and Voice M.Mus.)

Song text translations and program notes are required for recital projects 1-4.  Opera principal roles are by audition in September.

Required:

MUPG 600 Recital Project 1 9 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Optional (9 credits from the following):

MUPG 601 Recital Project 2 9 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 602 Recital Project 3 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 603 Recital Project 4 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 605 Recording Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 606 Interdisciplinary Project 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 614 Quick Study 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Voice thesis only:

MUPG 607 Interdisciplinary Project 2 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Performance Exams

Deadlines

Beginning of year: Book the hall for your recital with the Production Office, Room C208.

The following deadlines apply for all exams listed above.

Submit your Graduate Exam Application Form by (this is a different form than the one given by the Production Office):

  • October 1st for exams between November and January;
  • December 1st for exams between February and March;
  • February 15th for exams between April and October.

Submit program notes up to 3 weeks before your exam, if applicable.

Guidelines

Planning the Performance Project

  • Discuss with your teacher how to use and schedule options to complete 18 credits of thesis exams required or your program, including planning for the 2nd year.

Selecting & Booking a Hall

  • Attend concerts in the halls. Visit our Facilities pages early in your program to find concert hall seating plans, technical requirements, and booking instructions.
  • Consider repertoire, instrumentation, type of audience, and any other additional requirements (i.e. overhead projection).  
  • Consult with your teacher about their availability (typically May for Master's recitals) and book your hall at the beginning of the year if possible. To book your recital, please see the Production Office in Room C-208.

Examiners for Performance Exams

Please see the Examiner's List under the Graduate Exam Application Form section..

Quick Study

  • Quick Studies are arranged and held on a pre-determined date around mid-November or the end of March/April each year, and announced in the Spring of each semester.
  • Fill out the Graduate Exam Application Form and notify the Voice Area Coordinator of your intent to do the quick study.
  • Indicate the name of your vocal coach in the box “Questions, Comments and Requests” in the Graduate Exam Application Form.
  • Repertoire will be assigned three weeks before the scheduled performance date. 

Working Collaboratively

  • Agreements with accompanists should be confirmed in writing and include dates and times of rehearsals, repertoire, fees, and how the fees will be paid.
  • Cultivate a professional working relationship with your accompanist:
    • Provide repertoire well ahead of rehearsals and concert times.  
    • Create an efficient rehearsal schedule, with defined goals, in advance.
    • Cancel or change rehearsal times only in exceptional circumstances.
    • Be prepared for each rehearsal.  Listen to recordings of great performances and discuss with your teacher what makes that particular collaborative relationship so artistic or powerful.

Recording your Recital

Recitals can be recorded using the one-touch recording system. Otherwise there will be a service charge according to the maximum of musicians on stage at any given time. Please contact the Production Office (production.music [at] mcgill.ca) for prices. All recording requests must be made on the appropriate form available from the Production Office (C-208) and returned no later than 2 weeks before the event.

Grading Policy

The final mark for all performance exams will be an average of the three grades submitted by the three examiners.

Read the Performance Examination Policy (PDF) for more information.

Keys to Success“We perform because we are moved to speak. Creating a program is following that voice through the words of others, making them your own...[Creating a] topography through different works and stories, I learned very early on not be afraid to allow a piece to fall upon the cutting room floor. Sometimes a piece we may love disrupts the balance of form that we need from our performance."
-Russell Wustenberg, M.Mus. (Voice)

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