Application requirements by program

When applying to do graduate work at UBC School of Music, you must meet both the general admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies, and the requirements of the specific program you are applying to, as outlined below.     

Master of Music | Master of Arts | Doctor of Musical Arts | Doctor of Philosophy

 

 

Master of Music

Conducting: Choral Emphasis

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Contact the program to arrange for an interview.
  • Upload a video of recent choral conducting. Contact the School of Music for upload instructions.
  • Submit a term paper, if available, or a written statement of professional goals.

Contact: Dr. Graeme Langager
 

Conducting: Orchestral Emphasis

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

1. Prescreening requirements:

  • All applicants must upload a preliminary conducting video recording by the application deadline.  The conductor should be in full frontal or partial profile view; at least part of the ensemble should also be in view.  Repertoire should be appropriate to the musical and technical level of the ensemble.  Applicants should include both rehearsal and performance footage of contrasting repertoire and the footage should be no more than 30 minutes in duration.
  • The recording of each individual piece must be an unedited version of a performance and recorded within the past year. The recorded performance must not be edited or manipulated in any way, and the recording must be certified as to its integrity by the applicant.
  • Applicants can submit videos via the UBC CLAS video system. Email the Graduate Admissions Secretary for instructions on how to upload a video audition.
  • For those conductors invited to Vancouver following a successful pre-screening video, they will receive further instructions regarding in-person repertoire.

2. On the audition day:

  • Applicants rehearse and conduct the prepared score(s) with a UBC ensemble. Auditions are scheduled for 15 to 20 minutes. Applicants should also expect to be examined in the following areas on the audition day: music history, theory (analysis), score recognition, score reading at the piano as well as an interview with UBC conducting faculty members.
  • Applicants must also provide a statement of professional goals, a CV that outlines performance activities and professional positions held, and as a repertoire list demonstrating works studied and performed as a conductor.
  • There is no separate instrumental or vocal audition required.

Contact: Dr. Jonathan Girard (Tel: 604-827-5307)


Conducting: Wind Emphasis

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

1. Prescreening requirements:

  • All applicants must upload a preliminary conducting video recording by the application deadline.  The conductor should be in full frontal or partial profile view; at least part of the ensemble should also be in view.  Repertoire should be appropriate to the musical and technical level of the ensemble.  Applicants should include both rehearsal and performance footage of contrasting repertoire and the footage should be no more than 30 minutes in duration.
  • The recording of each individual piece must be an unedited version of a performance and recorded within the past year. The recorded performance must not be edited or manipulated in any way, and the recording must be certified as to its integrity by the applicant.
  • Applicants can submit videos via the UBC CLAS video system. Email the Graduate Admissions Secretary for instructions on how to upload a video audition.
  • For those conductors invited to Vancouver following a successful pre-screening video, they will receive further instructions regarding in-person repertoire.

2. On the audition day:

  • Applicants rehearse and conduct the prepared score(s) with a UBC ensemble. Auditions are scheduled for 15 to 20 minutes. Applicants should also expect to be examined in the following areas on the audition day: music history, theory (analysis), score recognition, score reading at the piano as well as an interview with UBC conducting faculty members.
  • Applicants must also provide a statement of professional goals, a CV that outlines performance activities and professional positions held, and as a repertoire list demonstrating works studied and performed as a conductor.
  • There is no separate instrumental or vocal audition required.

Contact: Dr. Rob Taylor (Tel: 604-822-5474)

 

Composition

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and:

  • Supply a brief statement of intent that outlines your professional goals as a composer and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Submit hard-copy scores and upload audio and/or video of at least four (4) works for varied media and programs from public performances. Contact the School of Music for upload instructions.
    NOTE: Do not send original scores. The copies will be returned at your request and expense only.

Contact: Dr. Keith Hamel (Tel: 604-822-6308)

 

Guitar

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Audition Requirements: Three contrasting pieces from different periods of the repertoire.
  • Include a repertoire list and selection of programs from other recitals given.
  • Submit a term paper, if available.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Collaborative Pianist (Accompanist): The School of Music supplies a pianist for vocalists only; however, any instrumentalist or vocalist may bring their own pianist or hire a School of Music pianist.

Contact: Prof. Eric Wilson (Tel: 604-822-5526) and Daniel Bolshoy


Harpsichord

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Submit a comprehensive repertoire list of works studied during the student's undergraduate degree. Works performed publicly must be indicated by an asterisk (*).
  • Submit a term paper of at least 2000 words.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Audition Requirements:
    - Three contrasting pieces from different periods of the repertoire.
    No repertoire for the current audition may have been performed for any previous audition at UBC.

Contact: Dr. Terence Dawson (Tel: 604-822-3587)


Opera

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Audition Requirements: Five pieces are required: 3 arias plus Lieder/Art Song/Oratorio.
  • Include a repertoire list and selection of programs from other recitals given.
  • Submit a term paper, if available.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.

Contact: Prof. Nancy Hermiston (Tel: 604-822-8246)
 

Orchestral Instrument Performance

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Audition Requirements (except oboe): Three contrasting pieces from different periods of the repertoire.
  • Oboe audition requirements.
  • Tuba and Euphonium audition requirements
  • Include a repertoire list and selection of programs from other recitals given.
  • Submit a term paper (not less than ten pages in length).
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Collaborative Pianist (Accompanist): The School of Music supplies a pianist for vocalists only; however, any instrumentalist or vocalist may bring their own pianist or hire a School of Music pianist.

Contact: Prof. Eric Wilson (Tel: 604-822-5526) and Dr. Rob Taylor (Tel: 604-822-5474)


Organ

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Submit a comprehensive repertoire list of works studied during the student's undergraduate degree. Works performed publicly must be indicated by an asterisk (*).
  • Submit a term paper of at least 2000 words.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.

Audition Requirements:

  • - Three contrasting pieces from different periods of the repertoire.
  • No repertoire for the current audition may have been performed for any previous audition at UBC.

Contact: Dr. Terence Dawson (Tel: 604-822-3587) and Michael Murray


Piano

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Submit a comprehensive repertoire list of works studied during the student's undergraduate degree. Works performed publicly must be indicated by an asterisk (*).
  • Submit a term paper of at least 2000 words.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Audition Requirements:
    - one complete classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert);
    - one major work from the 19th century (or several smaller works ie. intermezzi and preludes, impromptus etc.); and,
    - one other contrasting work (complete).
    No repertoire for the current audition may have been performed for any previous audition at UBC.

Contact: Dr. Terence Dawson (Tel: 604-822-3587)


Voice

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Audition Requirements: Five pieces are required: Lieder/Art Song/Oratorio plus 1 aria.

  • Include a repertoire list and selection of programs from other recitals given.
  • Submit a term paper, if available.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.

Contact: Prof. Nancy Hermiston (Tel: 604-822-8246)

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Master of Arts

Ethnomusicology

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Submit a maximum of two papers dealing with a topic in music that is representative of work to date.
  • Submit at answer to each of the following questions (max. 300 words per question):
    1. What are your strengths as a musician? What would you like to work on?
    2. What kinds of musical activities do you especially enjoy and why?
    3. Describe two books or articles about music you have particularly learned from or been stimulated by.
    4. Name some music you particularly admire and explain why.
    5. What draws you to music scholarship?
  • A transcription exercise will be required of all applicants to the program. This exercise will become available on the Ethnomusicology website the first or second weekend after the deadline for the application; applicants will be contacted by the department with further instructions. Most students will use standard Western notation, but modified Western notation or other systems are acceptable.

Contact: Dr. Michael Tenzer (Tel: 604-822-3405)


Historical Musicology

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Submit a paper, or papers, dealing with some aspect of musicology that is representative of your work to date.
  • Submit a Statement of Intent. Your Statement of Intent should outline areas of interest, current and future research plans, and why you feel that UBC would be a suitable place to pursue your degree program.

Contact: Dr. David Metzer (Tel: 604-822-2246)


Music Theory

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Submit one or two course projects in music theory, including if possible at least one analysis paper.
  • If you are a composer, please provide the score of a recent composition.
  • Submit a supplementary statement. This should include additional information concerning your graduate course work: course titles that may not be specific on your transcript, major compositions studied in detail, theoretical systems studied, any original works composed, works you have performed, and any other pertinent information (with a listing of principal teachers). Further, describe in the statement any training or experience which you feel might enhance your qualifications for graduate study in music theory but which were not part of listed course work. Finally, describe your professional goals, explaining your reasons for choosing to carry on graduate work in music theory.

Contact: Dr. John Roeder (Tel: 604-822-3715)

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Doctor of Musical Arts

Composition

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Supply a brief statement of intent that outlines your professional goals as a composer and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Submit a term paper (not less than ten pages in length).
  • Submit hard-copy scores and upload audio and/or video of at least five (5) works for varied media and programs from public performances. Contact the School of Music for audio/video upload instructions.
    NOTE: Do not send original scores. The copies will be returned at your request and expense only.

Contact: Dr. Keith Hamel (Tel: 604-822-6308)


Orchestral Instrument Performance

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Audition Requirements (except oboe): three contrasting pieces from different periods of the repertoire. Oboe audition requirements.
  • Include a repertoire list and selection of programs from other recitals given.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Submit a term paper (not less than ten pages in length).
  • Collaborative Pianist (Accompanist): The School of Music supplies a pianist for vocalists only; however, any instrumentalist or vocalist may bring their own pianist or hire a School of Music pianist.

Contact: Dr. Rob Taylor (Tel: 604-827-5474)


Piano

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply  and in addition:

  • Submit a written statement of professional goals.
  • Submit a comprehensive repertoire list of works studied while working towards the M.Mus. degree. Works performed publicly must be indicated by an asterisk (*).
  • Submit a term paper (not less than ten pages in length).
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Audition requirements:
    • one complete classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert)
    • one major work from the 19th century (or several smaller works ie. intermezzi and preludes, impromptus etc.); and,
    • one other contrasting work (complete)
    • No repertoire for the current audition may have been performed for any previous audition at UBC.

Contact: Dr. Terence Dawson (Tel: 604-822-3587)


Voice

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Audition requirements - Five pieces are required: Lieder/Art Song/Oratorio plus 1 aria.
  • Include a repertoire list and selection of programs from other recitals given.
  • Submit a written statement of intent that outlines your future plans, professional goals, and your reasons for applying to this program at UBC.
  • Submit a term paper (not less than ten pages in length).

Contact: Prof. Nancy Hermiston (Tel: 604-822-8246)

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Doctor of Philosophy

Ethnomusicology

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and request that your scoring report be forwarded to the School of Music using University of British Columbia's institution code 0965 along with department code 2302 (for Music History, Musicology, and Theory).
    Note: UBC graduates within 3 years prior to application are exempt from this requirement.
    Note: Some applicants, especially those whose first language is not English, may request an exemption from this requirement. Please submit a request and explanation in writing, leaving sufficient time to take the GRE if your petition is denied.
  • Submit one or more writing samples that demonstrate substantial prior training in ethnomusicology.
  • Submit a statement of your research interest, such as proposed culture area to be examined and particular approach (e.g., social, historical, analytic, etc.)
  • A transcription exercise will be required of all applicants to the program. This exercise will become available on the ethnomusicology page the first or second weekend after the deadline for the application. Applicants will be contacted by the department with further instructions. Most students will use standard Western notation, but modified Western notation or other systems are acceptable.

Contact: Dr. Michael Tenzer (Tel: 604-822-3405)


Historical Musicology

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and request that your scoring report be forwarded to the School of Music using University of British Columbia's institution code 0965 along with department code 2302 (for Music History, Musicology, and Theory).
    Note: UBC graduates within 3 years prior to application are exempt from this requirement.
  • Submit a paper, or papers, dealing with some aspect of musicology that is representative of your work to date.
  • Submit a Statement of Intent. Your Statement of Intent should outline areas of interest, current and future research plans, and why you feel that UBC would be a suitable place to pursue your degree program.

Contact: Dr. David Metzer (Tel: 604-822-2246)


Music Theory

Follow the general graduate application guidelines in How to Apply and in addition:

  • Take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and request that your scoring report be forwarded to the School of Music using University of British Columbia's institution code 0965 along with department code 2302 (for Music History, Musicology, and Theory).
    Note: UBC graduates within 3 years prior to application are exempt from this requirement.
  • Submit one or two course projects in music theory, including if possible at least one analysis paper.
  • If you are a composer, please provide the score of a recent composition.
  • Submit a supplementary statement. This should include additional information concerning your graduate course work: course titles that may not be specific on your transcript, major compositions studied in detail, theoretical systems studied, any original works composed, works you have performed, and any other pertinent information (with a listing of principal teachers). Further, describe in the statement any training or experience which you feel might enhance your qualifications for graduate study in music theory but which were not part of listed course work. Finally, describe your professional goals, explaining your reasons for choosing to carry on graduate work in music theory.

Contact: Dr. John Roeder (Tel: 604-822-3715)

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