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The following information is for programs requiring an audition as part of the application process.

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Once you've reviewed the requirements below, submit your application. When 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 1. 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 and would need to audition in December. Musical Theatre students interested in attending December Auditions must submit their pre-screen by November 15th


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 for are accepted for applicants living more than 250 miles from Princeton or having extenuating circumstances. This does not apply to students interested in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre or the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Musical Theatre Concentration. A Live Audition is required for both BFA Musical Theatre and BA Theatre with a Musical Theatre Concentration. 


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

BFA Musical Theatre &
BA Theatre: Musical Theatre

Pre-Screen Video Requirements and Guidelines

  • Rider is participating in the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen Requirements.
  • Please upload your pre-screen materials to your Be A Bronc Applicant Dashboard after you've applied to the University.
  • Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share the title and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share the title of the play and the playwright. 

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasing pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

MONOLOGUE

  • Your Monologue must be from a published play.
  • Your Monologue cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • This should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

DANCE

  • Dance media should be filmed in “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Students are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.
  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: tap, jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary.
  • No barre work.
  • Please stick to vocabulary and steps you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed or a solo video of you featured in a show, competition, or other performance.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

OPTIONAL BALLET UPLOAD

  • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor.
  • Optional Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.

OPTIONAL WILD CARD

  • The Wild Card media is not required.
  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

LIVE ON CAMPUS and UNIFIED CALLBACK AUDITION

  • You may sing the same songs from your Pre-Screen Video or choose a different song entirely.  Sing what you sing best.  You maybe asked to sing only one of your songs.   You also maybe asked to sing something pop or contemporary, so please be prepared if asked.
  • Please prepare your same monologue from your Pre-Screen 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 “advanced” tap dancer, please bring your tap shoes and be prepared to demonstrate your skills with a short combination you have choreographed (around 6 counts of 8).
  • Faculty Introductions and Rider Overview
  • Campus tour (On campus audition only)
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. We would like to know a little bit more about you as a theatre technician, manager or artist.  Along with your application, please submit a current resume, part of your portfolio and/or a short video with you speaking a bit about your production experiences.  These are optional but will help us to get to know you better before your interview.
  2. After your materials are submitted, you will have an interview with Technical Theater faculty. Please bring current resume of their recent performance and/or technical activities and/or a portfolio containing pictures, photos, drawings, drafting, programs or sketches used to execute and/or document your 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 headshot 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.
Popular Music Studies - Performance

Prepare three contrasting songs in popular styles (jazz, pop, rock, R&B, etc.) and perform from memory.

All selections must be accompanied. Use either pre-recorded tracks, accompany yourself, or provide sheet music in your key for the accompanist.

Please be sure that your selections also adhere to the following criteria:

1. An up-tempo selection (1/4 note = 130 bpm or faster)

2. A ballad (1/4 note = 90 bpm or slower)

3. One song of your choice (any style or genre including original compositions)

Auditions will also consist of brief music literacy and aural skills exercises.

Popular Music Studies - Songwriting

Submit a digital portfolio of your songs. This should include materials such as recordings, compositions, lyric and/or chord sheet, and any other materials you feel would enhance your candidacy. This portfolio will help to inform your interview with a member of the Popular Music faculty.


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.