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Summer Choral Festival

July 15 - 23, 2016

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 Summer Choral Festival, is an extended one-week program composed of a 60-70 voice ensemble selected by audition. It includes master classes, lectures, and private lessons with all the conducting faculty.   The festival concludes with two performances of six of J.S. Bach’s motets, BWV 225-230, once in New York City and again 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)

“This is an experience and a privilege unlike any other. The opportunity to share music and my life with these people is worth more than anything. More than career growth, this has allowed me to grow as a human. Thank you, I will definitely return again.”
—Justin U. 2014 participant

“This is one of the most professionally and musically inspiring and challenging weeks I’ve ever experienced. The instructors are incredibly gifted and generous with their time. The atmosphere is challenging and friendly. Invaluable program.”
— Anonymous, 2014

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  • Joe Miller, Artistic Director/Conductor
  • Dirk Garner, Associate Conductor, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
  • Ryan Brandau, Conducting Fellow, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Pro Musica
  • Amanda Quist, Conducting Fellow, Westminster Choir College
  • John Russell, Conducting Fellow, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Deanna Joseph, Conducting Fellow, Georgia State University
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  • J.S. Bach Motets BWV 225-260

Audition Information

Step One - Submit an Audition Application. Deadline April 1st, 2016

Mail to:
Office of Continuing Education, Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540

Step Two - Submit a recorded audition via YouTube.

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 have any problems or questions about the audition process, please contact Grant Farmer, graduate assistant for the Summer Choral Festival at [email protected].

Tuition for both programs
Non-Credit: $795
With 2 Graduate Credits: $1,385

Housing is available on campus (see Registration Form) or at area hotels.

Westminster Office of Continuing Education
[email protected]

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