College of Fine & Performing Arts

Choral Auditions

Choir Ensemble Auditions

Director of Choral Activities, Professor Timothy Fitzpatrick
Director of Voice and Opera, Dr. Eric Rieger
 
All ensembles and productions are open to WWU students regardless of major or year in school. Two of our choral ensembles require an audition; other ensembles do not. Please see below for more information regarding the non-auditioned University Choirs. Students should plan their audition time around Fall move-in and orientation. 

Audition Checklist

  1. Read all general information and make note of mandatory Fall 2019 dates.
  2. Locate audition requirements or vocal assessment for each ensemble.
  3. Sign up for a live audition using our online Ensemble Audition Form.
  4. Write down the time and location of your audition and show up at least 30 minutes early.

General Information

Audition Sign-up

All auditions will be scheduled through our online Ensemble Audition Form. The deadline for online sign-up is September 20, 2019, at 5:00 pm. At this time, physical copies of the choral audition sign-up sheets will be posted on the Choir bulletin board located on lower level 2 (LL2) of the Performing Arts Center (PA/PAC). Please use the campus map to locate our building (No.16), as well as use the PAC Floor Map to locate the choir bulletin board and audition room. 

Audition Change/Cancellation

Students may change or cancel their audition by emailing LeeAnne Frahn. After the online deadline, audition changes must be made on the physical audition sign-up sheets posted on the Choir bulletin board located on lower level 2 (LL2) of the Performing Arts Center (PA/PAC). Please use the campus map to locate our building (No.16), as well as use the PAC Floor Map to locate the choir bulletin board and audition room. 

Accompanist for Auditions

An accompanist will be provided for all auditions. Students will not have a chance to rehearse with the accompanist prior to auditions. Please be prepared to provide a tempo before starting.

Enrollment 

All students participating in choir must register for the appropriate course through Web4U.  Each course is 2 credits per quarter and is repeatable for credit towards graduation requirements, electives, and music degrees. Students placed into Advanced Treble or Concert Choir will receive an override to register after audition results have been posted. "R" indicates a Thursday meeting time. 

Time Commitment

Students who audition for Concert Choir and Advanced Treble Chorale must commit to enrolling each quarter: Fall, Winter, and Spring 2019-2020. In some cases, exceptions are made for mid-year grads and student interns. University Treble and University Tenor/Bass choir have a quarterly commitment but are encouraged to sing all year.

Performance Attire

For formal concerts, sopranos and altos generally wear the same ankle-length black dress. Tenors and Basses generally wear a black tuxedo (white shirt, black bow tie). Information on purchasing formal attire will be posted on Canvas and discussed on the first day of class. We are happy to consider alternative attire for those who wish to have an option that better validates the way they present their gender.

Voice Majors and Minors

All voice majors are required to participate in ensemble auditions, even those previously registered for University Treble or Tenor/Bass Choir. All voice minors who wish to enroll in lessons must participate in ensemble auditions, even those previously registered for University Treble or Tenor/Bass Choir. Voice students will be placed into appropriate vocal studios through choir auditions. Voice studio placement will be posted on the Voice and Opera bulletin board outside the audition room. Weekly voice masterclasses are mandatory for all students enrolled in lessons. 

Class Schedules

Ensemble Day Time
Advanced Treble Chorale (MUS 371) MTWR 1 - 1:50 pm
Concert Choir (MUS 471) MTWRF 12 - 12:50 pm
University Treble Choir (MUS 271) MTW 2 - 2:50 pm
University Tenor/Bass Choir (MUS 271) WRF 2 - 2:50 pm

Audition Dates and Requirements 

"New students" include all incoming freshman, transfer students, and those that have not previously participated in WWU choirs.

Student Classification Date Time
Returning Students Only 09/22/19 9 am - 9 pm
Returning and New Student 09/23/19 9 am - 9 pm
New Students Only 09/24/19 9 am - 5 pm

Advanced Treble Chorale

A highly select ensemble of 30-40 singers that performs challenging choral music from all style periods for treble voices. Students intending to audition for Advanced Treble and Concert Choir should prepare two pieces. Consideration for both ensembles will be based on one audition.

Requirements and Assessment

  1. One prepared, memorized piece.
    • Classical art song, aria, classical folksong, or musical theater.
    • Please bring sheet music to audition.
  2. Vocalization up and down the range.
  3. Pitch Memory.
  4. Sight-reading: 4-part hymn
    • Tenors read in bass clef
    • Major key, less than 3 flats or sharps.
    • The other parts will be played on the piano as you sight-read.

Mandatory Fall 2019 Dates

Date Event Time
11/01/19 HS Treble & Tenor/Bass Festival 9 am - 3 pm
11/24/19 Fall Choral Concert II 3 pm
 

Concert Choir

A highly select ensemble of 40-60 singers that performs a variety of challenging choral music from all historical periods. Students intending to audition for Advanced Treble and Concert Choir should prepare two pieces. Consideration for both ensembles will be based on one audition.

Requirements and Assessment

  1. Two prepared, memorized pieces
    • Classical art song or aria.
    • One choice may instead be classical folksong or musical theater selection.
    • Please bring sheet music to audition.
  2. Vocalization up and down the range.
  3. Pitch Memory.
  4. Sight-reading: 4-part hymn
    • Tenors read in bass clef
    • Major key, less than 3 flats or sharps.
    • The other parts will be played on the piano as you sight-read.

Mandatory Fall 2019 Dates

Date Event Time
10/04/19 Concert Choir Retreat 4:30 - 9 pm
11/01/19 HS Treble & Tenor/Bass Festival 2 pm - 3 pm
11/05/19 Fall Choral Concert I 8 pm
11/19/19 Invitational Choral Festival 9 am - 6 pm
11/23/19 "A Light in the Darkness" Concert 7 pm
 

University Tenor/Bass Choir

A large non-auditioned ensemble that performs a variety of styles, as well as mixed-voice repertoire with the University Tenor/Bass Choir. 

Vocal Assessment

Singers who would like to perform in this ensemble are given a simple vocal diagnostic, used to determine placement in choir. Vocal Diagnostics will be given during class on Wednesday, September 25, or by arrangement. The vocal diagnostic includes a simple range test and providing information about your choral/vocal background.

University Treble Choir

A large non-auditioned ensemble that performs a variety of styles, as well as mixed-voice repertoire with the University Treble Choir. 

Vocal Assessment

Singers who would like to perform in this ensemble are given a simple vocal diagnostic, used to determine placement in choir. Vocal Diagnostics will be given during class on Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 and 26, or by arrangement. The vocal diagnostic includes a simple range test and providing information about your choral/vocal background.

Mandatory Fall 2019 Dates

University Treble & Tenor/Bass Choir
Date Event Time
11/01/19 HS Treble & Tenor/Bass Festival 9 am - 3 pm
11/24/19 Fall Choral Concert II 3 pm