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    Faculty

    • Desautels Faculty of Music

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    Degree

    • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Music

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    Expected duration

    • 1 year

  • 20+

    Student ensembles

  • 40

    Spacious, light-filled practice rooms

  • 1:5

    Ratio of faculty members to students

  • $600,000+

    Value of scholarships, bursaries and prizes awarded annually

Program details

This flexible program allows students to select courses from the Bachelor of Music program as well as other faculties and schools at the University of Manitoba. Students are mentored by distinguished artists and enjoy extensive opportunities to participate in ensembles and display their abilities through solo performance.

Expected duration: 1 year

Students must complete 30 credit hours of study to earn a PBDP. The program requires 15 credit hours of core courses from the Bachelor of Music program, plus 15 credit hours of electives. A minimum of 18 credit hours must be taken in the faculty, however students may take all 30 credit hours within the faculty.

Core courses

MUSC 5400: Major practical study with the principal teacher (6 credit hours)
MUSC 5180: Ensemble (3 credit hours)
MUSC 5560: Recital – solo performance (6 credit hours)

Electives

Students choose their electives from 3000 and 4000 level courses (15 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

Prospective students to the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance program, you must have completed:

  • A four-year Bachelor of Music degree, or
  • A conservatory diploma taken in residence.

All prospective students must successfully pass the audition to be considered for the program.

Obtaining a second PBDP

Students who hold the PBDP from the University of Manitoba (or equivalent post-baccalaureate diploma from another institution) may apply for a second PBDP if studying a different applied instrument than that of their first PBDP in their major practical study, ensemble, and recital courses and if the remaining course credits taken do not duplicate those in their first PBDP.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120

Step 1: Apply online

Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts:

  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal essay of 250-300 words which outlines your musical aspiration and plans to achieve them
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (if applicable)

Applicants will be emailed 1 - 2 weeks after the application deadline to arrange their audition and interview.

Step 2: Audition

Your audition may take up to 30 minutes. Whether you are auditioning in-person or by video recording, the audition will involve:

  • performing up to 15-20 minutes of prepared music fulfilling the audition requirements for your area of study;
  • an interview covering a range of areas, your background and experience in music performance;
  • assessing aural and technical skills

Accompanists: Vocal and instrumental pieces must be accompanied. Arrangements for accompanists on the day of the audition or video recording are the responsibility of the student.

Jazz audition fee: Jazz students auditioning in-person, must pay a $25 fee. This fee covers the expense of a rhythm section, which will be provided by that Faculty. Payments must be made before the audition at the Music General Office.

For Fall 2022 entry, video recordings will replace in-person auditions and interviews will be held over Zoom. Video recording links must be uploaded to the application portal.

Collaborative piano audition requirements

The audition program should consist of the following:

Instrumental

  • First movement of any Beethoven violin or cello sonata
  • One movement of any violin or cello sonata by Brahms or Franc

Vocal (All to be played in original keys)

  • Schubert - Gretchen am Spinnrade OR Ganymed
  • Strauss – Allerseelen OR Zueignung
  • Debussy – Il pleure dans mon Coeur OR Faure – Clair de Lune

Solo

  • Piano solo of your choice, approximately 7-10 minutes in duration. This can be a short piece or  movement(s) from any larger work.

Jazz audition requirements

Audition pieces

The audition program should consist of:

  • A medium tempo blues selection:
    • Play melody and a minimum of two improvised choruses
    • Rhythm section players must comp for a soloist
  • A jazz standard of your choice:
    • Play melody and a minimum of two improvised choruses
    • Rhythm section players must comp for a soloist. Drummers must trade fours with the rhythm section.

Sight Reading

A short sight-reading passage.

Interview

There will be a brief interview covering a range of areas, including your background and experience in jazz performance.

Technical Requirement

Play a major scale, one octave ascending and descending, in any key. Drummers and singers must perform this on piano.

Additional Information

You must provide three copies of charts for the music you perform (in your key).

Piano audition requirements

Audition pieces

The audition program should consist of:

  • A minimum of two contrasting movements of a classical sonata, one of which is in sonata form
  • A romantic work 
  • A minimum of two other works chosen from the Baroque, Impressionist and/or 20th century/contemporary periods

Audition programs must be approved by the area coordinator. At the time of the audition, jurors will select repertoire from the candidate’s approved program totaling 20-30 minutes in length.

Musicianship

There may be a short test to check your basic musicianship skills (sight reading, rhythm and melody playback, interval singing, etc.).

Interview

There will be a brief interview covering a range of areas, including your background and experience in piano performance.

Strings audition requirements

The audition program should consist of the following.

Viola 

Memorization is preferred but not required. 

  • J.S. Bach: One movement from any Sonata or Partita for violin solo, or any movement from Suite for cello solo
  • First movement of any Baroque or Classical concerto
  • Piece of your own choice for viola solo or viola and piano

Cello 

Memorization is preferred but not required. 

  • One etude by Duport or Popper
  • Two contrasting movements from the Bach Cello Suites
  • One movement from standard concerto (e.g. Haydn C or D major, Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Shostakovich)
  • Piece of your own choice for cello solo or cello and piano

Double bass

Memorization is preferred but not required. 

  • Two contrasting pieces of applicant’s choice
  • Three orchestra excerpts by: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart or Strauss
  • One major scale, one harmonic minor scale, one minor scale of choice in two or three octaves
  • Sight-reading may be required

Guitar

Memorization is preferred but not required. 

  • One movement of a Baroque or Renaissance suite.
  • One movement of a Classical or Romantic major work (concerto, sonata, suite, etc.) for guitar
  • One piece representing a major 20th or 21st century work for guitar

Voice audition requirements

Audition pieces

The audition program should consist of:

  • two arias (one opera, one oratorio)
  • three art songs in contrasting languages

Sight reading

There may be a short test to check your basic musicianship skills (sight reading, rhythm and melody playback, interval singing, etc.).

Interview

There will be a brief interview covering a range of areas, including your background and experience in vocal performance.

Woodwinds, brass and percussion audition requirements

Details to come

Notification of decision

Decisions will be posted to the applicant's portal. Applicants must log in to their application portal to view the decision and to accept or decline their offer by the deadline date indicated in the letter. It is imperative that email accounts remain current and that emails and application portals are regularly checked.

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Includes the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences and Physical Geography programs.

Includes Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Health Studies programs.

Includes Bachelor of Science degrees in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agroecology, Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October August 1
Winter (January) Direct entry Early May December 1
Summer (May) Direct entry Early October April 1

Start or continue your application 

Bachelor of Fine Art application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 1

Diploma in Fine Art application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 1

Start or continue your application for the BFA and diploma programs

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

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Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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To apply to the Inner City Social Work program, attend an information session at the William Norrie Centre. You will receive an application form at the information session. All information sessions are held in Room 126, William Norrie Centre.

Room 126 William Norrie Centre
485 Selkirk Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6 Canada
204-668-8160
Fax: 204-663-8857

All applicants need approval from the Faculty of Social Work – Inner City Selection Coordinator, Carla Kirkpatrick who can be reached at carla.kirkpatrick@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7364.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application deadline
Summer (May, part-time) Direct entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.
Fall (September) Direct entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.

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Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
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Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

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Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1
Environmental Design Architecture Master Preparation Option (ED AMP) Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 1

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Students who wish to enrol in Summer courses that start in May should apply by April 1.

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This program is no longer available. Please contact the Faculty representative Jennifer Mitchell or Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba for more information.

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Winnipeg annual application deadlines

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The Pas and Thompson (UM/University College of the North) annual application deadline

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Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy annual application deadline

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Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy: Degree Completion Program annual application deadlines

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the Winter term is available on a space available basis only.

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Applicants are encouraged to apply early and check their course availability prior to applying.

Applicants applying to the Summer term are recommended to apply a minimum of one month prior to the start of their classes. Summer session offers a number of different start dates based on course offerings.

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The BPRN program has been placed on a temporary suspension starting for the Fall 2019 intake.

Access students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry March 31 (extended)

Application form for Access students (PDF)

External students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1 (Extended to March 31)

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Audition dates

Term Audition dates
Fall 2022 March 2 - 4, 2022

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext. 8808

Program inquiries

Desautels Faculty of Music
Room T319 
150 Dafoe Road West
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

music@umanitoba.ca
204-474-9310