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Application Process for Music Students

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How can I study music at Queen's?

Detailed information on applying to Queen’s University through the Ontario Universities Application Centre is available on the Queen’s Admissions website.

Admission into our direct entry music programs (B.Mus. or B.Mus./B.Ed.) includes both the required application through the OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre) and an audition through the Dan School of Drama and Music.

Applicants to the Queen’s B.Mus. degree program must successfully meet the admission requirements of both the University and the audition requirements of the B.Mus. degree. For information about applying to our other programs, including the Bachelor of Arts (Major in Music), please visit our Dan School programs page.  If you are considering a Bachelor of Arts (QA) or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (QB) in Music, you do not need to book an entrance audition. 

Step One: Apply to Queen's

Deadline to submit completed applications: February 1, 2022

Before you book and submit an audition, you must apply to one or more of our degree programs through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (https://www.ouac.on.ca/). You must apply separately for each degree program they wish to be considered for.

Direct Entry Music degree options include:

  • Bachelor of Music (QM)
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education (QMM)

Step Two: Prepare Your Audition

Candidates for either BMus or BMus/BEd degrees should prepare 3 selections of music (approximately 15 minutes).  A minimum intermediate/advanced level of performance on a primary instrument or voice is required.  This is comparable to Grade 9 Conservatory level for Piano, Grade 8 Organ and grade 9 Piano for Organ, and Grade 8 Conservatory repertoire for all other instruments and voice. 

For more specific information about the music to be played at an audition, please see Preparing For Your Audition for instrument specific requirements.

Step Three: Book Your Audition

Audition dates:

Sunday, February 27  [CLOSED]

Sunday, March 13

Sunday, March 27

*Recorded option also available

You must book your audition and pay the non-refundable $55 audition fee before your audition can be fully processed. To book your in person or recorded audition, please  fill out our 2022 Queen’s Music Audition Booking Form by clicking the link below.

Auditioning string students are also eligible to audition for the Kingston Symphony Orchestra! Find out more here.

Step Four: Submit Your Audition Theory Test

***Music theory tests must be completed before your audition date.***

Our Advanced Rudiments level theory test can be completed online. Instructions for submitting your theory test will also be distributed once the Dan School has received your application.  This is comparable to RCM Grade 8 Theory.

Step Five: Attend Your Audition

Auditions will be held at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.  This amazing building, built in 2014, houses a Concert Hall, Rehearsal Hall, Studio Theatre, Screening Room and a host of classrooms.  You’ll get to familiarize yourself with the Isabel while you go through your audition process as you visit. 

Because the Isabel is a fairly large building, and the room numbering doesn’t really make sense, we’ve enlisted the help of some current Music students to guide you around the building.  These students will be yours for the day and will drop you off and pick you up from every room that you need to go to, so try not to worry about that facet of your audition.  We just want you to concentrate on playing and singing your best.  Also, please do take advantage of these students and ask them lots of questions.  They’re our greatest resource and have lots of good things to say about our programs.

Directions to The Isabel:

From HWY 401:

  • take the exit for Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd.(take this all the way down to King St – the last possible turn you can take)
  • Turn left onto King St.
  • Turn right onto Morton Way (the first set of lights you come to)


Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

390 King St W.

Kingston, ONK7L 2X4


There is a parking lot past the main entrance to the Isabel down towards the water – public parking is on the right hand side.  Please don’t park in any numbered spaces in this lot as they are reserved.  If this is lot is full, there is street parking on Ellerbeck St. right across King St (there’s a bus stop on the corner of King & Ellerbeck).


Your audition will take about 2 hours as outlined here:

  • 20 minute warm up (with your accompanist if applicable)
  • 20 minute audition
  • 20-30 minute chat with faculty advisor
We’re so excited to meet you in our wonderful Limestone City!


Other Programs at The Dan School

Find out more about applying to programs and specializations at The Dan School, including information about Drama, Music/Theatre, Stage and Screen, Computing and the Creative Arts, Opera, Digital Media, and our graduate studies offerings.

Course Paths

Choose your own path in musicology/ethnomusicology,
theory/composition, music education, or applied study (performance)

About the Dan School of Drama & Music

A video story about our program, the Isabel, and how we got our name


Please contact Kim Gudlauski, Undergraduate Assistant and Auditions Coordinator


for more information about applying to study music at Queen’s!