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Admission to the Opera Diploma is based on the collective results of:

  • Academics
    • Undergraduate degree or diploma in music
    • Completion of two first-year (or equivalent) language courses in French, German, Italian or Russian
  • Audition
    • Prepare three arias (memorized) from the standard classical operatic repertory in contrasting styles and languages. One must be in Italian.
    • All arias must have piano accompaniment.
  • Interview with a faculty member: This is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to ask questions you have about studying at Laurier.

Application Process

 Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Students who have been enrolled in Laurier's Faculty of Music can apply by contacting

  • Once your application is received by Laurier from OUAC, you will be emailed login information for Laurier’s Online Audition Portal (starting Dec. 15).

  • Laurier’s Online Audition Portal requires you to submit:
    • Your contact information.
    • Your preferred choice of audition date. You will rank three dates from a set list.
    • Contact information for one reference (reference will be contacted by Laurier via email to complete a reference questionnaire).
    • Your current academic information.
    • Details on your musical background and career goals.
    • $60 audition fee. (payable by credit card)

Once this information and your $60 audition fee is submitted through the Online Audition Portal you will receive a confirmation email with you audition date and time.

You should audition in person, but if you live further than 400 km from Laurier, you can audition by video. If you choose this option in the Laurier Audition Portal, you’ll receive instructions from our Auditions Coordinator on how to prepare and submit your video.

What to expect on your audition day

Arrive and park at Wilfrid Laurier University. Head towards the Faculty of Music, John Aird Centre building. We suggest arriving 30 minutes early.

Immediately check-in with an Audition Assistant. Signs in the main entrance of the Faculty of Music will list which floor our check-in table is on.

Once you check-in our Audition Assistant will lead you to a practice room so you can warm up.

We encourage you to arrive at the audition room 10 minutes prior to your audition time.

You audition will take roughly 15-20 minutes and will also include a short discussion with the panel of faculty members.

  • Bring one copy (photocopies are acceptable) of your music for the audition panel.
  • Professional accompanists are provided (no extra fee) by the Faculty of Music. You must provide a copy of the music for the accompanist. If you prefer, you may bring your own accompanist.

Immediately following your audition, you will be led to your interview by an Audition Assistant. You will be interviewed by a faculty member who was not on your audition panel. Interviews last roughly 10-15 minutes.

After your audition

Most applicants will hear from us once all audition candidates for the opera diploma have been auditioned. In some cases, this may not be until late April or May.

If your audition is successful, you will receive an email from the Faculty of Music recommending you for admission. This is not a guarantee of your acceptance. Providing that you meet all academic admission requirements of the university and you have received a recommendation from the Faculty of Music, Laurier’s Recruitment and Admissions Office will send you your official offer of admission.

Regardless of outcome, the Faculty of Music will contact all students by email with their audition results.

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Want to learn more about the Faculty of Music at Laurier? Come visit us or request our viewbook.


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