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The following information is for programs requiring an audition as part of the application process.

What you'll find in this section:

Once you've reviewed the requirements below, submit your applicationWhen we have received your application you will receive email instruction on how to select an audition date. We do not require a pre-screening recording for any of our programs.  All applicants are invited to audition. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. While we will do our best to accommodate all requests, we cannot guarantee your first choice.
 
The application deadline for Musical Theatre is January 1.  The early action option will not be offered to applicants to programs which required an audition and/or interview due to the timing of the audition and interview process. Musical Theatre audition registration deadline is January 10. 

General Information

Auditions are required for admission to all Westminster Choir College and some School of Fine and Performing Arts undergraduate programs; you can see a list of these programs and requirements below. Auditions are by appointment only. In order to request an audition date you must submit your completed application at least 4 weeks prior to the selected audition date.

Students applying through Early Action for majors requiring an audition should plan to audition in December. Early Action is not available to Musical Theatre applicants.

All auditions are evaluated by faculty members from the relevant departments. An accompanist will be provided for vocal auditions.

Applicants are encouraged to audition in person. Recorded auditions are accepted for applicants living more than 250 miles from Princeton or having extenuating circumstances.

Please note:
Neither the Westminster College of the Arts Office of Admission nor the individual departments will provide any feedback about the audition to any inquirers, including applicants, parents or teachers.

Westminster Choir College Program Requirements

Organ Performance

All of the following are required.  Performance from memory is encouraged, but not required.

  • One work by J.S. Bach or another Baroque composer.

  • Two contrasting (one lyrical and one virtuosic) selections by romantic or contemporary composers.

  • Accurate and fluent sight-reading of a four-part hymn.

  • Applicants with a strong piano background who wish to apply for study in organ may elect to play their audition on the piano for members of the organ faculty. The audition will include all of the following, of which one must be from memory:

    1. An invention or prelude & fugue by J.S. Bach.

    2. A first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Beethoven op. 49; op. 79; and op. 27, no. 2)

    3. A 19th, 20th, or 21st-century composition.
Piano All of the following must be from memory:
  1. A prelude & fugue from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.
  2. A sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (excluding Beethoven op. 49 or op. 79).
  3. A 19th-century composition.
  4. A 20th or 21st-century composition.
Voice Performance Four songs from memory from the classical repertoire, representing various languages and/or style periods. The singer should demonstrate musical and vocal ability that gives promise of successful college-level study.

Suggested repertoire selections for all voice auditions include songs and arias of the 17th and 18th centuries, art songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, including spirituals, and/or operatic and oratorio literature when suitable for the singer.

An accompanist will be provided for all on-campus auditions.

Music Education
  1. Audition on primary instrument: organ, piano, or voice. (See Primary Instrument Audition Requirements).
  2. Interview with the Music Education faculty.
Sacred Music
  1. Audition on primary instrument: organ, piano, or voice. (See Primary Instrument Audition Requirements).
  2. Interview with a member of the Sacred Music faculty.
Theory and Composition
  1. Audition on primary instrument: organ, piano, or voice. See Primary Instrument Audition Requirements below.
  2. Submit original scores which best demonstrate your present abilities.  Please submit a digital portfolio prior to your audition date to include PDF scores and recordings of these scores in MP3 format. In the absence of live/studio recordings, MIDI realizations, delivered in MP3 format, are an acceptable alternative.  
  3. Interview with a member of the department.

School of Fine and Performing Arts Program Requirements

Music Theatre (BFA) All of the following must be performed from memory:
  1. Two contrasting sections from the standard musical theater repertoire. One selection should be a ballad and the second should be “up-tempo.” Once selection should be from “classic” music theater the other contemporary. Each selection should be no longer than 1 minute in length.
  2. Two contrasting monologues from contemporary published plays. Each monologue should be 1 minute in length, age appropriate with no dialects.
  3. Observed participation in a dance/movement class.
  4. 2 copies of a recent head shot and current resume
PLEASE NOTE: The Application Deadline for Musical Theatre is January 1.  Admission decisions for Musical Theatre Applicants will be made after all of the Musical Theatre auditions have been completed in late February.  We do not require a pre-screening recording.
Music Theatre (Piano) Audition requirements for Piano Primary. See Primary Instrument / Audition Requirements Below
  1. Prepare two piano pieces from the classical piano literature
  2. Prepare a 2-minute cut of either an overture or a piece of dance music from the Musical Theatre literature
  3. Any song from the musical theatre repertoire
  4. Sight read a piece of musical theatre with a singer from their repertoire book
Technical Theatre
  1. Interview with Technical Theater faculty. We suggest that students should bring a current resume of their recent performance and/or technical activities and a portfolio containing pictures, photos, drawings, drafting, programs or sketches used to execute and/or document their work. Include work in progress or finished products. The portfolio can also include other types of work that shows skills using tools, drawing, sketching, drafting, or image editing. For stage managers, please include samples of paperwork used to organize and run rehearsals.
Theatre - Acting
  1. Two contrasting monologues from memory – 1 serious and 1 humorous. Each monologue should be 1 minute in length, age appropriate with no dialects. In addition, students may present one short song.
  2. Recent head shot and current resume
Theatre Studies
  1. Interview with Theater faculty. Students should bring a resume and portfolio including photos from past productions, prompt book, personal statement and letter of recommendation.

Primary Instrument Audition Requirements

Westminster Choir College

Organ

All of the following are required.  Performance from memory is encouraged, but not required.

  • One work by J.S. Bach or another Baroque composer.

  • One work by a romantic or contemporary composer.

  • Accurate and fluent sight-reading of a four-part hymn.

  • Applicants with a strong piano background who wish to apply for study in organ may elect to play their audition on the piano for members of the organ faculty. The audition will include all of the following, of which one must be from memory:

    1. An invention or prelude & fugue by J.S. Bach.

    2. A first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Beethoven op. 49; op. 79; and op. 27, no. 2)

    3. A 19th, 20th, or 21st-century composition.
Piano All of the following, of which one must be from memory:
  1. An invention or prelude & fugue by J.S. Bach.
  2. A first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Beethoven op. 49; op. 79; and op. 27, no. 2)
  3. A 19th, 20th, or 21st-century composition.
Voice Two memorized songs from the classical repertoire. Suggested repertoire selections for all voice auditions include:

Songs and arias of the 17th and 18th centuries and/or art songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, including spirituals, and/or operatic and oratorio literature when suitable for the singer.