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The following 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 SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PRIOR TO UPLOADING YOUR MATERIALS

To facilitate the submission of recorded auditions we offer a service that will allow you to upload recordings and/or digital materials directly to us. Please see below for specific instructions on what materials to upload using the link received in your Rider Application Confirmation email.***

***Please note that all memory requirements must be honored in recorded auditions

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Westminster Choir College Voice, Piano and Organ Studies

Please submit a video recording.
Audio only recordings will not be accepted for any graduate program or for any undergraduate performance major.

  1. Organ videos must show pedals.
  2. Please follow all of the uploading instructions provided.

If you are having technical difficulties please contact the service vendor directly.
Westminster Office of Admission cannot provide technical help with this service.

School of Fine and Performing Arts Majors

All majors must submit a video recording.
Audio only recordings will not be accepted.

Please submit the following:

BFA MUSICAL THEATRE: Voice and BA THEATRE: MUSICAL THEATRE

All applicants must submit the pre-screening recording digitally using the link from your Rider Application Confirmation email.
Applicants must submit a preliminary screening recording in order to be considered for an invitation to an on-campus audition.
Deadline: Both the application and recording must be submitted no later than December 1st.

  • Rider is participating in the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen Requirements.
  • 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?”.

Bachelor of Music - MUSICAL THEATRE - Piano

Applicants to the B.M. in Musical Theatre are STRONGLY encouraged to audtion on campus. 

THEATRE

POPULAR MUSIC

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.

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. 

Choral Conducting Pre-Screening

All applicants must submit the pre-screening recording digitally using the link from your Rider Application Confirmation email..

Applicants must submit a preliminary screening recording in order to be considered for an invitation to an on-campus audition.

Deadline: Both the application and recording must be submitted no later than December 1.

We will no longer accept DVDs or VHS pre-screening recordings.

Recording Requirements:

  1. The recording must be in English.
  2. Twenty to thirty minutes of conducting/rehearsing a choir that the candidate regularly conducts, or an ad hoc group formed for the taping.
    (Previously recorded accompaniment is not accepted.)
  3. Camera positioned to show a head-on view.
  4. Music of contrasting tempi that demonstrates legato and marcato gesture.
  5. A list of works conducted.
  6. Follow the instructions for uploading the pre-screening recording found on the GitizenGroove website.
Please also upload the following:
  1. List of works conducted
  2. Resume
  3. Essay (statement of goals)
  4. Unofficial transcript

Our faculty will review all of the submitted pre-screening recordings and invite selected candidates to audition on campus.

Westminster Choir College Composition Majors

Undergraduate Applicants: 
Submit original scores which best demonstrate present abilities.  Please submit PDF files 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.

Graduate Applicants:
Applicants should submit a portfolio of original works to include: 

  1. 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). Please submit PDF files of the three representative 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.
  2. Submit a list of all composition (this should include medium, date of composition, performance/reading of the piece).
  3. Compose a tonal, two-part invention based on the motive provided here: Invention Stimulus.
Westminster Choir College Masters of Voice Pedagogy Majors

Applicants should submit a portfolio of materials to include: 

  • 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.
  • Audio or video recording demonstrating singing ability may be requested (need not be current).
Westminster Choir College Graduate Music Education Majors

Music Education (MM)

  • On-campus interview (or phone interview) with Dept of Mus Ed faculty member
  • Video recording

Master of Education (MME)

  • 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.

Choose your clothing for an audition day carefully. An audition is similar to a job interview, in terms of apparel.  The clothes for your audition should be somewhat dressy, appropriate, tasteful and generally conservative.  We suggest that you practice in the shoes you plan to wear. Jeans are not appropriate audition attire.

Show good judgment in the material you select to present for your audition. Choose audition material that is appropriate for your age and experience.

Be able to answer questions about your audition material. Don’t be caught off guard if the faculty asks a question about your song or monologue and it’s meaning or context. 

An accompanist will be provided for all vocal auditions. You will not be able to rehearse with the accompanist before your audition. Please be sure your music is well-marked and presented in a binder without sheet protectors. You will not be able to audition a cappella or with a recorded accompaniment. 

Musical Theatre and Theatre Performance applicants should bring two copies of a one page résumé and headshot. The headshot should be a recent 8 x 10 photograph. The résumé should include all training and experience you have had in music, theatre, and dance and be stapled to the back of the headshot. 

The Admission Office staff and artistic faculty are not able to provide individual feedback from student auditions because of the volume of candidates to consider. We ask your understanding, and thank you in advance.