Applied Music Audition FAQ

Does my application to the applied music program automatically mean I will receive an audition?

In order to eligible for an audition, you must complete the following:

  • Apply to our Applied Music program through ontariocolleges.ca (OCAS) by the equal consideration deadline of February 1, 2019.
  • Submitted your transcript through OCAS with a grade 12 C or U English or equivalent by February 8, 2019.

Auditions are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and we have limited number of seats available for each instrument.

What if I applied to the program through OCAS past the February 1st deadline?

Auditions are scheduled at pre-set times on a first come, first serve basis. We recommend calling the Admissions department to ensure there is still space available for your instrument major. We require you send in your online RSVP as soon as possible.  

I have applied to more than one program and/or College/University; the due dates for me to confirm my acceptance for those programs is May 1st. My audition is scheduled after May 1st. What should I do?

You should always accept any offers of admission that you are considering prior to their expiry date. Once Mohawk’s audition process is completed, offers of admission will be extended to those applicants who have been selected for our programs. If you are successful, and we send you an offer of admission, you can still accept our offer on the Ontario college website, even if you have already confirmed another offer previously. Ontariocolleges.ca will inform us that you have accepted our offer and any other offers you may have accepted previously will automatically be cancelled.

Can I apply for more than one instrument major?

No. Applications are for one instrument major only. During your audition, you may mention that you play an additional instrument and you may be given further instruction at that time. There may be opportunities to play additional instruments during your studies in ensemble classes.

What if I am uncertain what category I fit into; contemporary or classical?

For assistance please call our Music department at 905-575-2144. We can help you assess which category you fit into. Typically, if you play rock or pop, you will likely fit into the contemporary category.

What happens if I am placed on a waitlist for an audition?

If you do not receive an audition date via email to your Mohawk account, you may be on a waitlist. If you are placed on a waitlist, do not be discouraged; audition timeslots often open up. When timeslots open, waitlisted applicants will be offered an audition by emailed, in order of their waitlist position.

Can I reschedule or change the date and time of my audition?

No. Due to the fact that we have a large amount of auditions to organize in coordination with several instructors, we cannot accommodate date change requests. Please keep these dates available if you wish to have an audition. If you have an urgent concern regarding your audition date, please contact the Music Department; email is preferred:

Email: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 905-575-2144

I am travelling to my audition from a distance. Can I schedule my audition later in the day?

We understand that many of our applicants travel from a distance, and we take this into account when scheduling auditions; however, all of our auditions are scheduled in the morning and early afternoon and we cannot always accommodate later audition slots.

Can family or friends accompany me to my audition?

Yes. Family and friends are welcome to accompany you to the College. Once you enter the waiting area in the Music wing, we kindly ask that family and friends leave the waiting areas until your audition is complete. There is an on-site cafeteria and a Tim Horton’s

If I live far away, can I submit a video audition?

Yes, if you live far away and are unable to attend, you are able to submit a video audition. Applicants who wish to submit a video audition are still required to submit an online RSVP. Each applicant is assigned an audition date; video applicants must submit their video link by email to: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca on or before their assigned audition date. Applicants are encouraged to upload their audition video to YouTube. Once our faculty have marked your audition they will make the decision whether or not you are required to write the theory test. If you are required to write the theory test, you will have to provide someone to monitor as you write. We will send the test directly to that person. This can be a high school teacher, minister etc.

I have my Royal Conservatory Level 4 Certificate. Do I still need to write the theory test?

No. If you have your Royal Conservatory Level 4 Certificate, you do not need to write the theory test. Please bring an original copy of your certificate with you to the audition. This certificate must be presented on the day of your audition in order to be exempted from the theory test.

What do I need to bring with me to my audition?

Your instrument, any sheet music you may need, accompaniment if a vocalist, sticks and brushes if a drummer (we will provide a drum set) and any Royal Conservatory Certificates you may have.

I am a vocalist. Can I bring my own accompaniment?

Yes you may. If you would like us to provide accompaniment for you on the day of your audition, you will need to inform us of this request in advance and provide us with sheet music (music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca). Karaoke machines are not recommended.

Do I need to memorize my music pieces?

No. You are more than welcome to bring sheet music with you to your audition.

If you have questions or concerns pertaining to:

Admissions or your OCAS Application, please contact Mirela Vujcic, Admissions Advisor

Email: mirela.vujcic [at] mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 2716

Auditions, Online RSVP, or our Applied Music Program at Mohawk College, please contact the Music Support Officer; due to high volume of inquiries during this time we prefer that you contact us by email. Please allow 48 hours for a response:

Email: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 905-575-2144

Please note that Mohawk College is subject to Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, therefore, all audition information is considered private and confidential. We are unable to discuss audition information with parents or guardians without the applicant’s permission, regardless of age. We appreciate your understanding.

Thank you very much for your application to the Applied Music Program at Mohawk College. We wish you the best of luck during the audition process.