Bachelor of Music (Honours) Auditions

Auditions for entry to the Bachelor of Music (Honours) are held in September and October each year. There is no cost to audition - participation is free.

Applying to audition 

The application to audition form, with all other necessary documents, must be submitted to the School of Music by the closing date for applications. The School may not accept your application to audition if it is incomplete or received after that date.

For applicants wishing to start the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program in Semester One 2021, the closing date for applications is Thursday 13 August 2020.

Application to Audition form (DOC, 99 KB)

Audition Scheduling

Auditions will be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays in mid to late September. You will be advised of the date and time for your audition in early September.

Please arrive at the School of Music at least 20 minutes before your scheduled audition time. Practice rooms are available to you for a 15 minute period before the audition commences. Your audition and interview will take approximately 15 minutes.

The School of Music is in the Zelman Cowen building at the Saint Lucia campus. You can travel to the campus on public transport (bus and CityCat): please review the campus map and information about parking and transport options.

If you are ill or other unexpected circumstances arise on the day of your audition, please notify the School as early as you can (email concerts@uq.edu.au, telephone 07 3365 4949) to make alternate arrangements for your audition.

If you are unable to audition in person (for example, because you cannot travel to Brisbane), you can request permission to submit an audio-visual recording of your 15 minute audition program. If the School approves your request, you must submit an unedited video of your audition recorded in a single take. A Skype or telephone interview will be arranged by your audition panel after they have reviewed your video.

Audition Process

Applicants may audition for one or two of the following instruments:

  • Brass (any of horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba)
  • Classical Guitar (not electric guitar)
  • Percussion (must audition on snare, timpani and one mallet instrument)
  • Piano (not electric keyboard)
  • Strings (any of cello, double bass, violin, viola)
  • Woodwind (any of bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe)
  • Voice

The School of Music determines which instrument you can study in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program if you are successful in obtaining an offer of a place through the audition process.

Applicants must prepare three Western Art Music works of contrasting styles from different periods for the audition. Works should be presented with accompaniment when required: applicants must make personal arrangements for accompaniment. Blues, jazz, popular, folk, rock and similar genres are not acceptable repertoire for your audition.

The audition takes approximately 15 minutes. You may not be required to play all three pieces during your audition. The audition includes a brief interview where you will be asked questions about your musical interests, experience, and future goals.

Percussionists must audition on snare, timpani and one mallet instrument (xylophone, marimba or vibraphone). You must supply your own sticks and mallets for the audition.

The School of Music does not provide verbal or written feedback on your audition performance. 

Accompanists

Applicants auditioning on all instruments except classical guitar and piano are likely to require accompaniment for one or more of the works in their audition repertoire. Applicants must make personal arrangements for accompaniment. Details of potential accompanists are available at the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland website.

The School of Music recommends that you:

  • contact your accompanist before you apply for audition to ensure their availability and to ensure music for your repertoire is available to them;
  • confirm your booking with your accompanist when the School advises you of your audition date and time; and
  • re-confirm your booking in the week before your audition date.

The School of Music cannot provide a replacement accompanist if your accompanist is unavailable on the day of your recital.

Applying for a Place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) Program

In addition to applying to audition, you must also apply for a place in your chosen Bachelor of Music (Honours) program.

All domestic students and international students currently undertaking Year 12 studies in Australia apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) for a place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program. Domestic students apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), while international students apply for a full fee paying (FFP) place.

  • The QTAC code for the UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours) program is 723002.

If you are interested in studying as a dual degree student at UQ, there are separate QTAC codes for those courses: however, we strongly recommend that you list the UQ Bachelor of Music Honours single program as your highest eligible preference, as QTAC issues early offers for that program in November. You will have an opportunity to reorder your preferences so that you can receive a place in your preferred dual degree program in December.

  • UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) dual degree program – QTAC Code 723202
  • UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts dual degree program – QTAC Code 723302
  • UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science dual degree program – QTAC Code 723402

See the QTAC website for detailed information about applying for a place: your QTAC application is due by 30 September.

All international students not currently undertaking Year 12 studies in Australia apply directly through UQ International for a full fee paying (FFP) place in your preferred Bachelor of Music program. See the UQ International website for detailed information about applying for a place: your UQ International application is due by 30 November.

Accepting a Place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) Program

Once all auditions have been completed and all DVD recordings have been received, the School determines if it will recommend to QTAC or UQ International that you be offered a place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program. In making this decision, the School takes into consideration your performance in the audition and your musical and educational background. The School will advise you of its decision by mid October.

All domestic students receive offers from QTAC based on your QTAC preference listing and eligibility for entry. You will receive an offer from QTAC for your UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours) program providing it is your highest eligible preference: if it is your preferred program, please list it as your first preference.

  • The major QTAC offer round for the Bachelor of Music (Honours) single degree is in November
  • The major QTAC offer round for Bachelor of Music (Honours) dual degrees ( with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), and Bachelor of Science) is in December

If you would like to secure your place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) single program in November and still be considered for a dual program in the December offer round, please list the Bachelor of Music (Honours) single program as your highest eligible preference, conditionally accept your offer for the single program, then reorder your preferences so the dual program is your highest eligible preference.

All international students receive offers from UQ International.