School of Music

Voice

Choral Ensemble Auditions

Held in Kimbrough 115


Choral auditions are held on the Thursday, Friday, and Sunday prior to the first day of classes in August. To schedule an audition, sign up for a 10-minute audition time on the bulletin board in the lobby of Kimbrough Hall beginning the Monday of that audition week.

For those students who intend to enroll in voice lesson,
please see Voice Auditions »

To Audition:

  • Please prepare 1 short song of your choice to sing. (America, the Beautiful or Star Spangled Banner is acceptable)
  • Bring a copy of your music for the provided accompanist.
  • Sign up for an audition time when you arrive on campus before classes begin.
  • Show up a few minutes early to warm-up your voice and fill out the audition form.


The audition will include:

  • Your song selection
  • Vocal exercises to hear your vocal range
  • Short sight-reading example
  • Short melodic and rhythmic examples to sing back


All of the conductors/directors of the choral ensembles will be present at the auditions, so you only have to sing one general audition.

On the audition form, you will have the opportunity to prioritize and rank the ensembles in which you are interested: Concert Choir, Madrigal Chamber Singers, University Singers, Opera Workshop, and VoJazz. Some of these ensembles may have call-back auditions, which means that if you are on the list that is posted on that Sunday evening, you should attend the first day of rehearsal for that ensemble, and there you will receive further instructions.

You do not need to be a music major to participate in any of the music ensembles at WSU.

For further information, contact:
Dr. Lori Wiest, Kimbrough Hall 466
(509) 335-5647

In order to audition for an ensemble, your schedule must be able to accommodate these corresponding times:

Concert Choir (MUS 431) M,T,W,Th: 2:10-3:00
University Singers (MUS 432) M,W,F: 1:10-2:00
Madrigal Chamber Singers (MUS 433) T,Th: 12:00-1:15
VoJazz T,Th: 3:10-5:00
Opera Workshop (fall) M,W: 3:10-5:00
Opera Workshop (spring) M,W: 3:10-6:00


Choral Ensembles at WSU

WSU Concert Choir our premiere auditioned choral ensemble. This is a mixed choir of about 40-48 singers who meet 4 times each week (M-T-W-Th at 2:10-3:00 pm) and perform approximately 3-5 times each semester. Lori Wiest, conductor.

University Singers a non-auditioned ensemble, although many singers choose to complete the choral auditions. This is a mixed choir of about 60+ singers who meet 3 times each week (MWF at 1:10-2:00 pm) and perform approximately 3 times each semester. Dean Luethi, conductor.

Madrigal Chamber Singers a select ensemble of 20 singers who perform in Renaissance costume and, traditionally perform music of the Renaissance and also other chamber music through musical history. The Madrigal Chamber Singers perform on campus approximately 5 times each semester, and tour through the state of Washington as well as other opportunities including performances in Italy, Russia, Arizona, and California. They produce the Annual Madrigal Dinner, where the singers sing, act, and dance in Elizabethan character, here on campus in December to sold out audiences. Lori Wiest, conductor.

VoJazz a select ensemble of 8-16 singers and a rhythm section who perform jazz and meets twice each week (T, Th 3:10–5pm). The members of this ensemble learn about live sound production, solo singing, theory and improvisation. The group participates regularly in jazz festivals and maintains an active performance schedule both on and off campus. Dean Luethi, director.

Opera Workshop an auditioned organization. Fall semesters have typically been opera or musical theatre scenes in a workshop manner, allowing students varied performance opportunities and classroom knowledge regarding staging, makeup, costumes, set design, etc. Spring semesters alternate between musical theatre and opera productions. Recent productions include the opera Marriage of Figaro of Mozart and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Julie Wieck, director.

 

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