College of Fine & Performing Arts


Open Participation

All WWU students are welcome and encouraged to join an ensemble.
While most large ensembles require an audition, we offer one instrumental and two choral groups that can be joined without prior placement. In addition, applied lessons are available on a space-available basis to non-majors who participate concurrently in a large ensemble. See below for more information regarding registration, auditions, and a list of ensembles.

WWU Ensembles

Large Ensembles

Ensemble Name
Choir, SA
Choir, SATB
Choir, SA
No Audition
Choir, TB
No Audition
Winds, Brass, Perc.
Winds, Brass, Perc.
Strings only
Strs, WW, Brass, Perc.
Winds, Brass, Perc.
No Audition


Ensemble Name Instruments Audition
Vocal Jazz Voice, Piano, Rhythm Auditioned
Jazz Big Bands I & II Brass, Winds, Rhythm, Voice Auditioned
Jazz Combos I-V Brass, Winds, Rhythm, Voice Auditioned


Small Ensembles and Chamber Music

These small ensembles range from string quartets to wind/brass quintets to flute and brass choirs perform in quarterly concerts and receive weekly coaching from the applied faculty.

  • String Scholarship Quartet
  • Composers' Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Western Brass Quintet
  • Western Wind Quintet
  • Western Guitars
  • Western Voices
  • Woodwind, String and Brass Chamber Ensembles
Percussion Ensemble
Comprised of all students in the percussion area, this ensemble has performed at percussion festivals throughout the Northwest, commissioned new works for percussion, and collaborated with the Western Dance Program in creating new works for dance and percussion. Please contact Dr. Patrick Roulet for more information and questions regarding joining this ensemble.
Western's contemporary music collective presents concerts of challenging and eclectic music in a casual, accessible setting. NowHearThis! seeks to bring new audiences to the great and adventurous repertoire of our time. Please contact Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel for more information and questions regarding joining this ensemble. 
Collegium Musicum
These mixed instrumental and vocal ensembles perform chamber music of the Baroque and pre-Baroque periods with an emphasis on historically informed performance practice. Please contact Dr. Bertil Van Boer for more information and questions regarding joining this ensemble.

General Information/Auditions


Ensemble auditions are held on the days leading up to Fall term each year in September. Please visit our Ensemble Auditions page for more information. 


All students must register for an ensemble to participate, with the exception of Viking Ped Band. Students will not be able to register for an auditioned ensemble until after auditions results have been posted in September. 


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

Instrument Rental/Lockers

If you currently do not own your instrument, we offer low-cost instrumental rentals ($50-45 per quarter) through our instrumental library. For more information regarding instrumental rentals please email the instrumental library. The music department also checks out lockers on a space-available basis to students participating in ensembles. Contact the main music office (PAC 27) for more information at 360-650-3310.

Practice Rooms

The performing arts center has practice rooms available for all Western students, open seven days a week on LL1 and LL2. Weekday reservations for practice rooms will be posted each week. Weekends and weekdays after 5:00 pm will open to all WWU students and the community.