Queen's University Logo


Sample Repertoire


Candidates should prepare a 15-minute audition consisting of three works of contrasting style/period that demonstrate their technical skill and musical understanding.

Students applying for Organ as a major must also be at the minimum Grade 8 level piano level.

Repertoire may be drawn from lists published by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto or Conservatory Canada (or similar institutions). There is a wide range of repertoire and the following selections are just some examples:

RCM Grade 8 Organ Repertoire

  • Bach, Johann Sebastian:Fantasia in C major, BWV 570 Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533
  • Buxtehude, Dietrich: Praeludium in F major, BuxWV 144 Praeludium in G major, BuxWV 147
  • Couperin, François: Benedictus (Messe pour les paroisses)
  • Daquin, Louis-Claude: Noël VIII, IX, or XII
  • Frescobaldi, Girolamo:Fiori musicali
  • Krebs, Johann Ludwig:Fantasia a gusto Italiano
  • Pachelbel, Johann:Ricercar in C minor
  • Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon: Echo Fantasia no. 2 or 3
  • Boëllmann, Léon: Prière à Notre Dame from (Suite gothique, op. 25)
  • Franck, César: Andantino in G minor
  • Mendelssohn, Felix: Sonata in D major, op. 65, no. 5, 2nd or 3rd movement
  • Rheinberger, Josef: Cantilena (Sonata no. 11 in D minor, op. 148)
  • Schumann, Robert:Fugue no. 3 in G minor from Six Fugues on B-A-C-H, op. 60
  • Bales, Gerald: Intermezzo (Petite Suite)
  • Bédard, Denis:Postlude No. 4 from Quatre pièces en forme de messe
  • Bridge, Frank: Allegro ben moderato (Six Organ Pieces)
  • Cabena, Barrie: Improvisation, op. 440 (in Te Deum Laudamus 1, RCCO)
  • Dupré, Marcel: Antiphon V (15 Pieces Founded on Antiphons, op. 18)
  • Howells, Herbert: Sarabande for the Morning of Easter
  • Messiaen, Olivier:Desseins éternels (La nativité du Seigneur)
  • Whitlock, Percy:Folk Tune (Five Short Pieces)
  • Willan, Healey:Prelude and Fughetta (Five Pieces); Matins (Two Pieces)

This is a guide only. Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate’s level, achievement and strengths. 

  • There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.