Queensland Conservatoruim audition requirements

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Brass audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance Audition

The performance audition will be based on three contrasting pieces of your choice.

The audition will also include the following:

  • All brass instruments—sight-reading (will be provided at the audition)
  • All brass instruments—demonstrate an aptitude for all major scales over two octaves or one octave
  • All brass instruments—perform a quick study piece, available two weeks prior to auditions.

Technical requirements:

  • trumpet—will include transposition in C and A
  • horns—transposition in E-flat D, and C
  • trombone—reading in clefs: tenor, bass and alto
  • tuba—candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability to read one octave lower.

Not all pieces will necessarily be heard and not all pieces will be heard in their entirety.

Interview

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters.

At the interview, you must present a resume of achievements and experience, including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations;
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.


Brass quick study

The Brass quick study will be made available 2 weeks prior to auditions.

Acting audition requirements

You will be required to complete a possible two phases.

Phase 1

Applicants will be considered for their acting, improvisation, movement and group singing.

Movement: Through basic physical exercises, your physicality and willingness to ‘play’ will be assessed.

Improvisation: Through solo and group play, your improvisation skills will be explored.

Singing: Following a series of basic exercises, your commitment to learning a group song will be considered.

Speeches:  You will present two of your prepared monologues. One of these must be Shakespeare.

Depending on your Phase 1 audition, you may be asked to return for Phase 2.

Phase 2

Acting Audition: You will present one of your pieces from phase one along with your third prepared monologue.

Voice: Your spoken voice will be considered during the performance.

Photo and CV submission

A photo and CV must be submitted prior to the audition week to the Performing Arts Department.

Your CV should include details of any:

  • recent practical examinations
  • current singing, dance, or acting teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.
  • personal statement.

Mail to:

Performing Arts Department

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Burke Street Studio Theatre

8 Burke Street

Woolloongabba QLD 4102

Other information

Recorded auditions 

The performing arts department does not permit recorded auditions. Applicants must attend a live audition.

Audition accompaniment

Bachelor of Acting applicants do not require an accompanist as one is provided by the musical theatre department.

Further information will be posted closer to the audition date.

Classical Voice audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance

The performance audition will be based on two contrasting pieces of your choice (it is important that these be within vocal capabilities however showing potential).

Interview 

In the interview you will be asked about your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.

Classical Voice quick study 

Will be available for download 2 weeks prior to auditions. There will be 4 pieces to choose from for different voice types.

Composition portfolio and interview requirements

The entry process for composition has two phases.

Phase 1

Applicants for Composition are asked to submit an audio recording (mp3 format) of 3 – 5 recent compositions of contrasting medium (such as solo instrument, chamber or orchestral or band, and vocal/choral), along with pdf copies of the scores corresponding to the audio recordings. The audio recordings can be audio output from a MIDI playback or live recording of real instruments and vocal performances (Maximum 300MB).

The hyperlink to upload the audio files and pdfs will be emailed to the applicant once an application has been submitted.

Audio files/pdf scores submission due date: 24 August 2018.

Applicants will be notified by mid-September 2018 if they can progress through to Phase 2 live interview.

Phase 2

Applicants who are invited to attend Phase 2 will complete an audition interview, which will last 15 minutes.

As part of the interview, the candidate will need to present a composition folio comprising three or more original scores and recordings if available (This can include those presented in Phase 1). Chamber and vocal works should be provided rather than orchestral works (please bring copies rather than original manuscripts). Various media may be used for the recordings, if available. Each item should be of reasonable length, depending on the nature and context of the composition (for example, 30 bars or more, or one or more minutes). Recordings may not necessarily be played during the interview.

The interview will focus on the candidate’s compositional aspirations, directions and goals, developing musical engagement as a composer at school and in the broader community, musical knowledge, general education, knowledge and/or questions about the Composition program at QCGU, and other relevant matters. The candidate must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study, if applicable (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.

Woodwind audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance 

Applicants should present 2 contrasting pieces and a set work. 2 movements of the one work are not considered to be “contrasting”. These should be performed with piano accompaniment.

Set work:

  • Flute: Louis Drouet -  From 25 Studies, No.1 in C Major
  • Oboe: Ferling 48 studies for Oboe Op. 31 (one slow and fast pair in the same key) or two contrasting own choice studies from Hinke Elementary Method for oboe
  • Clarinet: Rose 40 Studies, No.4
  • Saxophone: Eugene Bozza - Caprice Etude No.2 Variation 1

Sight reading, aural recognition and rhythm may also be tested.

Interview

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.

String audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance

The performance audition will be based on two contrasting pieces of your choice.

The audition will also include the following:

  • Cello, double bass, viola, and violin—perform a quick study piece (available two weeks prior to auditions)
  • Cello, double bass, viola, violin, harp and guitar —sight-reading
  • Cello, viola, and violin—demonstrate different bowings in any three-octave scale of your choice, prepare scales, arpeggios and standard double stops
  • Double bass—demonstrate different bowings in any three-octave scale of your choice, prepare scales and arpeggios.

Interview 

In the interview you will be asked about your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.

Strings quick study

The Strings quick study will be available for download 2 weeks prior to auditions.

You will need to attend an interview and a live performance audition. Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance 

The performance audition will be based on three contrasting pieces of your choice (it is important that these be within your musical capabilities but showing potential). Original songs are not compulsory but are strongly encouraged.  Pieces will not necessarily be heard in their entirety. Where required, amplification and full drumkit will be provided by the Conservatorium.

Interview 

The interview will focus on your musical directions and goals, musical experience and knowledge, general education, and other relevant matters. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.

Recorded auditions

We recommend attendance at a live audition, however, we will permit applicants who are genuinely unable to travel to Brisbane to submit a high-quality audition online through a secured link on, for example, YouTube or Vimeo, or via a dropbox link.  Please ensure that your security settings allow access.

The recording must be dated and certified as being an unedited performance by the applicant and a signed document stating such provided by the person in charge of the recording session must accompany the written application.

Please submit details of recorded auditions and the URL to: qcgu.programsupport@griffith.edu.au

Percussion audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance 

Applicants are required to perform three short contrasting pieces of your choice.

The audition pieces must include the following:

  • One work for tuned percussion (xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone)
  • One piece for timpani (or multiple percussion)
  • One piece for snare drum
  • Technical requirements:
  • Demonstrate tuning on timpani
  • Demonstrate rudiments on snare drum
  • Demonstrate scales on keyboard percussion instruments
  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read on any instrument.

Note: If applicants require instruments beyond those listed above, the Head of Percussion must be contacted before the audition to make appropriate arrangements.

Interview

In the interview you will be asked about your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.

Music Technology portfolio and interview requirements

The entry process for the Bachelor of Music (Music Technology) program has two phases.

Phase 1

Music Technology applicants are required to submit a portfolio of work and a CV that demonstrates their potential as a candidate for the Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Technology. A hyperlink to upload the portfolio and CV will be emailed during business hours to you once you have lodged an application.

Portfolio submission due date: 14 August 2018.

The portfolio should consist of:

  • Music that you have created or recorded (high quality .mp3, .wav, or .aiff. Maximum file size 300MB)
  • A short digital movie of you performing or demonstrating your approach to music making (.mov, .m4v, mp4 (1-2 minutes maximum), or a text file with link to Vimeo/YouTube. Vimeo/YouTube files have no maximum time or file size limits)
  • A written description of each submitted work; outline your aim, your role, any aesthetic considerations and relevant technical information (if more than one person is present in the digital movie please clearly identify yourself to avoid confusion).

Please provide a detailed CV that outlines music and technology experience, including (as relevant):

  • Previous tertiary study (include an academic transcript)
  • School reports for the last three semesters
  • General education background and exam results
  • A short personal statement including any career aims and goals
  • Instrumental ability and ensemble experience
  • Full name, street address, telephone number, and email address
  • Any other information relevant to your application.

Applicants will be notified by mid-September if they have been successful in proceeding to phase 2, a live interview.

Please note: Applicants of school-leaving age must supply school results to progress to Phase 2.

Phase 2

If invited to attend a live interview, you will be required to present and discuss your folio of works, as well as discussing your background, current trajectory and future aspirations. The overarching agenda is to ensure a good fit between us and you, it’s also an opportunity to discuss the program and to ask questions. You should prepare a short verbal response to the following: ‘What is Music Technology?’ and ‘Why do you want to study Music Technology?’

Keyboard audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, both components will last 20 minutes

Performance

The performance audition will be based on three contrasting pieces of your choice.

The audition will also include the following:

  • Sight-reading (will be provided at the audition)
  • Quick study piece performance (available to download two weeks prior to auditions).

Not all pieces will necessarily be heard and not all pieces will be heard in their entirety.

Interview 

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview including details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.

Keyboard quick study

The keyboard quick study will be made available 2 weeks prior to auditions for download.

Jazz instrumental audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and interview.  Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance  

Applicants should present three contrasting pieces. At least one of these should demonstrate an ability to improvise over a common jazz form such as blues or a 32-bar standard tune. Not all pieces will necessarily be heard in their entirety.

Use of pre-recorded or live accompaniment is acceptable. Audition repertoire can be contrasting in terms of tempo and mood; style (swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad, funky); form (blues, 32-bars, other lengths); and tonality (major, minor, blues). You may be asked to sight-read.

Suggested jazz repertoire:

  • Blues: Now's the Time, C-Jam Blues, Centrepiece, Sonnymoon for Two
  • Bossa nova: Black Orpheus, Blue Bossa, The Gentle Rain, Recorda-Me, Perdido, or any composition by Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Standards: Autumn Leaves, Summertime, Beautiful Love, God Bless the Child, Stormy Weather, Misty, Take the ‘A’ Train, or any standard by Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Schwartz, Rodgers, Ellington, Arlen or Kern
  • Drummers: may include a snare drum study as one of the pieces
  • Saxophonists: may include an etude (for example, by Lennie Niehaus, Jim Snidero) as one of the pieces
  • Pianists: may include a transcription (for example, by Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans) as one of the pieces

Interview 

In the interview you will be asked about your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may be required to answer some jazz theory-related questions during your audition/interview. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, which may include details of any:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters
  • recent performance experience.

Jazz voice audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, both components will last 20 minutes.

Performance 

Applicants should present three contrasting repertoire pieces.

Through your repertoire selections you will need to demonstrate an interest in improvising in a jazz style. You may be asked to solo over a blues form.

Audition repertoire choices should be contrasting in terms of tempo, mood, style (for example a selection from swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad, funky,) and form (blues, 32-bars, other lengths).

At least two of your repertoire selections should be jazz standards – one should be performed in SWING style. A jazz standard is virtually any song by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Arlen, Schwartz or Ellington performed in the style of noted jazz artists such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Kurt Elling, etc.

Selection of Repertoire Suggestions:

  • Blues: Stormy Monday, Now's the Time, C-Jam Blues etc.
  • Bossa Nova: Black Orpheus, Blue Bossa, Girl from Ipanema (or any composition by Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  • Swing standards: Autumn Leaves, Summertime, Beautiful Love, God Bless the Child, Stormy Weather, Misty, Take the ‘A’ Train - or any standard song by Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Schwartz, Rodgers, Ellington, Arlen or Kern

Your third repertoire piece can be in any style – for example: an original composition, a pop, R&B or country song, or a song from a Musical Theatre show.

Use of either pre-recorded or live accompaniment is acceptable.

Interview 

In the interview you will be asked to speak about your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may be required to answer some jazz theory-related questions during your audition/interview. You must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, which may include details of:

  • recent practical/theory examinations
  • current instrumental, composition, vocal, or theory teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters (if newly graduated from secondary school)
  • any recent performance experience.

Musical Theatre audition requirements

You will be required to complete a possible two phases.

Phase 1

Dance: Following a warm-up and basic technical exercises, you will be taught a short routine that you will present to the panel.

Singing : You will present one song to the panel (due to time limitations, a vocal warm-up will not be provided as part of the audition. You should come prepared). However, you should prepare two singing pieces from the musical theatre repertoire. These should:

  • last no longer than two minutes each
  • not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)
  • not be accompanied by a backing track
  • be performed in the key in which they’re written (the provided piano accompanist will not transpose at sight into a different key)
  • give you the opportunity to act through the content of the words as well as to sing the tune.

Improvisation: You will take part in an acting improvisation session. You will be considered for your commitment to the exercises and your imagination to bring to life given situations.

Depending on your Phase 1 audition, you may be asked to return for Phase 2.

Phase 2

Acting

You will present two acting pieces to the panel. One piece must be modern (after 1945). These pieces should:

  • last no longer than two minutes each
  • only be from published plays
  • not be extracts from poems or novels.

Voice: Your spoken voice will be considered during the performance of your acting pieces.

Singing: You will present your second song to the panel.

Photo and CV submission

A photo and CV must be submitted prior to the audition week to the Performing Arts Department.

Your CV should including details of any:

  • recent practical examinations
  • current singing, dance, or acting teachers
  • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
  • school reports for the last three semesters.
  • personal statement.

Mail to:

Performing Arts Department

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Burke Street Studio Theatre

8 Burke Street

Woolloongabba QLD 4102

Other information 

Recorded auditions

The musical theatre department does not permit recorded auditions. Applicants must attend a live audition.

Audition accompaniment

Bachelor of Musical Theatre applicants do not require an accompanist as one is provided by the musical theatre department.