Westminster Choir College Students
Westminster offers a variety of world renowned graduate programs in music.
Be a part of the history and tradition of Westminster Choir College... where music surrounds your life.
Steps to Apply
Complete the application for graduate study online or fill out a paper application.
Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. If you are applying online, you may pay via credit card. All checks should be made out to Rider University and should include the student’s name and phone number.
Complete an audition or submit a recorded audition.
Please note: applicants will receive a link to the online audition scheduler via email once the application and processing fee have been received. Information on submitting a recorded audition can be found at www.rider.edu/recordedauditions.
Note: Students applying for a Master of Music degree program but who do not hold an undergraduate degree in music must submit a pre-screening recording following the same requirements as the on-campus audition. The pre-screening recording must be submitted at least one month prior to the requested audition date.
Submit a repertoire list. All applicants (except Music Education and American Public Musicology) must submit a current and complete list of works performed. When registering for the audition or submitting a recorded audition you will have the option to upload documents, such as the repertoire list.
Submit two reference letters. We would like a reference from your current or most recent music teacher. The remaining reference(s) can be of your choosing. You will have the option when registering for the audition or submitting a recorded audition to provide the names and email addresses of your two references which we will then contact with instructions on how to upload a letter to your application or please ask your references to mail the recommendations directly to the Admissions Office at the address below.
Submit a personal statement. Each graduate applicant is asked to write a substantial essay of at least 500 words unless otherwise specified in the audition/admission requirements. When registering for the audition or submitting a recorded audition you will have the option to upload documents, such as the personal statement.
Submit a current resume. When registering for the audition or submitting a recorded audition you will have the option to upload documents, such as the current resume. To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship please submit a work resume in addition to your performance resume.
Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended.
Submit Evidence of English Language Proficiency
Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of English language proficiency by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or PTE (Pearson Test of English academic).
This requirement may be waived for students attending International schools. For more information, e-mail [email protected].
Rider University’s TOEFL Code: 2758
TOEFL iBT: 79 (scores that fall between 75 - 78 will require further review)
TOEFL PBT: 540
Students with scores below the university's minimum requirements will be considered for conditional admission through Rider's English Language Institute.
Applications must be received at least three weeks in advance of the requested audition date.
Admissions Mailing Address
Office of Admission
Westminster Application Processing Center
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-9943
Special Entrance Requirements
Programs with special audition requirements are listed below:
American and Public Musicology
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score
- Two research papers of at least 2,500 words, one of which is on a music topic.
Submit a digital portfolio to include:
- Pre-screening recording –
submitted by December 1
- List of works conducted
- Essay (statement of goals)
- Copy of all undergraduate transcripts
- Complete instructions
Submit a digital portfolio prior to the interview to include:
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- 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)
- A list of all composition (this should include medium, date of composition, performance/reading of the piece)
- A tonal, two-part invention based on the motive provided here: Invention Stimulus.
- Applicants are also required to complete an Interview with the Composition faculty
- Submit your digital portfolio
Music Education (M.M.)
- Audition on primary instrument – voice, piano or organ.
- An interview with a member of the music education faculty.
- 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.
- Submit your digital materials
Master of Education (M.M.E.)
- Personal Interview
- 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.
- Submit your digital materials
Master of Voice Pedagogy (M.V.P.) - submit a digital portfolio to include:
Note: this is NOT the MM in Voice Pedagogy and Performance
- A candidate's statement of intent, outlining professional goals and expectations for Westminster's MVP program.
- Two letters of recommendation specifically addressing singing and/or teaching ability.
- 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.
- Admissions interview to be scheduled with the program faculty.*
- Audio or video recording demonstrating singing ability may be requested (need not be current).
- Submit your digital portfolio
* Upon receipt of the completed digital portfolio, candidates will receive instructions on scheduling the admissions interview.
Piano Accompanying and Coaching
- In the admission audition a member of the voice faculty will perform the vocal literature. The candidate will have 30 minutes to rehearse with the vocalist.
- Conducting Audition -applicants will conduct a Westminster choir in an assigned piece at the on-campus audition
- Sacred Music Interview - interview with a member of the Sacred Music faculty
- Applicants for Sacred Music Composition will also have an interview with the composition faculty and follow the requirements for a composition primary.
Sacred Music - Pedagogy Track*
Note: this is NOT the full-time MM in Sacred Music Degree.
- Conducting Audition - Applicants must submit a video of 10-15 minutes of rehearsal
- At least 2 different pieces of contrasting style and time period must be featured
- Video should be from the perspective of the choir with the camera facing the conductor's face and hands.
- Sacred Music Interview - interview with a member of the Sacred Music faculty will be arranged via Skype or phone call.
*This is an online degree requiring a one-time 3 week summer intensive on campus.