Applications and Auditions

Auditions are scheduled in the spring for entry to The Taylor Academy the following September. Applicants invited to audition will be asked to prepare several contrasting pieces - there is no technical component (e.g. scales) to the audition. Applicants may take a theory placement test on the day of their audition, or may provide RCME theory exam results as proof of theory level. These are used for placement purposes only, and will not be shown to jurors.

2017-2018 Application Guidelines/Requirements

 

Entrance Requirements

Successful applicants to The Taylor Academy display outstanding musical talent and an exceptional level of technical proficiency for their age group, as well as a strong commitment to learn and excel in their discipline. A large number already have considerable competition and performance experience prior to entering The Taylor Academy. The Taylor Academy does not designate specific prerequisites in terms of RCM practical grade levels; applicants should choose repertoire that best reflects their skill and areas of strength.

There is no theory or history pre-requisite for acceptance into the program. Students accepted to The Taylor Academy are provided with a course of musical theory and history study that corresponds to their level of experience.

To see performances from some of our students, please visit our Videos and Testimonials page.

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Audition Requirements

General Audition Information

  • Applicants are responsible for bringing an accompanist if required.
  • Applicants should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled audition time. A warm-up room will be provided 20 minutes before the audition.
  • Audition time slots are 15 minutes; total audition repertoire may be longer than 15 minutes in duration, however jury panellists may request to stop performances at any time.
  • Applicants must supply a copy of the music for the jury panel.
  • Parents/guardians and teachers are not allowed to accompany applicants into the audition room.
  • Memorization: Applicants must have audition pieces memorized, except for instrumental duos that are considered to be chamber works (e.g., violin and piano sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, or Brahms).
  • Interview: Following each audition there will be a brief, informal interview with members of the jury and faculty. Applicants may be asked to describe their musical and academic background in more detail and to discuss their plans for the future.

Audition Repertoire Requirements by Discipline

Piano (Junior & Senior Academy)

Strings (Junior & Senior Academy)

Classical Guitar (Senior Academy only)

Flute (Senior Academy only)

Voice (Senior Academy only)

Prospective applicants in other disciplines should contact the manager to discuss application.


Piano (Junior and Senior Academies)

All piano applicants are required to upload video with their application for pre-screening. Videos will be reviewed by a jury, and selected applicants will be invited to audition in person at The Royal Conservatory. Invitations to audition will be sent by mid-April.

  • Video does not need to be professionally recorded, however sound and picture quality should be clear and steady. Jurors reserve the right to refuse poor quality videos.
  • The image must provide a clear view of the student’s hands and the keyboard.
  • Pianists should perform repertoire per the requirements listed in the “Repertoire” section below. Repertoire for the in-person audition can (but is not required) to be the same as the video audition repertoire.   

Each applicant must prepare contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development.

Pre-screening Video: Choice of two (2) of the following:

Live Audition:  Three (3) of the following:

  • One selection from the Baroque era: Senior applicants must prepare a Prelude & Fugue, or two contrasting movements of a suite. Junior applicants may select any Baroque work.
  • One first movement of a Classical period sonata (e.g. Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, etc.)
  • One Romantic or 20th/21st Century selection

Strings (Junior and Senior Academies)

Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development. The repertoire should include one piece from the Baroque era, one piece from the Classical era, and one Romantic or 20th/21st Century selection. If a selected work contains multiple movements, only one movement must be prepared. If a selected work involves a cadenza, this must be prepared as part of or in addition to the chosen movement.


Classical Guitar (Senior Academy only)

Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development. The repertoire should include one piece from the Baroque era, one piece from the Classical era, and one Romantic or 20th/21st Century selection. If a selected work contains multiple movements, only one movement must be prepared.


Flute (Senior Academy only)

Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development, as follows:

  • One Baroque or Classical selection
  • One selection from Moyse’s Flute Music by French Composers
  • One 20th/21st Century selection

 Voice (Senior Academy only)

Each applicant must prepare three (3) contrasting pieces in at least two different languages that demonstrate the student’s musicianship and level of technical development. One of the selections must be in English. Period and style are open, however audition pieces must be classical. Musical theatre and/or popular music selections are not acceptable.