Queensland Conservatorium Postgraduate audition requirements

Postgraduate application requirements

Domestic applicants

How to apply:

  • Apply online for a Graduate Certificate in 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 2, 2020:

The Conservatorium is committed to the health and safety of our applicants and staff. For this reason all auditions for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake will be via recorded audition.

Please refer to your chosen specialisation below for further information on how to prepare and submit your recorded audition. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

Please submit your recorded audition to qcguadmissions@griffith.edu.au

Note: After reviewing your recorded audition, we may contact you for an interview. A quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

International applicants

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

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

Piano accompaniment

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

Composition audition requirements

Audition requirements

You will need provide a portfolio of works and may be invited to complete an interview.

Your portfolio of works should consist of at least 5 recent contrasting compositions and a resume of achievements and experience. Applicants should also provide manuscripts and audio recordings of the compositions and corresponding scores (where appropriate).

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.

You will need to submit your recordings 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 login details. Your recordings must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium may also be required.

Discussion with the panel will focus on compositional aspirations, directions and goals, evidence of engagement as a composer with performing groups or community organisations or similar, general education and other relevant matters.

Instrumental Conducting audition requirements

You will be required to submit a video recorded performance audition and complete 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.

You will need to submit your recordings 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. Your recordings must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

Pedagogy audition requirements

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

You will need 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of two contrasting pieces of repertoire of approximately 30mins duration.

The interview will focus on 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

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

Interview

The interview (which may occur by telephone or video conference) 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 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30 minutes duration. A portion of your program must feature accompanied works i.e. with piano.

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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

Classical Voice audition requirements

You will need 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30 minutes duration (preferably from the concert/oratorio/art song/operatic repertory).

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30 minutes duration. The recorded audition is to demonstrate technical proficiency, stylistic awareness and an advanced level of improvisational ability on your chosen instrument.

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 perform solo, with an accompanist or a pre-recorded backing track, or even with a group.

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30 minutes 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.

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

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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 piano keyboard, and also show a side profile of the face and torso of the applicant.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30 minutes duration.

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30 minutes duration.

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

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

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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 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 login details. Your audition video must be submitted no later than Friday 3 July 2020 for the Trimester 2, 2020 intake.

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.

For the audition video, applicants are required to prepare a program of contrasting repertoire of approximately 30 minutes duration. A portion of your program must feature accompanied works i.e., with piano.

An interview with staff from the Conservatorium and/or a quick study and/or sight-reading exercise may also be required.

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.