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Audition Requirements

Recorded Submissions

Overseas and interstate applicants may audition for instrumental/vocal areas by submitting a high-quality video recording. Applicants for other areas (Composition, Sonic Arts, Popular Music & Creative Technologies) should submit a folio of works. Recordings/folios are assessed during the audition periods using the same standards and criteria (below) that apply to live auditions.

Recordings/folios can be submitted via DVD or via an online file-sharing service such as DropBox or YouTube.

  • Domestic applicants should submit their materials directly to the Conservatorium either by post or email to auditions.music@adelaide.edu.au. These must be received by the Conservatorium by the beginning of the relevant audition round.
  • International applicants must submit their audition recording and additional documents as part of their application to the University of Adelaide, Student Recruitment and Admissions Services, Level 4 Kenneth Wills Building, Adelaide 5000.

Recordings/folios should be no older than 12 months from the date of submission, and must include:

  • Applicant's full name and SATAC application/reference number;
  • The applicant's choice of program and instrument/area, e.g. Master of Music (Performance Studies) - Classical Piano
  • A complete list of repertoire presented in the audition recording (i.e. full composer and work details);
  • A letter of verification (preferably from a teacher) stating that the recording is a true representation of the applicant's performance/work;
  • A list of repertoire studied in the past two years (for instrumental applicants).

Offshore Auditions

Auditions will be held in the following offshore locations in 2017:

Beijing: Saturday 22 April -  Dulwich International College
If you would like more information about these auditions, or to register your intention to participate in an offshore audition, please email china_enquiries@adelaide.edu.au


Undergraduate Programs - Audition Requirements

  • Diploma in Music

    There are 3 majors in the Diploma in Music and each has different audition requirements:

    Contemporary Music & Technology Studies

    Applicants will be interviewed individually and will be asked to provide a recording of a minimum of three of their own songs/compositions which demonstrate their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, and their potential for further development. In some instances, where an applicant is unable to provide recordings, songs/compositions may be performed live during the interview. Where recordings are provided, applicants may be asked to further demonstrate their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, as determined by the panel. Applicants will be advised of this additional requirement at the time of the interview and should be prepared to perform if deemed necessary.
    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.

    Additional items to bring: Applicants should bring copies of their CV/portfolio together with recordings and/or written scores that demonstrate their songwriting/compositional ability.

    For recorded submissions (international / interstate applicants)
    Applicants should submit a recording of three original works composed in a pop/rock style which demonstrates their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice and their potential for further development. Applicants should also submit a CV of relevant experience in the pop/rock style.

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.


    Music & Media

    Interview: applicants will be interviewed in group (interview duration = 15 minutes)

    Short questionnaire: applicants will complete a short questionnaire as part of the interview process.

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? A range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.

    Additional items to bring: applicants should bring a CV to the interview. A CD demonstrating the widest variety of the applicant’s abilities and activities should be left with the panel at the interview.

    For recorded submissions (international / interstate applicants)
    Applicants should submit a CV demonstrating the widest variety of their abilities and activities. The panel will be looking at a range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.


    Ensemble Studies

    Depending on area of specialisation/instrument, please see audition requirements for the Bachelor of Music programs.

  • Bachelor of Music – Classical Voice

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces performed:
    applicants are required to prepare three contrasting works. Songs should include a variety of styles such as early Italian, a classical arrangement of a folk song or spiritual, an Art song (a classically composed song in any language) or up to one song from a musical.

    Sight-reading: applicants are expected to be able to sight sing at Grade 4 AMEB level (domestic students only)

    Aural test: some very basic aural tests may be conducted during the audition.

  • Bachelor of Music – (Music Performance – Classical)
    Brass

    French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces performed:
     Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces showing musicianship, technical facility and current musical achievement.

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? Good tonal quality, clear articulation, precise rhythm and accurate intonation.

    Sight-reading: This may be tested along with technical work such as scales and arpeggios.

    Keyboard

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces Performed:
     The applicant should prepare three contrasting and stylistically varied pieces chosen from the mainstream classical keyboard repertoire. The program must include a study or piece of a technical nature, as well as a polyphonic piece (e.g. Bach, Shostakovich, Hindemith).

    Scales: Familiarity with scales and arpeggios will be expected.

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare a short piece of sight-reading (domestic applicants only)

     

    Percussion

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces Performed:
    Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting works selected from the following percussion categories. Applicants must include at least one work from each category.

    • Group 1: vibraphone, xylophone, marimba
    • Group 2: timpani, snare drum, multi-percussion

    Technical Work: It is expected that applicants will play any major or minor scale/arpeggio, one or two octaves. Basic snare drum rudiments will be required (domestic students only)

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare an 8–10 bar piece of sight-reading (domestic students only)

     

    Strings

    Violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, harp

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces Performed:
     Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces showing musicianship, technical facility and current musical achievement.

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? Good tonal quality, clear articulation, precise rhythm and accurate intonation.

    Technical work and sight-reading: Applicants may be tested on scales, arpeggios and sight-reading skills.

     

    Woodwind

    Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces Performed:
     Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces from different periods/styles. They do not need to play a complete sonata but can choose one movement.

    Technical Work: It is expected that applicants will play any 3 major scales, 3 harmonic minor scales, 3 melodic minor scales plus arpeggios, chromatic scales starting on any note, whole tone scales on C and C sharp. (domestic students only)

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare an 8–10 bar piece of sight-reading (domestic students only)

  • Bachelor of Music (Music Composition)

    Interview duration = 15 minutes
    Folio:
     Applicants should bring copies of several of their scores (normally three) that enable the panel to understand their current style and handling of compositional techniques. If compositions are short, miniature pieces, applicants may wish to bring more than three. These scores should be brought to the interview, not sent prior to that time. Scores may be neatly written or computer generated (there is no preference for the latter), but they must be photocopies and not originals as the audition/interview panel will retain them after the audition.

    What will applicants be asked about? Applicants will be invited to speak about the character of their compositions and the techniques through which their musical ideas are expressed. Applicants will be asked general questions about things such as their knowledge of the musical repertory as well as the composers, experiences and musical works that have influenced them.

    Recorded submissions
    Applicants must present a folio of three or more recently completed original compositions for different instruments / ensembles. These compositions should demonstrate the applicants current understanding of style and compositional techniques. Copies of scores should accompany the submission and may be neatly written or computer generated.

  • Bachelor of Music (Music Performance - Jazz)

    Bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, voice, flute, violin

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces Performed:
     Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces, typically blues, Latin and swing standards. (Refer to the Suggested Repertoire List for examples of possible repertoire.)

    Scales: All (12 keys) major scales and at least two types of minor scales are expected.

    Sight-reading: Applicants may be asked to read chords and melody lines for their instrument within a big band chart.

    Chord Chart Reading: Play/improvise from a simple chord chart.

    Accompanist / Rhythm Section: it is preferable for applicants to bring rhythm section players to the audition, thereby giving the panel an opportunity to evaluate the applicant’s interaction with other players. However, if this is not possible, CD backing tracks are acceptable.

    Equipment: Music stands, a vocal PA and mic, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier and drum kit with cymbals are provided in the audition venue. Drummers should bring their own sticks. Please note that the warm-up rooms only have an amplifier.

    Recorded submissions
    Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces, typically blues, Latin and swing standards. (Refer to the Suggested Repertoire List for examples of possible repertoire.)

  • Bachelor of Music – (Music Education and Pedagogy)

    There are no separate interviews or auditions for Music Education and Pedagogy. Applicants will need to meet the audition requirements of their relevant instrument/voice or specialisation audition.

  • Bachelor of Music (Musicology)

    Applicants applying for entry into the Musicology major will be required to attend an interview and sit the aural/theory test.

    The panel will be looking for a range of skills in the area of music history and music theory, and an enthusiastic attitude towards the study of music. Evidence of well-developed writing skills and an interest in developing abilities to describe and analyse music. Although musical performance is not required with this major, the ability to read music is expected.

  • Bachelor of Music (Popular Music and Creative Technologies)

    Applicants will be interviewed individually and will be asked to provide a recording of a minimum of three of their own songs/compositions which demonstrate their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, and their potential for further development. In some instances, where an applicant is unable to provide recordings, songs/compositions may be performed live during the interview. Where recordings are provided, applicants may be asked to further demonstrate their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, as determined by the panel. Applicants will be advised of this additional requirement at the time of the interview and should be prepared to perform if deemed necessary.
    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.

    Additional Items to Bring: applicants should bring copies of their CV/portfolio together with recordings and/or written scores that demonstrate their songwriting/compositional ability.

    Recorded submissions
    Applicants should submit a recording of three original works composed in a pop/rock style which demonstrate their creativity, technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice and potential for further development. Applicants should also submit a CV of relevant experience in the pop/rock style.

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.

  • Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts)

    Interview: Applicants will be interviewed in groups (interview duration = 15 minutes)

    Short Questionnaire: Applicants will complete a short questionnaire as part of the interview process.

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? A range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.

    Additional Items to Bring: applicants should bring a CV to the interview. A CD demonstrating the widest variety of the applicant’s abilities and activities should be left with the panel at the interview.

    Recorded submissions
    Applicants must submit a collection of works that includes original compositions and/or recorded or produced songs and/or instrumental performance. The folio should demonstrate musicianship and technical ability in music technology. Applicants should submit a CV with their recording.

    What is the audition/interview panel looking for? A range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program of classical vocal repertoire which:

    • Includes music composed in the period from the 18th century to the 21st century inclusive (including a minimum of one piece composed in the 20/21st century and performed in original language).
    • Displays competence in four languages (English, Italian, German & French).
    • Shows a good understanding of most of the following styles and genres: ‘Early Music’, Oratorio, Opera, Lieder, French mélodie and Art song.

    Consideration will be given to presentation and musicianship as manifested in the performances. The candidate must demonstrate technical skills and a level of musical maturity at a level equivalent to successful completion of a three year performance degree.

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Music Composition)

    Applicants must submit a portfolio of 3-4 recent works that demonstrates experience in working with a variety of forms and media, such as (but not limited to) orchestral forces, chamber ensemble, and/or vocal setting of text. The portfolio must include a fully notated score of each work, with at least one work for large forces (e.g. orchestra) and at least one showing the development of musical material over an extended time span (approx. 10-15 minutes in duration).

    Interview duration = 25 minutes

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Music Performance – Classical)
    Brass

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes ONE of the following options:

    • 25 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment
    • 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto with accompaniment
    • 10-15 minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10-15 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

     

    Keyboard

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    • A polyphonic work (Bach or Shostakovich).
    • A movement or movements from a sonata, or major extended work from the repertoire
    • An etude or piece of a specifically technical nature.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

     

    Percussion

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    • Advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in the areas of tuned and untuned percussion.
    • 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto displaying skills in the area of tuned and untuned percussion
    • 10-15minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10 - 15minutes of advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in tuned and untuned percussion.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree

     

    Strings

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

    • One movement from a Solo Sonatas or Partita by JS Bach
    • First movement of a major 19th or 20th Century concerto with cadenza
    • Virtuoso showpiece

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

     

    Woodwind

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

    • One movement from a baroque work
    • Either one movement from the Mozart Concerto in D or G Concerto OR one movement from a major 19th or 20th Century Concerto
    • Virtuoso showpiece

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Music Performance – Jazz)

    Applicants must present a 25 minute program demonstrating an ability to play in an ensemble environment including a broad range of jazz styles showing accompanying and solo ability.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate jazz performance degree.

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Musicology)

    Applicants should submit an example of a research essay of approx. 3000-5000 words on a music-related topic.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate degree.

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Popular Music & Creative Technologies)

    Applicants must submit studio recordings of three original songs, a video of them performing live and a CV.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate music degree.

    Interview duration = 25 minutes

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts)

    Applicants must submit a recorded portfolio of work of approximately 20 minutes duration demonstrating an advanced level of skill in one or more of the following areas:

    • Composition using electronic or electro-acoustic media
    • Sound design, computer programming for sound/music
    • Live electronic/electro-acoustic music performance
    • Hardware/ software development
    • Audio recording/production

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate music degree.

    Interview duration = 25 minutes

Postgraduate Programs - Audition Requirements

  • Classical Performance: Brass (french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes ONE of the following options :

    * 25 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment

    * 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto with accompaniment

    * 10-15minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10-15 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Classical Performance: Conducting

    Applicants should present a 15 minute program which includes two contrasting pieces, may be with an orchestra or ensemble, or, should that not be possible, with two pianos playing an orchestral reduction. Applicants will be given the opportunity to do a live audition or submit a video recording of their conducting.



  • Classical Performance: Keyboard (piano, organ, harpsichord)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    * A polyphonic work (Bach or Shostakovich).

    * A movement or movements from a sonata, or major extended work from the repertoire

    * An etude or piece of a specifically technical nature.


    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree

  • Classical Performance: Percussion (tuned and untuned classical percussion)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    *Advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in the areas of tuned and untuned percussion.

    * 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto displaying skills in the area of tuned and untuned percussion

    * 10-15minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10 - 15minutes of advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in tuned and untuned percussion.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Classical Performance: Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

    * One movement from a Solo Sonatas or Partita by JS Bach

    * First movement of a major 19th or 20th Century concerto with cadenza

    * Virtuoso showpiece

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Classical Performance: Voice

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program of classical vocal repertoire which:

    * includes music composed in the period from the 18th century to the 21st century inclusive (including a minimum of one piece composed in the 20/21st century and performed in original language).

    * displays competence in four languages (English, Italian, German & French).

    * shows a good understanding of most of the following styles and genres: ‘Early Music’, Oratorio, Opera, Lieder, French mélodie and Art song.

    Consideration will be given to presentation and musicianship as manifested in the performances. The candidate must demonstrate technical skills and a level of musical maturity at a level equivalent to successful completion of a three year performance degree.

  • Classical Performance: Woodwind: (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder, saxophone)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

    * One movement from a baroque work

    * Either one movement from the Mozart Concerto in D or G Concerto OR one movement from a major 19th or 20th Century Concerto

    * Virtuoso showpiece

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Jazz Performance (trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice)

    Applicants must present a 25 minute program demonstrating an ability to play in an ensemble environment including a broad range of jazz styles showing accompanying and solo ability.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate jazz performance degree.

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