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BA/BFA Dance Entrance Auditions

We'll begin accepting applications for fall 2018 admission on October 1, 2017.

Bachelor of Music Entrance Auditions

We'll begin accepting applications for fall 2018 admission on October 1, 2017.

Please see our audition repertoire suggestions here.

Theory Requirements for All Music Students

Students applying to any Music program must provide proof of completion of Level 8 Theory from the Royal Conservatory (ABRSM Level 5 will also be accepted). If you are applying for the BMus program, a photocopy of the examination certificate should be submitted with the BMus audition application form. If you are applying to the BA Music program, please email a copy of your certificate to and provide your name and UCID number.

Students who do not have this documentation or who have not taken any formal examinations will be required to do a music theory diagnostic exam on the day of the entrance auditions. An exam will also be scheduled during the Fall block week (Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at noon in CHF202). If you would like to take the examination, please email and provide your name, your UCID number, and which date you would like to write the exam.

The diagnostic exam will cover the following topics:

  • Rudiments (scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, seventh chords, meter & rhythm)
  • Transposition
  • Roman numeral analysis and identification of non-chord tones
  • Aural skills (identifying intervals and chord types, melodic dictation, error dictation)


A good book to assist with your preparation is Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka. It is available in the Taylor Family Digital Library. If you are in Calgary and would like to work with a tutor to prepare you for the exam, please contact the Music Undergraduate Society at

The last method of satisfying the requirement is the completion of the course MUSI 209 "Introduction to Music Theory", it is offered in the Summer 2017. *Please note that this course often fills up quickly*.

Students who have not completed the theory requirement prior to September will not be able to take required courses MUSI 211 or 225.

Course Auditions

Dance Technique courses (DNCE 207, 209, 305, 307, 311, 313, 321, 323, 405, 407, 411, 413, 421, 423, 505, 507)

Fall semester courses: All students will be required to audition for dance technique courses scheduled for the Fall semester.

Winter semester courses: Students will not have to audition if they have taken the prerequisite course in the Fall semester immediately preceding the current Winter term (e.g. if you completed DNCE 321 in the Fall 2017 semester, then you will not have to audition for DNCE 323 in the Winter 2018 semester).

These technique courses are designed for BA/BFA Dance majors. For non-majors who wish to take advanced-level technique courses, you must attend the first day(s) of class and perform a group audition. If you are successful, you will be notified by the division and granted permission to register.

DRAM 301/302 and 400 (Senior Level Acting Courses) 

Senior level acting classes (DRAM 301/302 and 400) do require an audition, which are held in April.

To audition:

  • Sign up at the Undergraduate Program Admin's desk in the SCPA office (CHD100)
  • Pick up information hand out and an audition form
  • Read the information hand out
  • Hand in Statement of Intent, photo (for DRAM 301/302 and transfer students only) and audition form.

The auditions are open to students who have completed the previous level of acting, and require both solo and group work. Results are issued shortly after and access is opened for registration by the Undergraduate Program Administrator.

Please note that there will be no fall auditions. 

DRAM 371 and 471 (Playwriting Courses)

DRAM 371: Interested students who do not have the prerequisites for the course may submit a portfolio application to the Instructor. The deadline is mid-August.
DRAM 471: All interested students will submit a portfolio application to the Instructor. The deadline is mid-December.  (Please note this course is not offered in 2017-2018)

Portfolios should include:

  • Writing Samples (no more than 15 pages) – something related to drama is preferred, but prose fiction, poetry, and essays will also be accepted
  • Letter of Intent expressing what writing experience you may have and why you are interested in studying playwriting

Performance Auditions


Dance Montage

Auditions for Dance Montage 2017 take place on August 27 from 9 - 5 in the AUX Gym (KNES). 
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Mainstage Dance

Auditions for Mainstage Dance 2018 will take place on October 20 2017, from 3 - 6 p.m. in the AUX Gym (KNES).

Mainstage Dance may be used as course credit through DNCE 397, 395 or 495. Please contact the Undergraduate Programs Administrator for more information.

Email Tania Alvarado, Production Coordinator.

Dance @ Night

Auditions for Dance @ Night take place in September. More information will follow soon.


Mainstage drama auditions take place during the first week of September, and are run individually by the directors. The sign-up sheets are posted on on the call board outside of CHE 004. Drama auditions are open to all students across campus.

2017 audition notices will be posted after the August long weekend. 

Taking Flight: Festival of Student Work

Auditions for Taking Flight occur in the first week of classes in January. Generally speaking students cast in the winter production cannot audition for the festival due to overlapping rehearsal/show periods. Students can participate in more than one Taking Flight piece, providing that there are no direct conflicts with rehearsal or performance.

Each audition has different requirements; the director of the show should be contacted for specific requirements.


Stay tuned for more information about specific opportunities available for practicum credit!

What can count as a practicum?

Mainstage Productions

  • Actor
  • Stage Manager (you cannot also receive credit for DRAM 321 for the same production)
  • Assistant Designer or Designer
  • Assistant to a specific production department (judged on a show by show basis for sufficient time and complexity)
  • Scenic Painter


  • Taking Flight Assistant Production Manager
  • Taking Flight Production Stage Manager
  • ND Theatre Executive Member (may only receive 3.00 units of practicum credit for this role)

What does not count as a practicum?

  • Off Campus productions
  • Single show participation in Taking Flight
  • Single show participation in ND Theatre
  • Acting in undergraduate directing scenes


Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all opportunities, if you have a specific role that you would like to use for a practicum, please consult with a faculty member regarding course credit.

Other performance opportunities

ND Theatre

ND Theatre is a student run production company that runs many shows a year; their auditions are open to all and are posted on the CHE 004 call board.
Their shows run at lunch time and are a great way to get more experience.

Directing Student pieces (411/413/511/513/610)

There are always student directors looking for actors for their scenes. These scenes offer a wide variety of styles and are usually smaller time commitments.
Auditions are posted as needed on the CHE 004 call boards.

DRAM 511- Directing II

Directing II is a continuation of the theories and techniques of Directing I with an emphasis on the practical application of working with text and
actors. For this course, you will be expected to dedicate considerable time to outside rehearsal, as well as securing commitments from fellow students to
act in your scenes.

To apply to the course, please submit the texts of three (3), two-hander scenes (no more than five minutes each) identifying the play and the
playwright. You are welcome to select a scene from any genre, though I encourage you to submit a variety (i.e not all Jacobean tragedy!) and at least one should
be Canadian contemporary. With each scene, you should briefly describe what interests you in the scene (or play) and what your approach might be ie: either
conceptually or through style/ tone, or simply if there are particular opportunities/challenges within the piece that interest you. No more than 200 words for
each scene.

As well, please describe what you think your strengths are as an artist, theatre maker or director and what are your weaknesses. No more than 300 words.

Due: August 15, 2017

Fall 2017 DRAM 511 Sem 01/Lab B01
T 12:30-2:15/R 12:30-3:15 CHF101
Instructor: Christine Brubaker

Please submit your application to CHD 100 to the Undergraduate Program Administrator.



Ensembles auditions take place during the first 2-3 weeks of September, and are run individually by the various directors. Most run in an individual manner in 10 minute slots. The sign-up sheets and detailed requirements are posted on the bulletin boards outside of CHD 100.
It should be noted that ensembles are open to the whole campus and auditions are primarily to identify your style, strengths and where you would fit best in the ensemble. More information about the ensembles can be found online. Please contact the director for specific repertoire questions.

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