Ensemble Auditions

Ensembles are open to all students at WWU, regardless of major. If you would like to join an ensemble, you need to audition prior to the start of fall quarter.

Large Ensembles

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.



All students must 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 Lee Anne Frahn for an override to complete ensemble registration.


Small Ensembles


Chamber Music Ensembles

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

Western Voices
Western Guitars
Percussion Ensemble
Contemporary String Quartet
Western Brass
Collegium musicum
Flute Ensemble
Woodwind, String and Brass 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.

Jazz Ensembles

Big Band and Chamber Jazz Ensembles


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.

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.