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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Where are auditions/interviews held?

    Our auditions/interviews are usually held at the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus at the following locations. Specific location/s will be provided when applicants check in for their audition/interview.

  • How do I know that you have received my application?

    Receipt of all audition/interview applications will be acknowledged via email. If an email notification is not received, applicants wishing to check that their application has been processed should email the Elder Conservatorium (applicants should check their junk mail/spam folder first to ensure that the message has not appeared there, rather than the inbox as expected).

  • What do I do if I've made an error in my online audition application- should I submit a new form?

    Please do not submit a new audition application form if you realise you've made a mistake. Please email the Elder Conservatorium with the details of the error and we'll correct the information in your application.

  • Is there a fee for applying for auditions/interviews?

    No, there is no fee for applying to attend and audition/interview. You should note that SATAC applications will incur fees- check the SATAC website for more information.

  • How long is the audition/interview?

    Auditions are usually 15 minutes overall. A warm up room is provided 15 minutes prior to audition either adjacent or near the audition venue. Sonic Arts group interviews normally last one hour.

  • What is expected of me at the audition/interview for my instrument/area or major?

    Audition/interview requirements for all instruments and majors can be found on our Auditions/Interviews page.

  • I'm not sure what pieces to present for my audition- where can I get some advice?

    Applicants applying for a performance major should check the audition requirements listed on the Auditions/Interviews page.

    Applicants should check the Assumed Knowledge for each major, also listed in the Program Guide. This will give you an indication of the level at which you should be playing for the audition (e.g. Assumed Knowledge for Classical Performance is year 12 Solo Performance or AMEB Practical Grades 6-7).

    Jazz applicants are welcome to choose pieces to present in their audition from the Suggested Repertoire List.

    All applicants are strongly recommended to discuss their audition repertoire choices with their instrumental/vocal teacher.

  • How many panel members are present at the audition/interview?

    The panel normally comprises two people.

  • Can I bring someone with me into the audition/interview?

    Only the applicant, the panel members, other Elder Conservatorium staff (as deemed necessary) and an accompanist or rhythm section member/s are permitted to be present during the audition/interview itself.

  • What if I am overseas? How do I audition/interview?

    Overseas applicants may audition for instrumental areas by submitting a high quality video recording  in lieu of a live audition. The requirements for each instrument are the same as those attending a live audition. DVD auditions are considered during the audition period using the same standards and criteria. The  DVD must be received at the Conservatorium by the beginning of the audition round in November/December. A letter of verification from a music teacher or suitably qualified person to certify that the DVD contains only the applicant’s own work. This must be enclosed with the audition material. Aural/theory tests are not required however detailed information about the applicant’s theoretical background must be provided.

  • I need to provide an accompanist but I don’t have one. Do you know of any?

    A comprehensive list of accompanists is available from the Accompanists' Guild of South Australia open link in new window. Any arrangements and charges involved will be the applicant’s responsibility.

    The Conservatorium appreciates that time is required to organise and prepare audition repertoire with an accompanist. However, we are unable to confirm precise dates and times of auditions until after the closing date of each round. As such, the Conservatorium recommends applicants contact an accompanist well in advance of the audition rounds to make a tentative booking. Should applicants need to practise with the accompanist prior to an audition/interview session, warm-up rooms are available on the day.

  • What if I need to change my audition/interview date or time?

    While every consideration will be given to meeting applicant’s requirements, we cannot guarantee that changes are possible once the audition/interview schedule has been determined (this occurs in the two weeks prior to the commencement of the auditions/interviews). Any requests must be made in writing in the first instance. Please email the Elder Conservatorium with all details.

  • What if I have some audition/interview dates or times at a time when I can’t be available?

    Applicants with commitments during the audition period must advise of these in advance as the schedule can sometimes accommodate them. Any requests must be made in writing at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the auditions/interviews. Please email the Conservatorium with all details.

  • When are results from the audition/interview process provided?

    All applicants will be sent an email to inform them of the outcome of their audition/interview, normally within two weeks. This advice is not a formal offer of admission. Formal offers to music programs are only made by SATAC or the University admissions office during their normal offer rounds.

    Audition scores are not provided, however applicants are given an indication of the level of program for which the audition requirements have been met. This indicates which programs they could be considered for during the selection process on the basis of their audition/interview results, and shows the programs that their current skill level and experience has prepared them for.

    Please note: selections for all Elder Conservatorium of Music programs are made on the basis of academic achievement, audition/interview scores and aural/ theory test scores.

  • Can you tell me about the musicianship test?

    Information about the musicianship test can be found on our Auditions/Interviews page.

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