Performing Ensembles

Open Participation

All Western 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.

General Information


Ensemble auditions are held on the days leading up to Fall term each year in September.


All students must register for an ensemble to participate. The only exception is Viking Band, which is not offered as a course. Students will not be able to register for an auditioned ensemble until after auditions results have been posted in September. Students may register for University Treble and Tenor/Bass choirs at any time through Web4U.


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

Instrument Rental

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.

We cannot guarantee instrument rentals for ensemble auditions. 


The music department 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. Weekday reservations for practice rooms are posted each week.

Students enrolled in an ensemble, music majors, and music minors have priority 8:00 am - 5:00 pm during weekdays.

Practice rooms are open to all Western students and the community after 5:00 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Practice rooms are located on Lower level 1 & 2 (LL1, LL2) in the Performing Arts Center.

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.