College of Fine & Performing Arts

Entrance Auditions

Auditions

Auditions for students who want to begin a major or minor in music, as well as scholarship consideration for majors, minors, and non-music majors/minors during primary audition dates. Please see below regarding general WWU Admissions, and Music Department acceptance. 

Entrance Auditions vs. Ensemble Auditions 

Entrance Auditions determine acceptance as a major or minor, as well as determine scholarship awards. Ensemble Auditions determine placement into appropriate ensembles each year. Incoming students will participate in Ensemble Auditions Fall quarter of their first year. Students are not placed into ensembles during Entrance Auditions. 

2019-2020 Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions for major/minor consideration for the 2019-2020 academic year have ended. Auditions are now scheduled on a space-available basis and contingent on studio availability. Please contact the appropriate area coordinator to inquire about an audition. The percussion studio will not hold any more auditions for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Contacts

2020-2021 Entrance Auditions
 

Entrance and Scholarship Auditions are held each year in January, February, and March. Audition dates for major/minor and scholarship consideration for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted Fall, 2019. Students may get a general idea of our requirements by visiting the appropriate page below and reading our general audition information. 

Audition Requirements

Please visit the appropriate auditions page below after reading the general audition information.

General Audition Information

General WWU vs. Music Admissions

Students will not submit a separate application for music major or minor consideration. Students will submit one WWU Admissions application and then complete an audition for program and music scholarship consideration. Students may request a music audition regardless if they have completed a WWU application, or received an admissions decision by the WWU Admissions Office. Acceptance to the Music Department does not guarantee admission to the general university. Decisions related to general admissions are completed independently by the University and contingent on the completion of a WWU Application. 

Requesting an Audition

All auditions will be scheduled through our online audition request form. Students must provide a regularly checked email as this is the primary point of contact for scheduling auditions. The audition form will not be updated for 2020-2021 auditions until Fall 2019. 

Scheduling an Audition

Students will receive an official email from Lee Anne Frahn with regards to their assigned audition date, time, and room. Some students may receive an informal email from area coordinators. These students will receive a follow-up official email from Lee Anne Frahn with more details regarding the audition day.

Timeline of Results

Audition results vary by audition area and are dependent on the number of auditions, competition, and overall studio availability. The final notification deadline will be updated in Fall 2019 with audition dates.

Audition Cancellation

Students may cancel up to one week before their scheduled audition. To complete the cancellation, students must email  Lee Anne Frahn indicating their request to cancel. Students wishing to change audition dates or time slots must also email Lee Anne Frahn with that request and we will do our best to schedule an audition on the next available date.

Online Submissions

Although we strongly encourage all students to participate in live auditions, we do accept video and audio online submissions in lieu of a live audition for entrance and scholarship consideration. Each area has specific policies regarding video vs. audio recorded submissions. Please review those policies before submitting an online audition. Online submissions will be due by 5 p.m. on March 2. Online submissions sent in after our this date will not be eligible for a scholarship and will be considered on a space-available basis.  

Live Audition Location

Live auditions will be held in various rooms in the Performing Arts Center ("PA" on campus maps and directories) during all primary audition dates. Students will be emailed an audition packet along with their audition time and date. This packet will provide more information regarding parking, travel recommendations, and a map of our building. Please visit our campus map site for more information regarding parking, accessibility, and directions

Composition Requirements

Prospective composition majors must also submit a portfolio of previous work for faculty review. The portfolio should consist of notated scores and any recordings, live or midi. Non-local students may submit their scores and recordings online. Please contact Dr. Bruce Hamilton to schedule an interview for the same day of your entrance audition. Prospective students will be notified of their acceptance into the composition program once they are accepted into the Department of Music based on instrumental or vocal audition.

Ensemble Participation and Auditions

Ensemble auditions are scheduled separately each fall before school begins. Students intending to only play in ensembles are not required to attend our entrance and scholarship auditions. All music majors and minors must attend ensemble auditions in the fall to be placed in an ensemble. 

Questions

Students who have questions regarding the general information, the audition request form, and the music majors and minors can email questions to Lee Anne Frahn. Questions regarding the audition process, repertoire and audition times should direct their questions to the appropriate area coordinator. That information is located under each auditions page above.