Undergraduate Application & Audition

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Supplemental Application Form
Getting ready to audition  
Audition repertoire
Deadlines to Apply
Audition Dates

The Application and Audition Process

Step 1: Apply to the University Registrar

a)  If you are applying for undergraduate admission to Dalhousie or to King’s, submit a completed Undergraduate Application for Admission to the appropriate Registrar’s Office. This form may be downloaded and/or you can apply online.  Dalhousie web page:  http://dal.ca/admissions.  King’s web page http://ukings.ca/admissions.

b) If you are applying to come to Dalhousie as an Exchange student, please visit http://dal.ca/exchange to learn more about the application process.

Step 2: Apply to Audition for the Fountain School
Whether you are applying to enter a music degree program, visit Dalhousie on an exchange, or take applied study as an elective, the Supplemental Application Form is required to request an audition. This form is submitted directly to the Fountain School. Please do NOT send this form to the Registrar as this may cause delays in scheduling your audition. The Supplemental form may be downloaded or submitted online. Please note that we are unable to schedule an audition without receipt of this form.

Step 3: Audition (in person or video)

a) In-Person Auditions:  Once we have received your supplemental application form, we'll contact you to arrange a date and time for your audition.  See the audition dates below. (Due to the COVID-19 situation, all current auditions are via video)

b) Video Auditions:  While in-person auditions are preferred and recommended, we do accept video auditions, provided the video is receive by the application deadline. You may also send other types of recordings, but these must be accompanied by a video. Once your video is reviewed by the audition panel, additional testing materials will be sent to, and administered by, a music teacher in your area. Please provide contact details for a teacher when you submit your video.

All auditions must follow the guidelines for audition repertoire.
See steps to prepare for your audition.

Step 4: Admission Decisions
Audition results will be communicated to you and to the Registrar's Office by the Fountain School's Director. The Registrar's Office will inform you of your admissibility to Dalhousie University. Please note that acceptance by both the Fountain School and Dalhousie University is required. The Fountain School cannot override academic admissions decisions made by the university.


Applications to audition for Music programs should be governed by the following recommended dates. Please note that in order to be considered for a Dalhousie University entrance scholarship or a Fountain performing arts undergraduate scholarship, your application must be complete (including transcripts) by March 1. Music entrance scholarships are also available.

March 1, 2020 If you intend to audition in March (for scholarship consideration):
  1. Supplemental Form received by the Fountain School
  2. Complete university application received by the University Registrar
March 6, 2020
Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre)
March 7, 2020 Scholarship audition (Yamaha Canada, Scarborough, ON)
March 13, 2020 Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre)

Distance applicants who are submitting a video and wish to be considered for scholarships must have their video submitted by March 13
Early April 2020 University and Music entrance scholarships announced
May 1, 2020 Late auditions (via video)
June 1, 2020 Applications received after June 1 are subject to a $25 late fee and acceptance is determined by studio space

Audition dates

It is to your benefit to audition in person. However, if this is not possible we will accept a video, provided it is received by March 13 for scholarship purposes. Distance applicants must provide teacher contact information with their video.

2020 audition dates

Friday, March 6

Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre)
Saturday, March 7 Scholarship audition (Yamaha Canada, Scarborough, ON)
Friday, March 13 Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre)
Friday, May 1 Late auditions (if space available)