College of Fine & Performing Arts

Ensemble Auditions

Open Participation

All WWU students are welcome and encouraged to join an ensemble! Placement is determined by auditions regardless of major or year in school. In addition to auditioned ensembles, we offer two choirs and one pep band that can be joined without prior placement.

Official ensemble auditions have passed for the 2018-2019 school year. We are still accepting auditions for most ensembles on an individual basis. Students who are interested in joining an auditioned ensemble winter or spring quarter should reference the contact list below. Students may still join our non-auditioned choirs through Web4U, and inquire about joining Viking Pep Band.

Contact List

Please contact the following instructors to inquire about ensemble auditions.

Ensemble List



  • Concert Choir
  • Advanced Treble Chorale
  • University Treble Choir- no audition
  • University Tenor/Bass Choir- no audition

Jazz Bands

  • Jazz Big Bands
  • Jazz Combos
  • Vocal Jazz


  • Symphony Orchestra
  • String Sinfonia

General Information

Audition Sign-Up

All auditions will be held in the performing arts center between September 23-25, 2018. To register for an audition please use the appropriate audition form under each "audition requirements and information" page.


With the exception of Viking Band, all students must register for an ensemble to participate. The University Treble and Tenor/Bass choirs can be added through Web4U without an override. All other ensembles can be added through Web4U after audition results have been posted. An override can be submitted by the instructor or Lee Anne Frahn.

Instrument Rental/Lockers

If you currently do not own your instrument, we offer low cost instrumental rentals ($50-45 per quarter) through our instrumental library. For more information regarding instrumental rentals please email the instrumental library. The music department also checks out lockers on a space available basis to students participating in ensembles. Contact the main music office (PAC 27) for more information at 360-650-3310.

Practice Rooms

The performing arts center has practice rooms available for all Western students, open seven days a week on LL1 and LL2. Non music majors and minors are permitted to use these room after 5 p.m. on weekdays and at all times on weekends.

Ensemble Auditions

Choral Auditions

Concert Choir, Advanced Treble auditions, and University Treble and Tenor/Bass class assessment.

Weekly Choral Class Schedule

Concert Choir MUS 471 2 MTWRF 12 - 12:50pm
Advanced Treble Chorale MUS 271 2 MTWR 1 - 1:50pm
University Treble Choir MUS 271 2 MTW 2 - 2:50pm
University Tenor/Bass Choir

MUS 271

2 WRF 2 - 2:50pm

Symphony Orchestra and String Sinfonia Auditions

Strings Only


Weekly Strings Class Schedule

Symphony Orchestra

MUS 473

2 MWF 12 - 1:20pm
String Sinfonia MUS 273 2 MF 3 - 4:50pm

Orchestra and Wind Symphony Consideration

Winds, Brass, Percussion


Weekly Winds, Brass, Percussion Class Schedule

Symphony Orchestra

MUS 473

2 MWF 12 - 12:50pm
Wind Symphony

MUS 472

2 TR 2 - 3:50pm

Symphonic Band Consideration

Students planning to audition for only symphonic band. All other winds, brass and percussion should visit our general WBP page.

Symphonic Band Audition Requirements and Information

Weekly Symphonic Band Class Schedule

Symphonic Band

MUS 272

2 MW 3 - 4:50pm

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble Audition Requirements and Information

Please e-mail Kevin Woods if you need lead sheets for any of the tunes on the audition list, or have any questions.

Weekly Jazz Ensembles Class Schedule

Vocal Jazz Ensemble MUS 284 2 TBA TBA
Jazz Ensembles II MUS 274 2 TR 4 - 5:20pm
Chamber Jazz Ensembles III MUS 275 2 TBA TBA
Chamber Jazz Ensembles IV MUS 275 2 TBA TBA
Chamber Jazz Ensembles V MUS 275 2 TBA TBA
Jazz Ensembles I MUS 475 2 MWF 2 - 2:50pm
Chamber Jazz Ensembles I MUS 475 2 TBA TBA
Chamber Jazz Ensembles II MUS 475 2 TBA TBA

Percussion Ensemble

No formal audition is required, but previous experience with percussion music is required.

To participate, please reach out to our percussion coordinator, Patrick Roulet,  to schedule a meeting, and for more information.

Weekly Percussion Ensemble Class Schedule

Percussion Ensemble

MUS 281



T 5 - 5:50pm
R 4:30 - 5:50pm

Viking Band

There is no audition required to join the Viking Band. Complete the online registration form below.

Viking Band registration form and information.

For more information, contact Zach Smith.

Chamber Ensembles

Chamber ensembles are also open to all students at Western.
  • Collegium Musicum
  • Contemporary String Quartet
  • Flute Ensemble
  • NowHearThis!
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Western Brass
  • Western Guitars
  • Western Voices
  • Woodwind, String and Brass Ensembles

Chamber Ensemble Information and Questions

For more information regarding our chamber ensembles, please reach out to the follow coordinators.