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How to apply to Classical instruments / vocals

Published: 29 December 2021

 

How to apply for the bachelor’s degree in classical instruments / vocals  - School of Music in Piteå, LTU

 

1. Apply via universityadmissions.se

The last date to apply is 16 January, 2023. 

 

2. Notification to Audition

After January 17th, applicants will receive information on how to register for the entrance exam. Dispatches are made to the e-mail address specified on antagning.se. Please check that your e-mail is correct. Registering for the entrance exam is also an assurance that you will attend the exam. Entrance exams will be held at the Campus in Piteå and online. State whether you are coming to Piteå in connection with registering for the entrance exam or whether you intend to take the entrance exam online.

 

3. Entrance exam

Auditions take place on site in Piteå during week 11 (usually Thursday-Friday). It is also possible to send in audition videos in lieu of an on-site audition. Audition videos must be received by March 19 at 23.59. If further information or materials are needed before the audition, they should be sent to the email address on file at universityadmissions.se.

 

Music theory test (MT), all applicants:

Piteå has its own music theory test (MT) and does not use the common MT exam that the other music schools use. Examples of our test can be found further down the page. The theory test is conducted online. A link to the exam will be posted here on February 15th. The exam closes on March 19 at 23.59. Once you have started the exam via the link, you have 90 minutes to complete it.

 

Entrance exam information for instruments:
The entrance exam has three components:

• Instrumental audition

• Music theory test

• Interview (possibly)

 

Instrumental audition:

At the audition, you perform 4 different works. It doesn't have to be the entire work; one movement is enough. The 4 works should cover different eras and show both musicality and technical ability.

 

Entrance exam information for singing:

The audition has five components: 

• Singing performance test 

• Obligatory Song

• Piano test 

• Music theory test

• Interview

 

Vocal audition:
Prepare six (6) classical songs/arias of varying compositional periods, tempi, styles, and languages (Italian, German, French, Swedish, English, etc). If the applicant chooses to complete a live audition in Piteå, they will begin with performing 2 selections from the repertoire list of their choice. The audition panel may then ask for additional selections from the repertoire list. Auditionees should bring a typed repertoire list to the audition with the name of each selection and the composer. In this test/audition the panel will evaluate the applicant’s vocal, lyrical, musical, and interpretational qualities.

 

Note! Applicants who audition by video should record all six classical songs/arias on the repertoire list with live piano accompaniment. All of these recordings should have been made sometime between 15 October 2022 and the audition deadline in March.

 

 

Obligatory Song:
An obligatory/required song in English will be made available on the webpage or emailed to auditioners at least one week before the audition. The song should be memorized in advance and performed with live piano accompaniment if possible. However, if that is not possible, a piano accompaniment recording will also be made available for use. Please inform the school if you need an accompaniment recording at least one week before the audition materials deadline. In this test, the jury looks at the ability to learn a song in a short amount of time.

 

Piano test:
A short piano piece of intermediate difficulty (or excerpt) will be made available for download at least one week before the examination. This performance does not need to be memorized. Applicants who choose to audition live in Piteå will perform this piano piece during their audition. Applicants who audition by video can record their performance of this piece.

 

Interview:

The applicant and teachers in the classical music program can pose questions regarding the degree program during an interview at the end of the onsite audition. Applicants who apply online (by video) may be asked to schedule a Zoom or Teams interview with members of the music faculty after their audition materials are submitted. The applicant will be expected to briefly describe their background and motivations for studying classical singing. 

 

Instructions for Entrance Exams online
If you choose to complete the audition online, the video must be of high quality in an acoustic that is not excessively live or dry. The video performances should be unedited. A live piano accompanist should be used (no accompanist recordings, except for the obligatory song if desired).  Begin each recording by saying your full name loudly and clearly. Film the videos from the front or angled so that it is clear who is singing/playing and with the hands visible. Failure to follow these instructions can result in your videos being disqualified. 

The video-files must be accessible on the internet through a link (YouTube, Dropbox, Vimeo etc.). All recordings should have been made sometime between 15 October 2022 and the audition deadline in March 2023. Include the links to your videos in an email with information about when and where the recordings were made, and the repertoire presented (name of each piece and composers’ names). If a password to access the videos is required to view or download them, please include that information. Please avoid services/permissions settings that require the panel to set up an account or login. All audition materials must be received latest by March 19 at 23.59. Video audition materials and information should be sent to antagningsprovKLIS@ltu.se

You might be called to an interview on SKYPE or ZOOM
Interview
The applicant and teachers in the classical music program can pose questions regarding the degree program during an interview at the end of the onsite audition. Applicants who apply online (by video) may be asked to schedule a Zoom or Teams interview with members of the music faculty after their audition materials are submitted. The applicant will be expected to briefly describe their background and motivations for studying classical singing.

Other information
If you would like piano accompaniment for the onsite singing audition in Piteå, please send us your sheet music electronically (in PDF) or by mail. These files or copies should include all needed information for the pianist (please make sure that no staves are missing). Please email the PDF files to antagningsprovKLIS@ltu.se or mail the package of music to the address below by 5 March.

Piteå School of Music
"Candidate Auditions"
Box 744
941 28 Piteå
Sweden

 

Contact

Katherine Osborne, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)911 72754
Organisation: Musical Performance, Music, Media and Theatre, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Petter Sundkvist

Petter Sundkvist, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)911 72602
Organisation: Musical Performance, Music, Media and Theatre, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts