Choirs

Director of Choral Activities, Professor Tim Fitzpatrick

Director of Advanced Treble and University Choirs, Dr. Angela Kasper

There are performing opportunities for everyone – music majors and non-majors alike – in Western’s choral program. Students can join University Choir without an audition! 


Ensemble auditions for Advanced Treble Chorale and Concert Choir will take place each year before the academic year begins in September. Students can join University Choirs without an audition!


Visit our Ensemble Auditions page for more information regarding requirements, deadlines, and how to submit an audition.

Auditioned Choirs

Advanced Treble Chorale

Soprano · Alto

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

Soprano · Alto · Tenor · Bass

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.

Western Voices

Soprano · Alto · Tenor · Bass

Western Voices is a mixed, 16-voice voice select ensemble dedicated to developing high levels of musicianship and beautiful choral singing in a supportive, talented community. Repertoire includes music of any style that is suitable for smaller chamber ensemble. This choir is offered during the spring quarter only and is open to choristers already participating in another WWU choir. All students receive a scholarship for membership in Western Voices.

Non-Auditioned Choirs

University Choir

Soprano · Alto · Tenor · Bass

University Choir is a campus-wide ensemble open to all students without an audition! This vibrant community includes music majors and non-majors who love to sing and thrive on the sense of community that happens in a large, inclusive choir. The University Choir sings music from around the world, music representing historically resilient populations, and music from the large body of published music readily available for mixed choirs. Students may enroll in this ensemble any quarter while at WWU. Credits are repeatable and may be used toward electives and total graduation requirements.

Registration

All students must register for an ensemble to participate. The only exception is Viking Band, which is not offered as a course. Students will not be able to register for an auditioned ensemble until after auditions results have been posted in September. Students may register for University Treble and Tenor/Bass choirs at any time through Web4U.

Credits

Each course is repeatable for credit and can be used towards graduation requirements, including upper-division, elective, and total 180 credits required.

Tours and Performance Opportunities

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.

Western 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 Qwar 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

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions, we're happy to find you an answer. Call the Music Department Office 360-650-3130, or view the directory of faculty and staff.