Summer Choral Festival

The Summer Choral Festival provides an opportunity to live, sing, study and perform in a professional-level, mixed choral ensemble. Singers 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.

July 12 - 25, 2015 
Chamber Choir begins July 12
 Festival Chorus begins July 19 

Faculty

  • Joe Miller, Artistic Director/Conductor
  • Mitos Andaya, Conducting Fellow, Temple University
  • Dirk Garner, Associate Conductor, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music 
  • Amanda Quist, Conducting Fellow, Westminster Choir College
  • John Russell, Conducting Fellow, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Ryan Brandau, Conducting Fellow, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Pro Musica
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Audition Information

Festival Choir: 

No audition required, complete registration form.

Chamber Choir: 

Step One - Submit an Audition Application.  Available here.

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 conleyd@rider.edu.

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 Choir 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 conleyd@rider.edu.  

Tuition
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
woce@rider.edu

 

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