Ensembles & Ensemble Auditions

 

All WWU students are welcome and encouraged to join an ensemble. Placement is determined regardless of major or year in school.

Students have the opportunity to participate in concert and jazz bands, orchestras, choirs, and a variety of small ensembles, combos, and chamber groups. Select the ensemble links below for more details.

 

Available Ensembles

Concert Band

  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Symphony

Choir

  • University Choir
  • Advanced Treble Choir
  • Concert Choir

Orchestra

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • String Sinfonia

Jazz

  • Jazz Big Band I & II
  • Jazz Combos I-V
  • Vocal Jazz

Small Ensembles and Chamber Groups

  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Bassoon Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • NowHearThis!
  • Woodwind, brass, string chamber groups, and mixed ensembles

 

Ensemble Auditions

Ensembles Auditions are held annually in September! Requirements and sign-up details are updated each July for the upcoming academic year. Please review the information below to determine if an audition/hearing is required for your ensemble of interest. 

Missed Auditions?

Please contact the ensemble director to inquire if an audition in the winter or spring quarter is possible! Symphonic Band and University Choir is open all year to non-majors and minors without an Ensemble Audition!

General Ensemble Information

All students must register for an ensemble to participate. The only exception is Viking Band, which is not offered as a course.

Students may register for University Treble and Tenor/Bass choirs at any time through Web4U. Non-majors and minors may enroll in Symphonic Band at any time through Web4U without an audition.

Students will not be able to enroll in auditioned ensembles until after Ensemble Auditions have concluded. Each course is repeatable for credit and may be used towards graduation requirements such as upper-division (300 and 400-level courses), electives, and the 180 credits required to graduate from WWU.

If you currently do not own your instrument, we offer low-cost instrumental rentals through our instrumental library. For more information regarding instrumental rentals, please email the instrumental library (Instrument.Library@wwu.edu). The instrument library is not regularly active during summer intersession and may not respond until closer to the start of the fall term. We cannot guarantee instrument rentals for ensemble auditions.

The following information is subject to change. Students should refer to Classfinder for up to date scheduling information. Please note, "R" stands for Thursday.

  • Concert Choir: MTWRF, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Advanced Treble: MWRF, 1:00-1:50 pm
  • Symphonic Band: T/R, 4:00-5:50 pm
  • Wind Symphony: T/R, 2:00-3:20 pm
  • Symphony Orchestra: MWF, 12:00-1:20 pm
  • String Sinfonia: MWF, 1:30-2:50 pm
  • Jazz Big Band I: MWF, 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Jazz Big Band II: MW, 5:00-5:50 pm
  • Jazz Combos: TBA

Ensemble Auditions

22-23 Academic Year

Audition requirements for the 22-23 Ensemble Auditions will be posted by the second week of July 2022. 

The Ensemble Audition form will open on September 1, 2022. Students can reserve a live audition at that time.

In the meantime, students can get an idea of what might be required by browsing the 21-22 academic year requirements below.

Non-music majors and minors may enroll in Symphonic Band and University Choir during any quarter without an audition!

23-24 Academic Year

New students during the 23-24 academic year will participate in Ensemble Auditions in September 2023 before the start of the academic year. All audition details will be posted on this website in July 2023.

Choral Ensembles

 

Please contact Professor Tim Fitzpatrick and Dr. Angela Kasper about joining choral ensembles. 

Audition Modality and Location

All choral hearings will be held in person in room 16 on Lower Level 2 (LL2) of the Performing Arts Center.

View the Performing Arts Center Map to locate the audition room.

Required Choral Hearing

Below are the 21-22 academic year requirements. Please check this page again at the beginning of July 2022 for updated 22-23 academic year requirements. 

21-22 Requirements

A hearing is required to be placed into Concert Choir, Advanced Treble Chorale, or voice lessons. Music majors, music scholarship recipients, and those enrolled in private "applied" lessons must complete a hearing to be placed into a voice studio and an ensemble. 

  • Sing a song of your choice, accompanied or acapella. A pianist will be provided for live hearings.
  • Given a series of pitches, sing back what you hear.
  • Sightread a simple melody. 

University Choir

A hearing is not required to participate in University Choir unless you are taking private voice lessons. If you are taking private lessons, please see the hearing requirements under the required choral hearing section. 

All interested students may enroll in MUS 271 during registration.

Bands and Orchestras

 

Below are the 21-22 academic year requirements.

Please check this page again at the beginning of July 2022 for updated 22-23 academic year requirements. Please contact visiting band director Professor Jacob Scherr about joining WWU Bands. Please contact Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel and Dr. James Ray about joining Symphony Orchestra and/or String Sinfonia. 

Audition Modality and Location

All auditions will be held in-person. Audition rooms at TBD.

Video submissions are only permitted for students who will not have time to rent an instrument before their ensemble audition. Videos must be submitted as links in the Ensemble Auditions form.

Symphonic Band

Non-music majors/minors interested in Symphonic Band do NOT need to audition and can register through Web4U. This only applies to non-music major/minor students who are not in applied lessons.

Percussion non-music majors/minors interested in Symphonic Band only should submit the Percussion Survey to assist in part assignments.

Music Majors, Minors, Lessons

All music majors, minors, and those in applied lessons must complete a band or orchestra audition.

Bands and Symphony Orchestra

Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds

To audition for band and orchestra, students should prepare audition requirements assigned to their instrument through the link below.

Who has to audition?

All music majors, minors, and those in applied lessons must complete an audition and prepare the requirements assigned to their instrument.

Download Audition Requirements

Review winds, brass, and percussion audition requirements in this shared folder, and download the "How to prepare excerpts" pdf.
 

Symphony Orchestra and String Sinfonia

Strings

To audition for Symphony Orchestra and/or String Sinfonia students should prepare the audition materials assigned to their instrument through the link below. Students who complete the orchestra audition materials will be automatically considered for both ensembles. 

Who needs to audition?

All students interested in being a part of the Symphony Orchestra or String Sinfonia must audition. This includes music majors, minors, and scholarship recipients.

Download Audition Requirements

Review string audition requirements in this shared folder, and download the "How to prepare excerpts" pdf.

Jazz Ensembles

 

Please contact Kevin Woods with any questions or concerns. 

Audition Modality and Location

All auditions will be held in-person. Audition rooms at TBD.

Vocal Jazz

Below are the 21-22 academic year requirements. Please check this page again at the beginning of July 2022 for updated 22-23 academic year requirements. 

 

21-22 Academic Year

The WWU Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned group of 12-16 singers that perform a cappella and accompanied works in jazz and popular styles.

Singers must submit a video two contrasting pieces in jazz or pop style (ballad, swing, be-bop, etc).

Big Bands and Combos

Below are the 21-22 academic year requirements. Please check this page again at the beginning of July 2022 for updated 22-23 academic year requirements. 

 

21-22 Academic Year

All students must submit videos of materials assigned to their instrument. 

Access this shared folder to review jazz audition requirements. See the “Jazz Ensemble Audition Requirements” pdf for further details. 

Please contact Kevin Woods at Kevin.Woods@wwu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students will not be able to enroll in auditioned ensembles until after placement results have been emailed to students on September 21. Each course is repeatable for credit and may be used towards graduation requirements such as upper-division (300 and 400-level courses), electives, and the 180 credits required to graduate from WWU.

Students may register for University Treble and Tenor/Bass choirs at any time through Web4U. Non-majors and minors may enroll in Symphonic Band at any time through Web4U without an audition.

Yes! Practice rooms are located on LL1 and LL2 of the Performing Arts Center and are first-come, first-serve. Priority is given to students enrolled in ensembles and lessons and majors and minors between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. At this time reservations are not needed.

Ensembles rehearse in the Performing Arts Center, in the Concert Hall, the choir room (PAC 16), our band room (PAC 24), and in smaller classrooms if needed for chamber, jazz combos, and sectionals.

Yes! Students are welcome to join University Choir and Symphonic Band any quarter throughout the year. Those that prefer to join jazz ensembles, Concert Choir, Advanced Treble, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, or String Sinfonia should reach out the directors for information about joining mid-year.

  • Jazz: Kevin Woods
  • Band: Christopher Bianco
  • Choirs: Tim Fitzpatrick and Angie Kasper
  • Orchestras: Ryan Dudenbostel

Yes! Private lessons are open to all students at WWU who have previous experience on their instrument or voice. Placement in studios is on a space-available basis after all majors have been scheduled. Some studios may require an official audition to be considered. Please contact the instructor or area coordinator if you are interested in taking lessons. Note that there is an applied lesson fee for these courses. It may also be possible to take lessons on a more informal basis (not for-credit) from a music student. Please contact the applied instructor for student recommendations.

Yes! We offer low-cost instrumental rentals through our instrumental library. For more information regarding instrumental rentals, please email the instrumental library (Instrument.Library@wwu.edu). The instrument library is not regularly active during summer intersession and may not respond until closer to the start of the fall term. We cannot guarantee instrument rentals for ensemble auditions.

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.