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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 only require a pre-screening recording for Musical Theatre.  All other 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 December 15.  All pre-screening materials for Musical Theatre must be submitted by that time. 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, though Musical Theatre students wishing to apply for the Trustee Scholarship are encouraged to apply by November 1.   

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, though Musical Theatre students wishing to apply for the Trustee Scholarship are encouraged to apply by November 1 and would need to audition in December. 

All auditions are evaluated by faculty members from the relevant departments. An accompanist will be provided for on-campus 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)

Pre-Screen Video Requirements and Guidelines -To be submitted by December 15th.

  • Slate your name and pieces you are performing at the beginning of each video.
  • Record your videos from the waist up close enough so we can see your face.
  • Record each video individually and label them as "song 1”, "song 2”, "mono 1”, “mono 2”, "dance sample 1” ("dance sample 2" if you are including more than one).

Song

  • All selections must be accompanied. Please use either pre-recorded tracks or a live accompanist.
  • Prepare two contrasting songs - one 32-bar cut of a traditional musical theatre (pre-1980) and one 32-bar cut of a contemporary musical theatre song (1980-present) OR pop/rock song

Monologue

  • Prepare 2 contrasting one-minute contemporary monologues
  • The selections should not require dialect, costume, or props

Dance

Submit a Ballet or a Jazz/Musical Theatre routine.  You may send both, but list them in 2 separate videos (ex: Dance 1, Dance 2).  The video may also be a clip from a performance.  Videos should be no longer than 1 minute in length.

  • Jazz/Musical Theatre: recommended movements:  multiple pirouettes, isolations, leaps, jumps, battements and/or turns. Show your musicality.
  • Ballett: recommended movements: pirouettes, jeté, pas de bourrée, waltz, piqué turn, battements, turns in second and/or fouettés.
  • Tap: If you are an experienced tap dancer, feel free to include an additional video (no longer than 1 minute in length). This would be in addition to your ballet/jazz video.

Live Audition

  • Please prepare the same monologues and songs from your Pre-Screening Video.
  • You are required to have sheet music for the accompanist for on-campus auditions. For Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles auditions, no accompanist will be provided. Please bring your recorded tracks and any cordless player.
  • Please provide 2 copies of your headshot and resume. 
  • There will be a ballet and jazz combination taught. If you are an experienced tap dancer, please bring your tap shoes and be prepared to demonstrate your skills.
  • Faculty Introductions and Rider Overview
  • Campus tour (On campus audition only)

Please note: Due to the competitive nature of our Musical Theatre program, we welcome you to explore other options of study within the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider (see questionnaire in your audition/registration link).

Music Theatre (Piano)

All applicants will be required to a live audition component. If you are unable to attend one of our on-campus audition dates, please proceed with uploading the first three required audition elements below, and you will be contacted about completing the sight-reading portion. 

  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.