July 12 - 24, 2015 Chamber Choir begins July 12 Festival Chorus begins July 19
The Summer Choral Festival provides singers an opportunity to live, sing, study and perform in a professional-level, mixed choral ensemble. Participants enjoy a rigorous schedule that includes classes in choral and vocal pedagogy and performance practice as well as conducting master classes and round-table discussions with conducting faculty.
The program has two components:
Chamber Choir (July 12 - 24), is a two-week program composed of a 30-40 voice ensemble selected by audition. It includes master classes, lectures, and private lessons with all the conducting faculty. The first week concludes with the performance of an a cappella program in New York City.
In the second week the Chamber Choir serves as the core of the larger festival chorus, a 60-100 voice ensemble.
Choral Festival Chorus (July 19 - 24) is a one-week non-auditioned program that includes the study and performance of choral masterworks. The week concludes with a performance with orchestra, conducted by Joseph Flummerfelt and Joe Miller, in Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.
"What a great week this was: preparing and performing challenging repertoire among the best of the best: rehearsals, one-on-one conducting coaching, and more, among superb colleagues and Joe Miller’s wonderful leadership." -- Jerry Metz (WCC ’70)
Beethoven: Hallelujah from Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85
Brahms: Schicksalslied, Op. 54
J.S. Bach: Dona Nobis Pacem from The Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
Festival Chorus: No audition required, complete registration form.
Step One - Submit an Audition Application. Available here. Deadline April 15, 2015
Mail to: Office of Continuing Education, Westminster Choir College 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540
Step Two - Submit a recorded audition via YouTube.
First, you must have or create a Gmail or YouTube account.
Then, go to YouTube.com, click on the link upload at the top right of the page and follow the instructions. Make certain that the clip type is "unlisted," not "private" or "public."
The link to your YouTube clip should accompany your application form and be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The audition recording should include:
Your name and voice part announced at the beginning of the recording or YouTube clip
Prepared Solo: An aria from the Baroque period, which may be taken from opera, oratorio, or other choral works.
Range Test: The singer should begin in the middle of the range and vocalize scale to the top of his/her comfortable range. Then, begin at the middle of the range and vocalize downward to the lowest note.
Prepared Choral Excerpt: Schönberg’s Friede auf Erden: Sing a cappella from rehearsal number 2 (measure 21) to the cadence at the bottom of the page. The excerpt should be sung in German with the quarter note equaling approximately 60. The applicants may sing either note of the divisi. Download the excerpts here: Schönberg’s Friede auf Erden
Step Three - Acceptance Decisions
Upon acceptance into the Choral Festival, you must register and include a 50% tuition payment to reserve your place.
If you are not accepted in the the Chamber Choir, please consider singing in the Festival Chorus during the second week of the Festival.
If you have any problems or questions about the audition process, please contact David Conley, graduate assistant for the Summer Choral Festival at email@example.com.
Tuition for both programs Non-Credit: $795 With 2 Graduate Credits: $1385
Housing Housing is available on campus (see Registration Form) or at area hotels.
Westminster Office of Continuing Education 609-924-7416 firstname.lastname@example.org