Ensembles & Ensemble Auditions

All WWU students are welcome to join our ensembles! Placement is determined regardless of major or year in school. Please explore our ensembles using the links below, and review the general information for ensembles and our frequently asked questions.

Fall 2021 Vaccination Policy

Updated August 26, 2021

In fall 2021, all students participating in face-to-face ensembles and applied lessons must be fully vaccinated. Please see our full statement on the Music COVID Information and Resources page.

Ensemble Auditions

Ensembles Auditions are held annually! Viking Band can be joined at any time. For all other ensembles, please review the information below to determine if an audition/hearing is required.

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 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.

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 contingent on updated COVID guidelines in fall 2021. Students should refer to Classfinder for winter and spring 2022 schedules.

  • Concert Choir: MTWRF, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Advanced Treble: MTWR, 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, 2:00-3:20 pm
  • Jazz Big Band I: MWF, 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Jazz Big Band II: MW, 5:00-5:50 pm
  • Jazz Combo I and IV: TBD
  • Jazz Combo III: MW, 5:00-5:50 pm

Ensemble Auditions

21-22 Academic Year

For placement in band, choir, and orchestras students may submit a video or sign up for a live audition/hearing through the Ensemble Audition and Hearing Form. For placement in jazz ensembles, students may submit a video audition through the Jazz Ensemble Audition Form. Live auditions are not offered for jazz ensembles. Please carefully review the deadlines and form details information in the Audition Forms and Deadlines section.

22-23 Academic Year

Incoming students applying for the 22-23 academic year will complete an audition/hearing in September 2022 before fall quarter begins. Ensemble audition information for the 22-23 academic year will be posted in June 2022.

Audition Forms and Deadlines

Band, Choir, Orchestra

Video submission deadline: September 19 at midnight
Live Auditions: September 20 and 21, sign-up will begin on September 8th

Submit videos and sign-up for live auditions through the Ensemble Audition and Hearing Form. Video submissions are accepted as links rather than direct uploads. Please provide all necessary permissions to view videos. Live audition scheduling will open on September 8 through the Ensemble Audition and Hearing Form.

Jazz Big Band and Combos

Video submission deadline: September 24 at midnight

Submit videos and sign-up for live auditions through the Jazz Ensemble Audition Form. Video submissions are accepted as links rather than direct uploads. Please provide all necessary permissions to view videos.

Choral Ensembles

Required Choral Hearing

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. 

Live auditions will be held Monday, September 20 and 21 from 8:00-5:00 pm. Students who choose a video audition must also schedule a live hearing in September for pitch hearing and sight-reading. 

  • 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. 

Submit video submissions and schedule live hearings through the Ensemble Auditions and Hearing form. Live hearings scheduling will open on September 8.

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

Submit a video submission or schedule a live audition through the Ensemble Audition and Hearing form. Videos are due by September 19th at midnight. Live audition scheduling will begin on September 8 through the Ensemble Audition and Hearing form.

Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds

Bands and Symphony Orchestra

To audition for bands and orchestra, students should prepare audition requirements assigned to their instrument. Non-majors/minors only interested in Symphonic Band should review the Symphonic Band section below. All music majors, minors, and those in applied lessons must complete an audition and prepare the requirements assigned to their instrument. 

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

Strings

Symphony Orchestra and String Sinfonia

To audition for Symphony Orchestra and/or String Sinfonia students should prepare the audition materials assigned to their instrument. Students who complete the orchestra audition materials will be automatically considered for both ensembles. Students new to the program are strongly encouraged to perform a live audition if possible.

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

Symphonic Band

Non-music majors/minors do NOT need to audition for Symphonic Band. Please add this ensemble course, MUS 272, through Web4U. Percussion non-music majors/minors interested in Symphonic Band only should submit the Percussion Survey to assist in part assignments.

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

Live Audition Schedule
Monday, September 20 Audition Time Room
Strings 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PAC Concert Hall
Saxophone 11:00 am – 12:20 pm PAC 24
Percussion 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PAC 24
Oboe 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PAC Concert Hall
Bassoon 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm PAC Concert Hall
Clarinet 7:30 pm PAC Concert Hall
Tuesday, September 21 Audition Time Room
Trumpet 8:00 am – 10:00 am PAC Concert Hall
Horn 10:00 am – 11:12 am PAC Concert Hall
Trombone 11:16 am – 12:30 pm PAC Concert Hall
Tuba/Euphonium 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm PAC Concert Hall
Flute 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm PAC Concert Hall

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz auditions are offering online auditions only. Videos are to be submitted via the Jazz Ensemble Audition form by September 24 at midnight. Students who also want to audition for band, choir, and orchestras must also submit the Ensemble Audition and Hearing form.

Big Bands and Combos

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.

Vocal Jazz

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).

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.