College of Fine & Performing Arts

Choirs

Choral Department

Director of Choral Activities, Professor Tim Fitzpatrick.
Choral Music Education, Advanced Treble and University Choirs, Dr. Angela Broeker.

There are performing opportunities for everyone – music majors and non-majors alike – in Western’s choral program. We have two large auditioned choirs and two choirs that can be joined any quarter without an audition.

Ensembles

Advanced Treble Chorale

The Advanced Treble Chorale is an auditioned large ensemble that performs challenging choral music from all style periods for treble voices. This choir consists of advanced vocalists who are music majors and minors, as well as non-majors from a variety of backgrounds and interests. The Advanced Treble Chorale is open to all students on campus, and welcome and encourage everyone to audition.

Concert Choir

A highly select ensemble of 40-60 singers that performs a variety of challenging choral music from all historical periods. This choir consists of advanced vocalists who are music majors and minors, as well as non-majors from a variety of backgrounds and interests. The Advanced Treble Chorale is open to all students on campus, and welcome and encourage everyone to audition.

University Treble Choir

The University Treble Choir is a large ensemble that performs music for soprano and alto voices. Consisting of a combination of music majors, minors and non-majors, this ensemble is open to all university students. In addition to performing as a choir, the University Treble Choir also perform pieces for mixed choirs with the University Tenor/Bass Choir. Students may enroll in this ensemble during any quarter at WWU. The ensemble meets Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 2:00 - 2:50 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Credits are repeatable and may be used towards electives and total graduation requirements.

University Tenor/Bass Choir 

The University Tenor / Bass choir is a non-auditioned large ensemble that performs music composed for tenor and bass voices. Consisting of a combination of music majors, minors and non-majors, this ensemble is open to all university students. In addition to performing as a choir, the  University Tenor/ Bass also perform pieces for mixed choirs with the University Treble Choir. Students may enroll in this ensemble during any quarter at WWU. The ensemble meets Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:00 - 2:50 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Credits are repeatable and may be used towards electives and total graduation requirements.

Western Voices

Western Voices is a sixteen-member, highly select ensemble that specializes in music composed for vocal chamber choir. This ensemble performs everything from Renaissance masses to nineteenth-century partsongs to opera choruses. Most members are undergraduate music majors and minors who are also highly accomplished solo singers. All students receive scholarships for membership in this ensemble, and the group performs and tours regularly with the Western Concert Choir.

Joining an Ensemble

Students can join the university choirs all year! Those who wish to join Advanced Treble Choir and Concert Choir must complete an Ensemble Audition

Enrollment

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. Credits from ensembles may apply towards total graduation requirements and may additionally apply to upper-division and elective requirements for graduation. 

Opportunities and Tours

Students in our choral program have numerous opportunities for personal and musical growth, as well as travel regionally and abroad. 

International and Regional Tours

The Advanced Treble Chorale and Concert Choir have regularly performed internationally on tours within the USA and in South America and Europe. Past tours have included Estonia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Argentina, and Uruguay. has been selected numerous times to perform at the Northwest Regional ACDA conferences, which are held at various locations in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, this ensemble most recently traveled to Estonia, with plans to tour Europe again in the future.

High School Festival

Every year, The WWU Choral Area invites high schools from around Washington State to participate in a non-auditioned festival for soprano/alto voices, and a separate festival for tenor/bass voices. In the past, these two festivals have been offered at different times of the year. Starting fall 2018, they will be integrated, and offered on the same day! On the last Friday of each October, the newly integrated festival offers high school singers the opportunity to be part of a mass choir experience in which they sing alongside collegiate level students, have the opportunity to be coached by renowned area clinicians and hear collegiate level soloists and choral ensembles. The event is a great buy-in for students new to the choral experience and supports high school teachers seeking to grow their choral programs through this motivating and inspiring festival

Alumni

Numerous vocal program alumni have gone on to successful performance careers in opera and musical theater, while others have become accomplished private studio instructors, music teachers, and conductors.

Conductors

Professor Tim Fitzpatrick, Director of Choral Activities

  • Concert Choir
  • Western Voices

Dr. Angela Broeker, Choral Music Education

  • Advanced Treble Chorale
  • University Tenor/Bass Choir
  • University Treble Choir