College of Fine & Performing Arts

Ensemble Auditions

Open Participation

All WWU students are welcome and encouraged to join an ensemble. Auditions are held each year before Fall term begins, and placement is determined 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. Students who miss Fall Ensemble Auditions should email the appropriate area coordinator or director to inquire about an audition. 

2019-2020 Auditions

Fall 2019 Ensemble Auditions have passed. Please see further instructions under the appropriate audition area below.

Viking Band (no audition)
University Choirs (no audition)

General Information


Except for Viking Band, all students must register for ensembles to participate. Students will not be able to register for auditioned ensembles until after Ensemble Audition results have been posted. Students may register for University Treble and Tenor/Bass choirs at any time through Web4U. Vocal Majors and Minors should see below for more information. Viking Pep Band is the only exception as it is not offered as a course.

Practice Rooms

Practice rooms are available to all WWU students and the community at 5:00 pm and after on weekdays and all day on weekends. Those enrolled in an ensemble have priority access to practice rooms along with majors and minors from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm during weekdays. Practice rooms are located on Lower level 1 & 2 (LL1, LL2) in the Performing Arts Center.

Instrument Rental/Lockers

We cannot guarantee instrument rentals for ensemble auditions. 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.

Small/Chamber Ensemble Auditions

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.

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 following coordinators.


Please contact the following instructors to inquire about ensemble auditions.