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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 PBDP program must be submitted online. Your application must be submitted by the application deadline and include the following documents:

  • 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)

Only completed applications will be considered for an audition. You will receive an email notification from the faculty with your audition schedule in March.

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 your area of study; and
  • may involve sight-reading, singing and/or rhythm and melody playback

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.

Due to our commitment to supporting public health measures, there will be no in-person auditions for 2021-22. Video recordings will replace in-person auditions and interviews will be held online.

For Fall 2021 applications:

You will submit audition video recordings fulfilling the specific requirements for your area of study. Video recordings can be uploaded to YouTube (unlisted) or OneDrive. Please submit links to your video recordings to louella.yambot@umanitoba.ca by Jan 4, 2021.

Accompanists and Jazz fee:

We understand it may be difficult to arrange accompaniment for your audition recordings. Applicants may record with an accompanist if they would like to and/or are able to work with the accompanist in a safe and socially distance manner; however, this is not required for the audition.

Collaborative piano audition requirements

Please record your selections in a safe setting – if you are unable to record safely with singers, we will accept videos of you singing and playing the vocal selections. Feel free to include recordings of live performances from fall 2019 to present as supplemental material. 

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

Details to come

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

Step 3: Wait for a decision

You will receive an email notification from the faculty when a decision has been made on your audition. 

In addition to a favourable audition result, all required documentation must be received and all academic requirements met in order to receive an offer of admission.

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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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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, Debra Diubaldo who can be reached at debra.diubaldo@umanitoba.ca or 204-668-8160.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application deadline
Summer (May, part-time) Advanced entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.
Fall (September) Advanced 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
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Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
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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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Applicants must seek permission from the Faculty representative, Jennifer Mitchell, prior to applying.

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Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy annual application deadline

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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 1

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

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Audition dates

Term Audition dates
Fall 2021 March 2021

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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
Fax: 204-474-7554

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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