Auditions

General Information
Auditions are required for admission to some undergraduate programs; you can see a list of these programs and requirements below. Auditions are by appointment only. In order to schedule an appointment date and time, you must submit your completed application and fee 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, of which one must be from memory:
  1. A work by J.S. Bach (e.g., prelude & fugue, trio sonata).
  2. Two 19th, 20th or 21st-century compositions (e.g., Mendelssohn, Franck, Vierne).
  3. All major and minor scales (performed on the piano, moderate tempo, four octaves).
  4. Accurate and fluent sight-reading of four-part hymns.
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-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
  2. Submit original score(s) to the department.
  3. Interview with a member of the department.

Primary Instrument Audition Requirements

Westminster Choir College

Organ All of the following, of which one must be from memory:
  1. A work by J.S. Bach (e.g., a prelude & fugue, a movement from a trio sonata, a choral prelude from Orgelb├╝chlein)
  2. A 19th, 20th, or 21st-century composition (e.g., Mendelssohn, Franck, Vierne).
  3. Any three scales (four octaves, performed on the piano, moderate tempo).
  4. Accurate and fluent sight-reading of four-part hymns.

Students with little or no organ background may audition for entrance to the organ department by following the requirements for piano principals. Organ faculty will evaluate the piano audition for organ principals.

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- or 20th-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.