Bachelor of Music (Honours) Auditions

Auditions for entry to the Bachelor of Music (Honours) for 2023 are scheduled for September 2022. There is no cost to audition - participation is free.

Applying to audition 

The due date to apply to audition has been extended: the application to audition form, with all other necessary documents and the link to your audition video, must now be submitted to the School of Music by 4 pm on Monday 29 August 2022. The School may not accept your application to audition if it is incomplete or received after that date.

Application to Audition form (DOC, 111 KB)

Audition Format

Auditions will be held in two rounds. All applicants submit a link to an audio-visual recording of their 15-minute audition program on YouTube as part of their application. Your audition video must be unedited and recorded in a single take.

Your recording will be considered purely on the basis of your performance skills and musicianship. The quality of the recording is not taken into consideration. Phone, tablet and other audio-visual devices are all acceptable. Accompaniment is not necessary, but you may use pre-recorded accompaniment if you wish. If you are unable to access an instrument to make a recording, please email Dr Anna Grinberg.

Music audition video upload guide (PDF, 46.5 KB)

Recordings will be viewed by academic staff, and you will be notified by Friday 2 September 2022 if you have progressed to the second round of live auditions. Live auditions will take place at the School of Music on Sunday 11 September 2022 for instrumental applicants and Saturday 17 September 2022 for voice applicants.

If you are unable to travel to Brisbane for the live round of auditions, your recording will be assessed by the audition panel. Your audition panel will arrange a Zoom or telephone interview after they have reviewed your audition video.

Audition Process

Applicants may audition for one or two of the following:

  • Brass (any of horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba)
  • Classical Guitar (not electric guitar)
  • Composition (new for 2023)
  • 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.

Instrumental and voice 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. 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.

Composition applicants must present three compositions of at least two minutes each, demonstrating a range of instrumentation and/or style. Scores are to use staff notation and may include extended notation; electronic music without notation is also acceptable.You are not required to play your own compositions, but if you are invited to the second round of live auditions, you will be required to demonstrate your skill on an instrument that can participate in ensemble performances with other composition students in workshops.

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

Accompanists

Applicants auditioning on all instruments except classical guitar, composition, 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.

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 before conditionally accepting this early round offer, so that you will be issued an offer for a place in your preferred dual degree program in the main round of offers. Accepting the offer for the dual degree program in the main round will replace your conditional acceptance of the offer for the single program in the early round.

  • 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, 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. When you receive your offer for the single program in the November round, reorder your preferences before accepting this early round offer with the response option "Conditional response, with change of preference". Please visit the QTAC website for more information about this process.

All international students receive offers from UQ International.