Queensland Conservatorium Postgraduate audition requirements

Postgraduate Application requirements

Domestic applicants

How to apply:

  • Apply online for a Graduate Certificate of Music Studies here or a Master of Music Studies here.
  • Pay your audition fee via GriffithPay.

    Note: There is an audition fee of $50 per instrument/specialisation. Currently enrolled Griffith University students are exempt from paying the audition fee.

  • Prepare for an audition as per the requirements of your chosen specialisation below.

Audition dates

For entry into Trimester 1, 2020: 4 – 15 November

For entry into Trimester 2, 2020: 8 – 19 June

International applicants

  • Apply online for a Graduate Certificate of Music Studies here or a Master of Music Studies here.

    Note: There is no application deadline for international applicants. However, it is advisable to apply by 31 October for entry in Trimester 1 in the following year and 31 March for entry into Trimester 2 in the same year.

Either:

  • Attend an audition in Brisbane and participate per the requirements of your chosen specialisation below or;
  • Submit a recorded audition online as per the guidelines below.

    Note: If you submit a recorded audition we may contact you for further information. A quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

Piano accompaniment

If you are attending a live audition in Brisbane and require live piano accompaniment, a list of accompanists is available here.

Recorded auditions

We recommend attendance at a live audition, however, applicants who are genuinely unable to travel to Brisbane are permitted to submit a high-quality audition video online through a secured link on, for example, YouTube or Vimeo, or via a dropbox link.  Please ensure that your security settings allow access with permissions set so that files can be viewed and downloaded without requiring log-in details.

The recording must be dated and certified by the applicant as being an unedited performance. This should be accompanied by a signed document provided by the person in charge of the recording session confirming that the recording is an unedited performance by the applicant. The video should show uninterrupted vision of the applicant facing the camera.


Domestic applicants: please submit details of recorded auditions and the URL to: qcguadmissions@griffith.edu.au

International applicants: please submit details of recorded auditions and the URL to Griffith International here.

Composition audition requirements

Audition requirements

You will need to complete an interview.

At the interview, applicants are asked to present a portfolio of at least 5 recent contrasting compositions. Applicants should bring audio recordings of the compositions and corresponding scores (where appropriate). Please bring copies of scores rather than original manuscripts.

The audio recordings can be MIDI playback files and/or live recordings of acoustic instruments and/or vocal performances.  Applicants should seek a balance in the number of works for solo instrument, chamber works, orchestral scores, vocal/choral compositions and electronic works so as to best represent the scope of their musical activities and their engagement with diverse musical instruments.

Audio recordings must be presented in a digital format (on laptop, USB drive, iPad, Tablet, mp3).  Audio equipment will be available to plug laptops and devices into. Please bring your own device and at a min. a stereo cable (3.5mm to dual RCA, or a 3.5mm to 3.5mm plug).

Note the interview panel may not hear all or any of the recordings, or hear each one in its entirety.

Discussion with the panel will also focus on compositional aspirations, directions and goals, evidence of engagement as composer with performing groups or community organisations or similar, general education and other relevant matters. The candidate must present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview.

Instrumental Conducting audition requirements

You will be required to submit a video recorded performance audition and attend an interview.

Video recorded performance

The video recorded performance audition must be approximately 30mins in duration with at least five contrasting selections. Preferably, this should include a combination of performance and rehearsal footage. The video should show uninterrupted vision of the applicant facing the camera and members of the ensemble should also be clearly visible. A description of each recorded selection is required, including information about the ensemble, repertoire, date and any other pertinent information.

Please upload your video through a secured link on, for example, YouTube or Vimeo, or via a dropbox link. Please ensure permissions are set so files can be viewed and downloaded without requiring log-in details.

The recording must be dated and certified by the applicant as being an unedited performance. This should be accompanied by a signed document provided by the person in charge of the recording session confirming that the recording is an unedited performance by the applicant.

Interview

The interview (which may occur by telephone or video conference) will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Domestic Applicants: Please submit details of recorded auditions and the URL to: qcguadmissions@griffith.edu.au

International Applicants:  Please submit details of recorded auditions and the URL to Griffith International here.

Pedagogy audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

Performance Audition

For the performance audition, applicants are required to present two contrasting pieces of repertoire.

Interview

The interview will focus on prior music education, teaching experience, performance experience, future directions and goals. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Performance audition requirements

Brass audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

For the performance audition, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration. A portion of your program must feature accompanied works ie with piano.

Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

The audition will also include the following:

  • All brass instruments — demonstrate an aptitude for all major and minor scales
  • Trumpet and French horn — sight-reading to include all standard orchestral transpositions (will be provided at the audition)
  • Trombone — sight-reading to include reading in tenor, bass and alto clef
  • Tuba — sight-reading to demonstrate the ability to read one octave lower

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Classical Voice audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

For the performance audition, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration (preferably from the concert/oratorio/art song/operatic repertory). Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Jazz Instrumental audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

For the performance audition, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration. You will need to demonstrate technical proficiency, stylistic awareness and an advanced level of improvisational ability on your chosen instrument. Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

Appropriate repertoire could include more difficult standards from the American songbook (for example, The Song is You, Chelsea Bridge, How My Heart Sings, Lush Life, Round Midnight) and/or jazz compositions from the 1960s onwards (for example, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Bill Evans), which will demonstrate a familiarity with modern harmonic and improvisational vocabulary. You may be asked to sight-read or perform various technical exercises such as scales, modes of the major scale and melodic minor and arpeggios.

You may perform solo, with an accompanist or a pre-recorded backing track, or even with a group. Audition rooms are equipped with drum kit, piano, guitar and bass amplifiers. Audio playback is available as well. Audio recordings (backing tracks) must be presented in CD-R format or if using an iPod (or other MP3 device) please bring your own device and a stereo cable (3.5mm to dual RCA, or a 3.5mm to 3.5mm plug). Drummers, you must supply your own cymbals and hi-hat clutch.

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Jazz Voice audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

For the performance audition applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration. Your repertoire choices should reflect your appreciation for a broad range of contemporary styles (for example, swing, ballad, funk, pop, music theatre) and should be contrasting in tempo and mood. At least one of the repertoire selections should be a jazz standard from the American songbook in the style of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett or Kurt Elling. (A jazz standard is virtually any song composed by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Arlen, Schwartz, and Ellington). You are expected to demonstrate the relevant style elements and vocal production for each of your repertoire choices.

Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

You may be asked to sing and improvise over a 12bar blues form.

Use of either pre-recorded backing track or live accompaniment is acceptable. Audio recordings (backing tracks) must be presented in CD-R format or if using an iPod (or other MP3 device) please bring your own device and a stereo cable (3.5mm to dual RCA, or a 3.5mm to 3.5mm plug).

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Keyboard audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

For the performance audition, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration. Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Percussion audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

For the performance audition, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration. Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Strings audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview. Together, these two components will last 30 minutes

For the performance audition, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration. A portion of your program must feature accompanied works ie with piano (harp and classical guitar excluded).

Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.

Woodwind audition requirements

You will need to complete a performance audition and an interview.

For the performance audition, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30mins duration. A portion of your program must feature accompanied works ie with piano.

Note the audition panel may not hear all pieces you have prepared and may not hear each piece in its entirety.

The interview will focus on your directions and goals, musical experience, musical knowledge, general education and other relevant matters. You may present a resume of achievements and experience at the interview, if you wish.