Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Vocal Ensemble Auditions

Concert Choir (MUS 431) meets Mon, Tues, Wed, & Thurs, 2:10-3:00pm
Opera Workshop (MUS 428) meets Mon & Wed, 3:10-5:00pm in fall and Mon & Wed, 3:10-6:00pm in spring
University Singers (MUS 432) meets Mon, Wed, & Fri, 1:10-2:00pm (non-auditioned)
Treble Choir (MUS 430) meets Tues & Thurs, 3:10-4:00pm (non-auditioned)

 

Fall 2022 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, Opera Workshop, and Voice Lesson Auditions

Auditions will take place on Thursday, August 18; Friday, August 19; Sunday, August 21; and Monday, August 22.
The same audition can determine your eligibility for voice lessons, Concert Choir, and Opera Workshop.

Audition Form: Please fill out the Google audition form in advance of your audition. This will provide the faculty with helpful information about your singing background. Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll be prompted to sign up for an audition time. Link to Form: https://forms.gle/wgummtHG6u4WT5mPA .

If you cannot find a time that works for you, please email Dr. Myers at matthew.myers1@wsu.edu with your availability for a different audition time.

Information about 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. A pianist will be provided (please bring music for the pianist) 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 sol-fa. 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.