Piano
Pianists should be prepared to play three pieces from different style periods of music (such as Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Twentieth-century, or Contemporary). The suggested minimum level for repertoire is Grade 9 (either Mount Allison Local Centre, Royal Conservatory of Music, or Conservatory Canada.)

Voice
Singers should be prepared to perform three contrasting pieces from the classical voice repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, etc). One selection should be in a language other than English (French, Italian, German, etc). Audition repertoire should be at or above the RCM Grade 8 level. Singers will also be asked to sight-sing a brief excerpt at their audition.

Strings
String players (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) should be prepared to play three pieces from different style periods of music (such as Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Twentieth-century, or Contemporary). The suggested minimum level for repertoire is Grade 9 (Royal Conservatory of Music or other comparable system.)

Clarinet and saxophone

  • Scales: two major scales of our choosing. All slurred and all tongued, in eighth notes at quarter note = 92 bpm.
  • Two pieces of contrasting style. At least one must have piano accompaniment. Jazz players may play an optional third piece in jazz style.
  • Sight-reading

Flute

  • Scales: major scales, harmonic minor scales, two octaves
  • Two pieces of contrasting style. At least one must have piano accompaniment.
  • Sight-reading

Oboe and bassoon
Oboists and bassoonists should prepare three pieces in contrasting styles. At least one must have piano accompaniment.

Brass

  • Scales: prepare all major scales. All slurred and all tongued, in eighth notes at quarter note = 92 bpm.
  • Two pieces of contrasting style. At least one must have piano accompaniment.
  • Sight-reading (may or may not be asked)

Percussion
Percussionists should prepare three pieces in contrasting styles, demonstrating ability on the snare drum, drum set, multi-percussion set-up or mallet instruments (xylophone, marimba or vibraphone). If possible a timpani piece and some orchestral excerpts can also be presented.
 
At the audition, you will be asked to do some basic sight-reading on snare drum and mallets instruments. Also, demonstration of some of the most important rudiments on snare drum will be required: long rolls (open and closed), flams, ruffs, and paradiddles.
 
Scales on either xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone: major scales, two octaves are also required.

Guitar
Guitarists should prepare three pieces of contrasting styles and displaying different techniques from the classical guitar repertoire. A standard source from which to select appropriate pieces is the Bridges series of graded repertoire and studies compiled by the Royal Conservatory of Music and published by Frederick Harris Music. Students are expected to audition with pieces of at least the Grade 5 level.

Organ
Organists should prepare three contrasting pieces.