Take note of the following guidelines when preparing your audition video:
Your video audition should include 3-4 pieces, with a total of no more than 15 minutes, with a good variety of styles, tempi, and sounds.
Please upload short separate videos for each piece.
Singers must sing in at least 2 languages, and must perform from memory.
If the piece requires accompaniment, you must perform it with an accompanist.
Place the camera so that you, your instrument, and your full range of motion are in the frame at all times. It is not necessary to show accompanists.
State your name and say “This is my audition for the Concordia University Music Department”.
State the title and composer before each piece.
If you perform your own work, please upload the score.
You may video a live performance if you are featured and the video is focused on you.
You must do the Basic Theory Test and you must pass it. You must do the Classical Sight Singing Level I question. You must attempt the following other theory and ear-training placement tests, as they can lead to course exemptions: Classical Dictation I, Exemption Test MUSI 251 (basic harmony work), and Exemption Test MUSI 252 (counterpoint). The only optional tests are Classical Dictation II and its Sight Singing Level II question, for exemption from MUSI 212. For the placement/exemption tests, note that materials range quite broadly, from very basic rudiments up to intermediate harmony, counterpoint, and formal analysis.
All jazz auditions must include three pieces as follows:
One standard of your choice
Aim for a high standard of performance, a well-balanced program, and demonstrate your strengths and joy in making music.
Points to observe for video auditions
Place the camera so that you, your instrument, and your full range of motion are in the frame at all times. It is not necessary to show accompanists. Choose a medium distance that shows as much detail as possible while still allowing the image to be framed as described above.
State your name and say, “This is my audition for the Concordia University Music Department.”
State title and composer before each piece is played.
The whole video recording should not exceed 15 minutes.
Composers/arrangers may perform one piece of their own work and are asked to upload or send in scores.
The three selections are as for all jazz auditions: one blues, one ballad, and one standard of your choice. Vocal improvisation (scat singing) or vocalise is optional.
Jazz Bass, Guitar and Piano, Vibraphone/Marimba
It is essential to demonstrate both accompaniment and solo skills in the audition.
In your three selections, be sure to cover the following:
Play swing time
Play with brushes
Play a Latin rhythm
Applicants are required to do an online written theory test to demonstrate solid musical knowledge, and also for course placement (exemptions from some courses may be granted based on test results). Materials range quite broadly, from very basic rudiments up to intermediate harmony, counterpoint, and formal analysis.
Electroacoustic Studies admissions package
We need to know more about you than the university application provides. Please take your time in completing the application and pay particular attention to the letter of intent section regarding your interest and motivation to succeed in this program.
Our Music admissions website will ask you to:
Provide information about your background, in particular your:
Music and sound interests and activities
Technical (familiarity with software and hardware)
Professional/work experience (if applicable)
Other arts activities
Define a list of terms
Provide a letter of intent
Complete a basic theory screening test
Take theory placement tests
Upload a portfolio
Read the portfolio guidelines below and then begin your electroacoustics admissions process.
The portfolio is the most important part of your application to the Electroacoustic Studies program, and the committee listens to your portfolio in great detail. The works must be technically correct, normalized and accurate. When reviewing your portfolio the committee will pay attention to the following:
Is the work simply sampled from low-quality mp3 samples?
Is the work made from carefully selected soundscape recordings?
Does the work use off-the-shelf DAW processing plugins in standard or clichéd ways?
Does the work show careful attention to all of the sounds, all the time?
Select your best, most representative examples of creative sound work that show your breadth and depth of interest in the field. Electroacoustic compositions and or sound art demonstrating sound generation and manipulation techniques are the most suitable for this application. The committee looks for the amount and quality of sound design being done, the kinds of manipulation, the creative ways in which the sound is put together.
Submit 3 to 5 electroacoustic compositions and/or sound design material
Duration can be 2-5 minutes for each
For each example, there is space to give the
Label your works clearly and provide context in the online admissions form:
Give the title, duration, program/production notes, and your intention in creating the work (for a video, for coursework, for the portfolio etc.)
Identify the hardware/software you used, and the source sounds and processes
Indicate if you recorded your own sounds for the work
Tell us if the work was a collarborative piece, and if so, identify your role
To get an idea of suitable material, research and listen to examples of electroacoustic and/or acousmatic music online.
Please contact us if you would like additional guidance before submitting your admissions form.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please do not, for any reason, send your portfolio files via email or web file transfer services. ONLY use the upload site provided above.