Audition Information

Important information for all choral activities is posted on the choral board on the first floor of Dalton Center, in the wing with the practice rooms. Students should read all posted notices.  Audition sign-ups are live and ready to use at: wmuchoirs.youcanbook.me

Audition Process | Call Backs | Placement | WMU Credit

General information

All Western Michigan University students, regardless of major or class year, are welcome to audition for a choral ensemble! When audition week arrives, a link will be posted below for you to sign up for auditions online. Please sign up for the earliest available time to ensure that there are enough spaces for all singers. Information about the ensembles, rehearsal times and the yearly concert schedule will be available on the choral board in Dalton Center and on this website. Please familiarize yourself with the schedule, particularly concert dates and times, to avoid scheduling conflicts. Fall auditions are generally held in room 1116 (rehearsal room A—choral) or the recital hall of the Dalton Center. In the spring semester, they are held in room 1720, the office of Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams).

All of our choral ensembles — except for Campus Choir — require an audition.  Auditions for University Chorale and Cantus Femina occur at the beginning of every academic year. Collegiate Singers, Collegium and Grand Chorus auditions occur before every fall and spring semester.  Campus Choir admits students every semester with no audition required. Students schedule auditions as early as possible to ensure that the audition slots don't go to waste and that everyone does get an audition time.

  • Fall semester auditions are held for one week before classes start.
  • Spring semester auditions are held in December and early January.

Audition process

Fall 2017 audition information

Fall 2017 choral auditions for Collegiate Singers, Grand Chorus and Collegium will be held one week before the start of fall semester (August 31-September 5). Music majors must audition by September 4. Fall semester auditions are held in Dalton Center, Room 1116, also known as Choral Rehearsal Room A. Some auditions may be held in Dalton Recital Hall. Check the choral board (and on your audition day, look for signs) to find out your specific location. Spring auditions are held in Dr. Adams' office, Dalton 1720.

Sign up for choral auditions one week before auditions are held. Each audition time slot is eight minutes. Sign up for an audition time here: wmuchoirs.youcanbook.me

Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your audition in order to pick up and fill out an audition form. The audition, though short, consists of up to four components. All students, regardless of the ensemble for which they are auditioning, must complete the solo song, sight reading and pitch memory segments; some students may be asked to sing through vocalizes.

  • Solo SongPlease prepare a short song to sing. The piece should be range-appropriate and demonstrate the overall quality of your singing. Voice majors must prepare a piece from their repertoire. An accompanist will be provided, if needed. Instrumentalists or non-majors may sing a folk song or patriotic song (such as "My Country ‘Tis of Thee”) as their representative piece. You can expect to sing for about 3 minutes--no minimum or maximum number of measures is required. Pick the 3 minutes that best shows off your skills as a singer. 
  • Sight ReadingEach student will be given short musical examples to read unaccompanied. A starting pitch will be given and you will have a short period to look over the example. Do your best, but don’t stress out. It is important that we get to know you as much as possible so that we place you in the choral ensemble where you will grow the most—and have the most fun. 
  • Pitch MemoryEach student will also be asked to sing some short tonal memory exercises ("ear tests"). The accompanist will play a series of four to six pitches and ask you to repeat them on your own.
  • Range Exercises/VocalisesSome students may be asked to sing through a few simple vocalizes (“warm-up” sequences) so that the directors can get a more thorough understanding of their ranges and tone qualities. There is no minimum or maximum number  of measures required.

Audition results

Fall semester audition results are announced within a week of audition day. If you audition during spring semester, you will  know the results of your audition that same day.

Accompanist

An accompanist will be provided for most of the fall auditions. Please bring music arranged in order, in a binder or nicely arranged (not loose pages) so your accompanist can read it easily.

Callbacks

Students interested in auditioning for University Chorale and Cantus Femina will also be required to learn a short choral excerpt in advance of the callbacks. This music can be obtained from the Choral Studies bulletin board once the callback list is posted (24 hours in advance of callbacks). Callbacks are only held in the fall, and are only held for University Chorale and Cantus Femina. Callbacks in Fall 2017 will be in the evening of September 5.

Placement into ensembles

It is important for you and for the ensemble that you are placed in a choir that best matches your musical ability and vocal training. Above all, we place importance on putting you in an ensemble where you will thrive and grow. It is vital that each of you get the best educational and musical experience possible. Placing you in a choir other than the one you auditioned for is done in consultation with you, and the directors, of course. 

Another consideration for placement is your schedule and availability. Missing a concert is like skipping a final exam! Choir is unlike any other kind of class—when you skip rehearsal or concerts, everyone suffers.

WMU credit for participation in choral ensembles

Register for your choral ensemble as a class. If you are in Chorale (MUS1120), Collegiate Singers (MUS1080) or Cantus Femina (MUS1070), you must sign up for credit.

If you are a student outside the School of Music, you may take Campus Choir (MUS1070) or Collegium Singers without signing up for credit—though if you want to register, we always encourage it.

You should plan to register for the course before your audition. All pre-audition correspondence goes out through the email list associated with each class. To get all of the necessary information, you should be registered for the choir.  If you are accepted into a different choir than the one you registered for initially, then you will switch your registration. You can read about the choirs and see their rehearsal times under the "Ensembles" portion of this page.

Questions

For additional information, contact Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, assistant professor of music. (269) 387-4715 | Email Dr. Adams