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College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Vocal Ensemble Auditions

Concert Choir (MUS 431) meets M-TH 2:10-3:00pm

Opera Workshop (MUS 428) meets M, W 3:10-5:00pm in fall and M, W 3:10-6:00pm in spring

University Singers (MUS 432) meets M, W, F 1:10-2:00pm (non-auditioned)

Treble Choir (MUS 430) meets TR 3:10-4:25pm (non-auditioned)

 

Spring 2021 Ensemble Auditions:

Register now for the ensembles in which you’d like to participate! You are welcome to participate in multiple ensembles.

University Singers and Treble Choir are not auditioned, so interested singers can just sign up.

Concert Choir and Opera Workshop require an audition.

Concert Choir Auditions

Concert Choir auditions will take place by appointment during Closed Week: December 6-10. Email Dr. Luethi to set up your appointment.

Information about Concert Choir Auditions:

  1. Vocalization: Students will sing short “warm-up style” exercises. These will help us determine your vocal range.
  2. Prepared Piece: Students will sing a selection of their choice. An accompanist will be provided (please bring music for the accompanist) but you can also sing without accompaniment.
  3. Tonal Memory: Students will perform pitch memory exercises. We will play a short melody and ask for you to repeat this melody on “la.” This enables us to determine your short-term ability to retain a melody.
  4. Sight Singing: Students will sing a short selection at sight. This short sample will allow us to determine your ability to sight-read. Students can choose any syllable they wish, including solfege. Note, the committee does not use sight-singing ability as its sole measure of a talented musician.

Some tips and insights:

  1. We are excited to hear you and want you to do well. No matter your audition, we will assign you an ensemble!
  2. If you have an idea of the ensemble in which you’d like to sing, sign up for that ensemble on your schedule. This will save the time in case your audition is successful!
  3. Choose a selection to sing that best shows off your voice.
  4. Try to warm-up before the audition. This will allow you to perform your best. Don’t want to sing out loud in your dorm? Try some gentle humming in preparation for your audition.
  5. We do realize that sight-singing is scary. Do your best. We often see your skill even if there are errors.
Opera Workshop Auditions

Information about Opera Workshop auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance: 

  • Auditions will be held during closed week on Monday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 8 in Kimbrough 115.  Click here to sign up for an audition time. 
  • Performances will occur on Family Weekend, April 1 and 2. 
  • You do not need to be a music major to be involved but must register for 1 credit of MUS 428; rehearsals are on Monday and Wednesday from 3:10 – 6:00 p.m. 

Auditions will include: 

  1. Audition Form:  Arrive early to fill out an audition form. 
  1. Vocalization: Students will sing short “warm-up style” exercises. These will help us determine your vocal range. 
  1. Prepared Piece: Students will sing a selection of their choice. An accompanist will be provided (please bring music for the accompanist) but you can also sing without accompaniment. 
  1. Script Reading:  You will be asked to do a short reading from a script which will be provided at the audition. 

For any further information or if you can’t make any of the audition times, contact Dr. Julie Anne Wieck at 335-4331 or jwieck@wsu.edu.