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Auditions and meetings in advance of participation in ensembles

You must audition and/or attend a group formation meeting for any large ensemble course (Big Band, Classical Choir, Jazz Choir, etc.) in which you are enrolled.

For specific information concerning enrolment or auditions/meetings, consult the sections below.

Auditions for the Ensemble de musique contemporaine

Ensemble de musique contemporaine web page

Auditions: Thursday, September 14th, 2023


The auditions will take place on site.

The registration is mandatory and ends on Thursday, September 7th, 2023.

All the details are available on the EMC web page.

Choir auditions (Classical Choir)

Choeur de l'Université de Montréal web page

Audition: during the first lesson


During the first class, a period of warm-up and vocal technique will determined the range of each member of the choir. It is expected that students who enroll in the choir class have a certain ease in reading music, otherwise they may have difficulty keeping up with the rhythm of the group's work.

Meeting for the chamber music groups (strings)

Registration: Before September 3, 2023 by email (see information below)
Meeting (strings only) : September 5, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at B-699.


The chamber music course is intended for students at all levels in performance. A minimum of three instrumentalists per group is required.

Any instrumentalist in the string sector who’s interested in being part of a group must contact Jutta Puchhammer (jmh@jmhernandez.com) before September 3rd, 2023.

For pianists and wind instrumentalists, please get in touch with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt (jean-eudes.vaillancourt@umontreal.ca) before September 3rd, 2023.

Groups will be formed starting next week, and performance students will have priority. Latecomers will not be guaranteed a place.

Please indicate in your communication your instrument, the name of your instrument teacher, your level (1st year Bachelor’s, 2nd year Bachelor’s, 3rd year Bachelor’s, Master’s, D.E.S.S., D.E.P.A., Doctorate), your preferred email address and the desired training (piano trio, string quartet, etc.).

It will not be possible to form duos for strings, except for graduate-level pianists who wish to do sonatas with a string instrumentalist. (In that case, the credit will be attributed solely to the pianist.) Moreover, this will not be doable except in cases where it would be impossible to integrate a pianist into a larger group.

You will receive an email during the next week indicating your group as well as your teacher.

Steps to follow:

  1. Get in touch with your group colleagues as soon as possible and arrange an initial meeting for the first week of courses. Decide on the program and timetable for rehearsals. Note that you will have to determine an in-person timetable and respect the UdeM health guidelines. In cases of schedule incompatibility, please contact Jutta Puchhammer
  2. Determine the course schedule with your designated teacher
  3. Inform Jutta Puchhammer of your choice of work, indicating full details of the work

Collaborating pianists for sonatas will be informed the next week regarding their pairing with a string player and the piece to be worked on; the latter is based on the string player’s repertoire (sonata by Beethoven, by Brahms, etc.).

Other instructions will be sent to you during the semester.

* For Winter semester 2024, Chamber Music Meeting (Strings) - January 9th, 2024 from 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. at B-699.

Auditions for the Atelier de musique baroque

The Atelier de musique baroque recruits intrumentalists and singers of all programs. The audition will take place on Monday September 11th, from 4pm to 6pm, room B-699. Please prepare two few-minutes-long excerpts, one should be technical and the other, more expressive.

If you would like to join the ensemble, please contact Jeff Poussier Leduc at grandsensembles@musique.umontreal.ca

 

Auditions for the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal (OUM)

Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal web page

Auditions: Thursday, September 7th, 2023


The auditions will take place on site. Under certain conditions, you might receive the authorization to provide a Video audition.

Those can be found on the OUM web page, as well as the repertoire and the detailed schedule of the audition.

The placement will be available on September 8th, 2023 on the OUM page.

The firts rehearsal will take place on September 28th, 2023, at the Salle Serge-Garant.

Not showing up to the auditions will result in direct assignment to an ensemble, plus a penalty of three grades (e.g., A+ will drop to B+).

The Orchestra is mandatory for all students enrolled in performance programs – classical instruments (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and D.E.S.S. in Orchestral Repertoire). For undergraduates, the orchestra audition is mandatory each semester for the entire duration of the program.

Auditions for the Atelier d’opéra Chorus

Opera workshop and chorus web page

Auditions : Friday, September 13th, 2024 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Serge-Garant Hall (B-484)


Directory
You will need to present two pieces of your choice.

Announcement of results for the Opera Workshop Choir
The results will be communicated on Monday September 16, 2024.

Auditions of the vocal art seminar on French melody

Auditions: Tuesday, september 3rd 2024 at 12:30 am, Serge-Garant hall (B-484)

Directory
During the audition you will have to present two pieces a german lied and a french melody, of your choice or in solo. In other words, singer and pianist.

Please contact M Francis Perron francis.perron@umontreal.ca for more information. The latter can specify the time of their hearing.

Auditions for Atelier d’opéra soloists and awarding of the Ferguson scholarship in singing

Opera Workshop web page

Auditions: Monday, September 16t, 2024, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Salle Serge-Garant (B-484)


Directory
For the hearing, you will need to present three exhibits:

  1. An opera aria in German, preferably an aria from the opera Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck, Schott edition) or an opera aria of your choice
  2. An opera aria of your choice
  3. A French melody or a German lied

Scholarships for singing students
Auditions for the George-Cédric-Ferguson Scholarship take place at the same time as the auditions for the roles of the Opera Workshop, that is, Monday, September 16th, 2024. The repertoire prepared for the audition of the Opera Workshop is made faith of hearing material for the scholarship. To apply for the Ferguson Scholarship, you must complete the application form and submit the required documents on the Faculty of Music's upload site no later than Wednesday September 11th, 2024, at 5 p.m. at the following link: phttps://musique.umontreal.ca/en/study/financial-assistance-and-scholarships/scholarships-offered-at-the-faculty-of-music/

Results Announced for Opera Workshop and Ferguson Fellowship Soloists
The results will be communicated on Monday September 16th, 2024.


Opera Workshop productions - 2024-2025 season

OPERA EXTRACTS EVENING
Wednsday, November 20th, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., Claude-Champagne hall

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Humperdinck
Thursday, 27th and Saturday, March 1rst, 2024 at 7:30 p.m., Claude-Champagne hall

Rehearsals will usually take place on:

  • Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There should also be more rehearsals in the two weeks preceding the performances. No scheduling conflicts will be tolerated, with the exception of the compulsory courses in the Bloc 70A - Obligatoire for the classical singing performance program. Please note that the Histoire générale de la musique I course (Friday PM) or the language courses (Monday PM) are not compulsory courses. Scheduling conflicts with seminars given on Friday afternoons will not be accepted for the students from Graduate programs.

Auditions of the Ensemble de guitares jazz

Ensemble de guitares jazz web page 

Auditions: August 30th, 31st and September 1st, 2024, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., local B-187

Students interested in auditioning must communicate as soon as possible with Reno De Stefano by email: reno.de.stefano@umontreal.ca or by telephone: 514-432-9361.

These auditions are intended for jazz guitarists, jazz double bassists and jazz drummers from all Faculty of Music programs (instrumentation: 6 guitars, 1 double bass, 1 drums).

Directory
The audition, lasting ten minutes, consists of a sight reading exercise and an excerpt from a jazz piece of the student’s choosing.

Auditions for the Ensemble non précisé course (MUE 1261)

These auditions are intended for all students in the Jazz Performance program and in the Bachelor’s in Music (jazz instrument).

Instrumentation: piano, drums, double bass (electric bass), saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, singing (voice).

The audition, which lasts ten minutes, consists of a sight reading exercise and an excerpt from a jazz piece of the student’s choosing.

Students interested in auditioning must communicate as soon as possible, and no later than September 3rd 2021 with Reno De Stefano by email:  reno.de.stefano@umontreal.ca or by telephone: 514-432-9361.

Auditions for the Introduction à l’improvisation jazz 1 course (MIN1088)

Auditions: during the first course


This course is open to students of the Bachelor of Jazz Performance and Jazz Major.

During the first class, there will be an evaluation for all those registered for the course and each will have to prepare two pieces: a blues and Autumn Leaves (2 chorus improvisation on each title) You will also need to know the seven modes of the major scale, the melodic minor scale, the harmonic minor scale and the major and minor pentatonic scales.

There will be a maximum of 12 students enrolled in the course. If we still have health restrictions, the course will be live on ZOOM.

For more information and if you have questions, you can communicate by email with Alain Caron.

Auditions of the Big Band and the Orchestre de chambre jazz

Big band de l'Université de Montréal web page

Auditions: August 30th, 31st and September 1st, 2024, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., local B-187


The Big Band and Orchestre de chambre jazz are open to students in all Faculty of Music programs. They’re also open to Université de Montréal students outside the faculty who possess the required level in the mastery of their jazz instrument.

In preparation for the audition, here is what will be asked:

Winds and vocals:

  • Sight reading
  • Improvisation on a form of blues, or “rhythm changes” with or without accompaniment.
  • Short interview

Rhythm Section (Guitar/Piano/Double Bass/Drums):

  • Sight reading
  • Improvisation and accompaniment on a form of blues, or "rhythm changes"
  • Short interview

Auditions for the Improvisation jazz 1 course (MIN1098)

Auditions: during the first course


This course is open to students in these programs: Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance, Bachelor’s in Music, and Major in World Music and Minor in Composition and Arrangement.

Directory:

  • improvisation on a blues
  • improvisation on a rhythm change
  • improvisation on “Stella by Starlight”

Generally, there is a maximum of 16 students enrolled in the course: 4 basses, 4 guitars, 4 pianos and 4 winds.