All Westminster Choir College and many School of Fine and Performing Arts majors require an audition and/or interview.
For students who live beyond a 250 mile radius of Westminster and are unable to travel for an on-campus audition we will accept a recorded audition.  A pre-screening recording is required only for the Master of Music in Choral Conducting applicants. 

To facilitate the submission of recorded auditions we offer a service called DecisionDesk which will allow you to upload the recordings directly to us through our web site. Please see below for specific instructions and the appropriate links to upload your videos to DecisionDesk.

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View instructions for:

Westminster Choir College Voice, Piano and Organ Majors

Please submit a video recording.
Audio only recordings will not be accepted for any graduate program or for any undergraduate performance major.

  1. Organ videos must show pedals.
  2. Please follow all of the uploading instructions provided.

If you are having technical difficulties please contact the Help Desk at DecisionDesk.
Westminster Office of Admission cannot provide technical help with this service.

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School of Fine and Performing Arts Majors

All majors must submit a video recording.
Audio only recordings will not be accepted.

Please submit the following:

MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Submit all of the on-campus audition requirements (2 songs, 2 monologues)
  • For the dance segment: Prepare a 1 one minute dance showing technique (turns, leaps, rhythm).
  • If you tap please show as well (separately).
  • Upload a current headshot and resume.

Applicants to the BFA in Musical Theatre are strongly encouraged to audition on campus or at the Unified auditions.  We DO NOT require a pre-screening recording.

THEATRE

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Choral Conducting Pre-Screening

All applicants must stubmit the pre-screening recording through DecisionDesk.

Applicants must submit a preliminary screening recording in order to be considered for an invitation to an on-campus audition.

Deadline: Both the application and recording must be submitted no later than December 1.

We will no longer accept DVDs or VHS pre-screening recordings.

Recording Requirements:

  1. The recording must be in English.
  2. Twenty to thirty minutes of conducting/rehearsing a choir that the candidate regularly conducts, or an ad hoc group formed for the taping.
    (Previously recorded accompaniment is not accepted.)
  3. Camera positioned to show a head-on view.
  4. Music of contrasting tempi that demonstrates legato and marcato gesture.
  5. A list of works conducted.
  6. Follow the instructions for uploading the pre-screening recording found on the GitizenGroove website.
Please also upload the following:
  1. List of works conducted
  2. Resume
  3. Essay (statement of goals)
  4. Unofficial transcript

Our faculty will review all of the submitted pre-screening recordings and invite selected candidates to audition on campus.

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Westminster Choir College Composition Majors

Undergraduate Applicants: 
Submit original scores which best demonstrate present abilities.  Please submit PDF files 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.

Graduate Applicants:
Applicants should submit a portfolio of original works to include: 

  1. Three recent works which best demonstrate present abilities. One of which should be of moderate to large scale (e.g., movement of string quartet, choral work of at least 5 minutes). Please submit PDF files of the three representative 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.
  2. Submit a list of all composition (this should include medium, date of composition, performance/reading of the piece).
  3. Compose a tonal, two-part invention based on the motive provided here: Invention Stimulus.
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Westminster Choir College Masters of Voice Pedagogy Majors

Applicants should submit a portfolio of materials to include: 

  • A sample of academic/professional writing, new or previously composed. Examples include published, peer-reviewed articles; an original review of an article from the Journal of Voice, Journal of Singing, or other professional journal; a brief, original paper on a voice pedagogy topic.
  • Documentation of at least five years post-baccalaureate professional experience in the field. Candidates with significant prior teaching experience may include printed programs, audio recordings, reviews or letters of support from former or current students.
  • Audio or video recording demonstrating singing ability may be requested (need not be current).
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Westminster Choir College Graduate Music Education Majors

Music Education (MM)

  • Audition on Primary Instrument
  • Unedited video recording at least 20 minutes in length of the candidate demonstrating proficiency in music teaching and/or conducting and rehearsing in English. It should not be a performance.

Master of Education (MME)

  • Unedited video recording at least 20 minutes in length of the candidate demonstrating proficiency in the selected focus area:
    • General Music or Kodály: classroom music teaching and/or rehearsing
    • Choral: rehearsing and conducting. It should not be a performance.
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