Ensemble Audition Requirements

Ensemble Auditions


We welcome all WWU students to audition for our music ensembles!

Ensemble auditions are tentatively scheduled for September 23rd- 25th. Classes commence on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018. 

We will post exact times and requirements in mid-June 2018.

Please contact Lee Anne Frahn with any questions.



  • Concert Choir
  • Advanced Treble Chorale
  • University Treble Choir- non- auditioned
  • University Tenor/Bass Choir- non-auditioned
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Symphony
  • Viking Band- non auditioned*
Jazz Bands
  • Jazz Big Band
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Combos
*Please see the information below regarding Viking Band!
All students are required to register for each ensemble they are participating in, with the exception of Viking Band.
Please use class-finder to locate the appropriate two-credit course and email LeeAnne.Frahn@wwu.edu for an override to complete registration.
Instrument Rental
If you currently do not own your own instrument, we offer low cost instrument rentals ($40-$45 per quarter) through our instrumental library.
You can also check out a music locker to store your instrument so you don't have to lug it around all day!
Contact the main music office (PA 273) for more information.
Practice Rooms
The Performing Arts Center has practice rooms available for all western students, open seven days a week on LL1 and LL2.
Non- majors or minors are permitted to use these rooms after 5:00pm during weekdays.
Chamber Ensembles
We also offer a variety of chamber ensembles.
If you are a non major or minor please contact LeeAnne.Frahn@wwu.edu with your interest in joining a chamber ensemble!
  • Western Voices
  • Western Guitars
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • NowHearThis!
  • Contemporary String Quartet
  • Western Brass
  • Collegium Musicum
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Woodwind, String and Brass Ensembles


Ensembles Weekly Class/Rehearsal Schedule

University Treble Choir MUS 271 2 MTW 2pm - 2:50pm
University Tenor/Bass Choir

MUS 271

2 WRF 2pm - 2:50pm
Advanced Treble Chorale

MUS 271

2 MTWR 1pm - 1:50pm
Concert Choir

MUS 471

2 MTWRF 12pm - 12:50pm
Symphonic Band

MUS 272

2 MW 3pm - 4:50pm
Wind Symphony

MUS 472

2 TR 2pm - 3:50pm
Symphony Orchestra

MUS 473

2 MWF 12pm - 1:20pm
Jazz Band

MUS 274





Jazz Combos

MUS 275



Choral Auditions

All vocal majors and minors must complete an ensemble audition, even those enrolled in University Choir.
This will be your audition for placement with the appropriate vocal instructor.

Concert Choir &

Advanced Women's Chorale

Sunday 9/23 (returning students only)

Monday 9/24 (returning or new students)

Tuesday 9/25(new students only)

9am - 9pm

9am - 9pm

9am - 5pm

PAC 16

PAC 16

PAC 16

University Choir

No audition required

Contact LeeAnne Frahn for an override code


Audition Requirements and Information

Please contact Dr. Leslie Guelker-Cone, Director of Choral Studies, with any questions.



Orchestra Auditions

Strings only- see below for Winds, Brass and Percussion
Monday, September 24th 9:00am-5:30pm Concert Hall

Audition Requirements and Information

Please contact Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel, Director of Orchestra Studies, with any questions.




Orchestra and Wind Symphony consideration

Winds, Brass, Percussion

Students wishing to be considered for Orchestra and Wind symphony will participate in live auditions on the following days and times.

Monday, September 24th
Euphonium/Tuba 10:00-10:45am PAC 24
Saxophone 10:45-12:30pm PAC 24
Percussion 1:00-3:30pm PAC 24
Oboe 6:30-7:15pm PAC 24
Bassoon 7:15-8:30pm PAC 24
Clarinet 8:30-9:30pm PAC 24
Tuesday, September 25th
Trumpet 9:00-10:30am PAC 24
Horn 10:30-11:30am PAC 24
Trombone 11:30-12:30pm PAC 24
Flute 1:00-3:30pm PAC 24


Please fill out the online audition form and sign up for an audition time. If you are unable to audition on the scheduled day,  or having questions regarding required materials, please contact your area coordinator.

Professor Lisa McCarthy, woodwind area coordinator

Dr. Gustavo Camacho, brass area coordinator

Dr. Patrick Roulet, percussion area coordinator




Symphonic Band Consideration

Students wishing to be considered for only Symphonic Band can either participate in the live auditions or send in a recording. You may use the same form to submit a recorded audition; you can upload your recording using the form or by using a third-party service (YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.).

Required repertoire is your choice.  Please include a short demonstration of technical playing and a short demonstration of lyrical playing. The deadline for your recorded demonstration is the add/drop date of the quarter.

If you have any questions regarding requirements, please reach out to Professor Zachary Smith.



Jazz Ensembles Auditions


Sign up sheets will be posted outside PA 31 one week prior to auditions

Audition Requirements and Information

Date Time Room
Monday, September 24th 9:00am-5:00pm PAC 31
Tuesday, September 25th 9:00am-5:00pm PAC 31
Wednesday, September 26th 9:00am-5:00pm PAC 31

Please e-mail Kevin.Woods@wwu.edu if you need lead sheets for any of the tunes on the audition list, or have any questions.



Percussion Ensemble

No formal audition is required, but previous experience with percussion music is required.

To participate, please reach out to our percussion coordinator, Dr. Patrick Roulet,  to schedule a meeting, and for more information!



Viking Band

There is no audition required to join the Viking Band! Simply click on the link below and fill out the online registration form.

Registration form and information.

For more information, contact Zach Smith.