Undergraduate

Accompaniment for Live Auditions

Applicants are required to provide their own Accompanist. If applicants require assistance, the Conservatorium of Music can provide a list of recommended Accompanists.  Arrangements and costs is solely between the applicant and their chosen Accompanist. Please email:  ivy.chu@sydney.edu.au for details.

Undergraduate

If you would like more advice about appropriate repertoire choice please contact the staff listed for your instrument above.

Principal study is available in bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe and saxophone. Please refer to the Historical Performance Unit page for audition requirements for recorder and Baroque flute.

Music Skills Test

Since prior music skills development is essential for successful study at the Sydney Conservatorium, the Music Skills Test must be completed. The test is held at the Conservatorium during the audition/interview period and is designed to assess whether you have a sufficient level of music literacy in harmony and aural perception to cope with the demands of the course. As a guide, the minimum level of skills possessed should be at the level of the New South Wales Music 2 syllabus (formerly 2 Unit Music) or AMEB Level 6 Musicianship or equivalent. Results of the Music Skills Test supplement the information provided by other aspects of the audition process. If you are successful, the results also help to determine streaming in aural and harmony subjects. All applicants must sit the test during the audition period, preferably on the day of your audition.

Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Music Education), Bachelor of Music Studies and combined degrees

You will have an audition of approximately 10-15 minutes. The panel will be looking for you to demonstrate a refinement of tone, technique and musicality. Audition material should include at least two or more contrasting pieces, or excerpts of pieces, of around 10 minutes duration. At least one piece must be with accompaniment.

Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe
If you are applying for saxophone, clarinet or oboe, you should also be prepared to present all major and minor scales in whichever format you are accustomed to practising.

Flute
In addition to the flute applicant’s own choice pieces, they must also prepare Exercise #1 in all keys from Seven Daily Exercises Op. 5 by M.A. Reichert, Exercise #7 in D Major from Ernesto Koehler’s Flute Studies Op. 33 Book 2 and Gabriel Faure’s Morceau de Concours for Flute and Piano.  The Faure must be accompanied at the audition.

Bassoon
Bassoon candidates may be required to present major, harmonic and melodic minor scales and arpeggios up to three sharps and flats in whichever format you are accustomed to practising.

If you would like more advice about appropriate repertoire choice please contact the staff listed for your instrument above.