Audition Information

A student who wishes to enroll as a music major or minor at Westminster College, in any of the available degree plans, must fulfill the general admission requirements of the college and must successfully perform an audition for the Department of Music Faculty. Students who are considering music at Westminster should plan a visit to the campus to view first hand the excellent facilities and to meet some of the faculty and students.

Initial visits to campus should be scheduled through the college Office of Admissions (724-946-7100). The college has set aside a series of Saturdays throughout the fall and spring as Campus Visitation Days where prospective students and parents may meet with administrators, faculty, and students, to discuss interests, financial aid, majors, minors, and extra-curricular activities.

Subsequent visits can be scheduled directly through the Department of Music (724-946-7270). Usually the student attending a Campus Visitation Day will be too busy on that day to also perform an audition for the music faculty. The Department of Music has set aside a series of dates throughout the fall and spring as Music Scholarship & Admission Audition Days.

Admission Auditions

Music Scholarship & Admission Auditions for the 2013-2014 academic year will be held at Westminster on the following days:

October 17, 2014
November 14, 2014
November 21, 2014
February 13, 2015
February 27, 2015
March 6, 2015
March 20, 2015
April 10, 2015
April 24, 2015


Times for Auditions:
Voice 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Instrumental 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Requirements:

Instrumental:
Be prepared to perform solo literature that best demonstrates your technical ability and your musicality (tone, lyricism etc).  This may be accomplished in one work (concerto or sonata) or in multiple pieces.  Consult your private teacher for input.

We do not use a set piece(s) as these may be limiting to the performer based upon their background and abilities.
Additional components of the audition include:  a short sight-singing line, pitch matching (ear training), rhythm sight-reading (pat or clap).
The final component is a theory diagnostic exam that allows us to see what experience you have had in this area.
We will also talk with you about your future plans, what our curriculum offers and we will answer all questions that you (and your parents) may have.

Students interested in the BM in music performance must exhibit exemplary skills to be accepted into the music program.  Acceptance into the performance program follows the jury at the end of the students first semester of study at Westminster.

Vocal:
Music Education Majors, must prepare two selections (one in English and one in a foreign language) that show off a student's abilities as a singer (range, flexibility, character, etc.). All selections must be memorized and should be performed in a manner that demonstrates a student's ability to interpret as well as to sing in a technically proficient manner.

Singers will be evaluated on their technical preparation, intonation, musicality, language skills and interpretation.

For Music Performance Majors, please prepare three selections (one in English and two in a foreign language) that show off a student's abilities as a singer (range, flexibility, character, etc.). All selections must be memorized and should be performed in a manner that demonstrates a student's ability to interpret as well as to sing in a technically proficient manner.
Singers will be evaluated on their technical preparation, intonation, musicality, language skills and interpretation.

 

2014-2015 Westminster College Audition Lists:


Choir Auditions - Monday, August 25-Thursday, August 28.

  Westminster Sings!  Come be a part of an exciting legacy of excellence in choral music.  Regardless of experience, Westminster has a choir for you. 
  Join a welcoming community and challenge yourself musically.

  Choirs tour on the regional, national and international levels, and routinely perform with full orchestra.

  Positions currently open in the flagship touring ensembles, the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.

Contact Dr. Samuel Barbara at barbarsw@westminster.edu or call (724-946-7278) ..... to arrange a (non-threatening!) placement hearing.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Jazz Ensemble Auditions - 2014

  • The Westminster College Jazz Ensemble will hold auditions on Tuesday evening, August 26th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in our Rehearsal Room.  
    All are invited and encouraged to audition.   

  • For more details contact

             Mr. Kevin McManus, by email.

     **All soundfiles are posted on the Westminster College Jazz Ensemble Facebook Page.  

 

Saxes - The Four Brothers & Early Autumn
Eb instruments play Alto Parts
Bb instruments play Tenor Parts

Trumpets - Splitkick & Fanfare for the Common Man
Lead trumpets play 1st parts
Section trumpets play 3rd parts

Trombones - Fanfare for the Common Man & "F Blues"
Tenor Trombones play 1st trombone parts and F Blues
Bass Trombones play 4th parts and F Blues

Rhythm Section - The Four Brothers & Fanfare for the Common Man
Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drum parts provided
Four Brothers - start at rehearsal letter M


 

Orchestra Ensemble Auditions - August 24, 2014


Auditions will take place immediately prior to the start of classes in the Fall, on Sunday, August 24.
As in the past, all orchestra members must audition. Most of the audition excerpts are taken from various pieces that will be performed during the upcoming
academic concert season. For the audition, please prepare all excerpts that are encased in the black brackets.

Westminster's orchestra performs three concerts a year from standard orchestral repertoire. This year, we
are also including a special Holiday Pops concert. The ensemble meets every Tuesday and Thursday
from 5:20-6:50 and it has the option of being taken for VP credit.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 24. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Crawford Perttu to
make an appointment for some time during that afternoon to come play for me. (It will only take about 10
minutes.) The audition will take place in office 61B in the music department (Patterson Hall - below Orr
Auditorium). Finally, please schedule your audition time with Dr. Crawford Perttu well before the
audition day in order to receive your preferred audition time. (Freshmen: Please schedule your audition
around your Fresh Start commitments.)

Please email Dr. Crawford Perttu (perttumh@westminster.edu) with any questions.

Minors:
Music Minors, on all instruments, must audition in order to be available for any scholarship money. 
A student planning to audition for scholarship or admission should schedule such an audition with Peggy Flynn, the Music Department Secretary, at (724)946-7270 or by e-mail.