Ensemble Audition Requirements
The following content is applicable for ensemble auditions only. Audition information for specific instruments can be found under the appropriate Area Information links.
Concert Choir, Madrigal Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop
Auditions for Fall 2019 will be held August 15, 16, 18 and 19.
You do not need to be a music major to audition!
To audition, select a 10-minute slot from the schedule posted on the bulletin board in the lobby of Kimbrough Hall. The audition will include a song of your choice (we suggest a simple tune, hymn, art song, or Star Spangled Banner), vocalizing to hear your range, sight reading example, and pitch memory exercises.
The directors of the ensembles will all be present so you will only need to do one basic audition for each of the ensembles.
Arrive early to your 10-minute audition to fill out the audition form. Please prioritize which ensembles you wish to audition for and which fit into your schedule.
The Audition will include:
- Your song selection
- Exercises to hear your vocal range
- Short sight-reading example
- Short melodic and rhythmic examples to sing back
Please prepare a song to sing. This can be a folk song, art song, music theatre selection or hymn. We will provide an accompanist if you bring a copy of the music. Some ensembles do require an additional call-back audition based on the needs of the group and the style of music.
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lori Wiest.
All Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra auditions occur the Sunday before classes begin each semester. Additional auditions can occur on Monday (Day 1) of the semester. For audition material and sign up times, contact Dr. Danh Pham at Danh.Pham@wsu.edu.
Symphonic Band does not require an audition. Students interested in participating in a band, but not yet wishing to audition should attend the first rehearsal for Symphonic Band, which will occur on Monday, the first day of classes, in Kimbrough B48. Registration information will be provided at the first rehearsal.
Jazz ensemble auditions (big bands and combo and rhythm sections) for 2018-19 will be on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, for all instruments except drums. Drum auditions will be Monday, August 20.
There will be sign up sheets near Brian Ward’s office, 258 Kimbrough (second floor).
For audition guidelines, Click Here »
Contact Brian Ward if you have any questions.