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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.

Choir auditions (Classical Choir)

Friday, August 27th
From 13 h 30 to 15 h 30
B-420

This hearing is open to students of all programs at the Faculty.

Process
The audition, which lasts about ten minutes, includes vocalizations, a sight reading exercise and, if time permits, a piece or an extract of the student's choice. The student can, if he or she wishes, bring a copy of the chosen piece with the accompaniment.

The main purpose of this hearing is to classify you in the appropriate desk. So this is not a selection hearing. Students who have already auditioned in previous sessions are exempt.

The fall term of 2022 will be devoted mainly (if numbers allow) to the repertoire of the transitional period between Renaissance and Baroque in Germany.

For more information and questions, you can contact Raymond Perrin by email.

Meeting for the chamber music groups

Chamber Music Meeting (Strings) - September 3, 2021, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., room 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 Juan-Miguel Hernandez (jmh@jmhernandez.com) before September 3rd. For pianists and wind instrumentalists, please get in touch with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt (jean-eudes.vaillancourt@umontreal.ca).

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 Juan-Miguel Hernandez (jmh@jmhernandez.com)
  2. Determine the course schedule with your designated teacher
  3. Inform Juan-Miguel Hernandez (jmh@jmhernandez.com) 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 2022, Chamber Music Meeting (Strings) - January 7 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at B-699.

Meeting for the formation of the Atelier de musique baroque instrumental ensemble

The Baroque Music Workshop is aimed at students of all baccalaureate programs, but especially students of interpretation. It is also aimed at master's and doctoral students. Two projects are proposed for the fall term of 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Luc Beauséjour by email (beausejourluc@videotron.ca).

Project 1: Around the myth of Orpheus

From Monteverdi to Gluck (instrumental music and extracts from operas and cantatas)
Concept and direction: Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière
Auditions for the singers will take place on Wednesday, September 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m at B-484.

Duration: September 13 to October 30, 2021

Claude-Champagne room
October 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Project 2: Sacred music and organ

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Montreal
November 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Bach and other composers

This project is aimed at singers, instrumentalists and organists.

Duration: September 13 to November 29, 2021

L'OBUM (Baroque orchestra of the University of Montreal)

First rehearsal: September 13 from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Repertoire: instrumental music and accompaniment of arias from operas and cantatas / sacred music

Strings: violins, violas, cellos, double bass
Transverse flutes, oboe, bassoon

A harpsichord and a positive organ

Scale: 415

 

SCHEDULE

Monday (between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Wednesday (between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.).

You will not be required every week for all of these hours. However, your presence is compulsory for the pre-general and general during the week of October 25.

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

IMPORTANT: participation in 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). At the Bachelor’s level, the orchestra audition is mandatory at the start of each semester for the entire duration of the degree. (See on this subject the Undergraduate Study Guide or the Graduate Study Guide in the “New students and Current Students” section.)

For the semester of fall 2021:

Sequence of auditions

The fall auditions will take place on September 1, 2021 around 4 p.m. The hearings will take place face to face. A precise procedure is available on the OUM page.

Auditions will indeed be face-to-face unless the student is able to attend, the Video Audition Process (on the OUM page) explains all the details.

Repertoire to prepare
You’ll find the orchestral excerpts selected for auditions on the OUM page.

Announcement of results
The placement will be available on September 2, 2021 on the OUM page and on the Salle Claude-Champagne bulletin board.

Penalty applied in case of absence from auditions
Those absent from the audition will be directly assigned to an ensemble (OUM or Choir) and will receive a penalty of three grades in their marks (e.g., A+ will drop to B+).

The first rehearsal
The first rehearsal will take place on September 24, 2021 at 9:30 am, at the Salle Claude-Champagne.

 

For the semester of winter 2022:

Sequence of auditions

The winter auditions will take place on December 8, 2021 around 4 p.m. The hearings will take place face to face. A precise procedure is available on the OUM page.

Auditions will indeed be face-to-face unless the student is able to attend, the Video Audition Process (on the OUM page) explains all the details.

Repertoire to prepare
You’ll find the orchestral excerpts selected for auditions on the OUM page.

Announcement of results
The placement will be available on December 9, 2021 on the OUM page and on the Salle Claude-Champagne bulletin board.

Penalty applied in case of absence from auditions
Those absent from the audition will be directly assigned to an ensemble (OUM or Choir) and will receive a penalty of three grades in their marks (e.g., A+ will drop to B+).

The first rehearsal
The first rehearsal will take place on January 7, 2022 at 9:30 am, at the Salle Claude-Champagne.

Auditions for the Atelier d’opéra Chorus

Please note that the auditions for the Choir of the Opera Workshop will take place in person at the Serge-Garant room (B-484) on Friday September 17, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Announcement of results for the Opera Workshop Choir
The results will be posted on Monday, September 20, 2021 on the Opera Workshop bulletin board on the fourth floor, opposite B-420. The results will also be communicated by email.

Please note that Richard Margison will be the Opera Workshop Director and Principal Coach: Robin Wheeler.

Auditions of the vocal art seminar on French melody

Please note that the auditions for the Vocal Art Seminar on French Melody (graduate studies only) will take place in person at the Serge-Garant room (B-484) at 10 am.

Directory
You will have to present two pieces a lied and a melody, of your choice.

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

Please note that the combined auditions for the Opera Workshop, for the Baroque Music Workshop and for the George-Cédric-Ferguson scholarship, will take place in person at the Claude-Champagne room on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

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

1) An opera aria in French, preferably an aria from the opera La Tragédie de Carmen (Constant / Bizet) 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, Thursday, September 16, 2021. 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 Friday September 10 at 5 p.m. at the following link: musique.umontreal.ca/etudier/aide-financiere-prix-et-bourses/bourses-offertes-a-la-faculte-de-musique/

Results Announced for Opera Workshop and Ferguson Fellowship Soloists
The results will be posted on Wednesday September 22, 2021 on the Opera Workshop bulletin board on the fourth floor, opposite B-420. The results will also be communicated by email.

Opera Workshop productions - 2021-2022 season

"OPERA EXTRACTS EVENING
Presentations at the Claude-Champagne room
Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 November 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

»LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN by M. Constant and G. Bizet
Presentations at the Claude-Champagne room
Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 February 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday February 27, 2022 at 2 p.m.

"CONCERT-GALA OF THE OPERA WORKSHOP
Presentations at the Claude-Champagne room
Wednesday April 13 and Thursday April 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Rehearsals
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 of the classical singing performance program.

Please note that the General History of Music I course (Friday PM) or the language courses (Monday PM) are not compulsory courses.

For graduate singing students, scheduling conflicts with seminars given on Friday afternoons will not be accepted.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, health measures will be applied by the university to allow students and teachers to function in the best possible conditions.

Auditions of the Ensemble de guitares jazz

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).

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

Enrolling for the audition
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.

Discover the Ensemble de guitares jazz page

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)

From 13 p.m to 15 p.m
Room B-879

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

During the first class, which will be held on September 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at room B-879, 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

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.

Sequence of auditions
This year, the Drums and Jazz Bass auditions will be by appointment with Ron Di Lauro, or by phone at 514 349-6783. For Big Band and Jazz Chamber Orchestra placements, please contact Ron Di Lauro directly.

The first rehearsal
The first Big Band rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and Orchestre de chambre on Thursday, September 9 at room B-631. The following rehearsals will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sectionals are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays (subject to change depending on availability). Rehearsals for the Orchestre de chambre jazz will be held Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room B-631.

Auditions for the Improvisation jazz 1 course (MIN1098)

Please note that an audition is now required for this course, which 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.

Please write by email directly to Luc Beaugrand (luc.beaugrand@umontreal.ca) to take an appointment for an audition on the first class. Normally, you will have to prepare:

  • 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.