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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.

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 or 3 movements of a suite.
  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.

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, prelude & fugue, or 3 movements from a French Suite 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.