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Candidates should prepare a 15-minute audition consisting of three works of contrasting style/period (at the minimum Grade 9 level) that demonstrate their technical skill and musical understanding.

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:

  • J. S. Bach: Sinfonia (3-part invention) Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Daquin: Le coucou
  • Haydn: Sonata (one or two movements), e.g. Hob XVI/13, 23, 34 or 37
  • Mozart: Sonata (one or two movements), e.g. K. 283 or K. 570
  • Beethoven: Sonata (one movement), e.g. op. 79 Variations, e.g. in G major, WoO77
  • Chopin: Nocturne, e.g. op. 32, no. 1 or op. 70 nos. 1 or 3 Waltz, e.g. op. 64, no. 2 or 3, or op. 70, no. 1 or 3 Mazurka, e.g. op. 6, no. 1 or op. 68, no. 1 Prelude(s), e.g. op. 28, no. 15
  • Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, op. 12, no. 1 or 4
  • Ibert: The Little White Donkey
  • Debussy: Prelude, e.g. La Fille aux cheveux de lin Canope
  • Kabalevsky: Six Variations on a Ukrainian Folk Song, op. 51, no. 5
  • Ravel: Menuet (Tombeau de Couperin)
  • Fiala: Sonatina
  • Morel: Ronde enfantine
  • Pépin: The nose
  • Wuensch: Prelude (Mini-Suite no. 1 or 2)

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.