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General Audition/Interview Information

  • Auditions and/or interviews are required for admission to all graduate programs. Consult the audition requirements for your major. All memory requirements must be honored in recorded auditions.
  • All auditions are evaluated by faculty members from the relevant departments. Westminster provides an accompanist for vocal auditions. 
  • Auditions and interviews are by appointment only and are limited to those who have submitted an application form and application fee. 
  • The application form and processing fee must be received at least three weeks prior to the selected audition date. Therefore, it is to your advantage to sign up early for an audition.
  • We urge all applicants to audition in person whenever possible. Recorded auditions are accepted for applicants living more than 250 miles from Lawrenceville or having extenuating circumstances. Recorded auditions are not permitted for Piano Accompanying, Choral Conducting or for the conducting portion of the Sacred Music audition.

Once you've reviewed the audition and admission requirements for your major, submit your application. When we have received your application you will receive email instruction on how to select an audition/interview date.

As long as the above criteria have been met and unless notified to the contrary, students should assume that the audition/interview date they have selected is confirmed. Although the scheduled audition date will appear on correspondence regarding completion of the applicant file, no correspondence specific to auditions will be sent until approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled date.

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.


Graduate Audition/Interview Dates

All Westminster Choir College auditions will take place on campus at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Get Directions.

How to Register

To register for an audition, students must submit the completed application for admission and submit the $50 application processing fee at least three weeks in advance of the requested audition date.

2019-2020 On-Campus Auditions

All dates are subject to change. 

General Graduate Auditions

  • Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Friday, March 5, 2021

Choral Conducting

  • Friday, January 29, 2021 *by invitation only
  • Monday, February 22, 2021 *by invitation only

Can’t make an on-campus audition?

You can still submit a recorded audition using the link received in your Rider Application Confirmation email to upload your videos and/or digital materials.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions regarding your audition date, please call the Office of Admission at: 800-962-4647 or email: [email protected]


Audition/Interview Requirements

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View Requirements for Special Admissions Programs


Choral Conducting (M.M.)

All applicants must submit the pre-screening recording through using the link received in 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 using the link received in your Rider Application Confirmation email.

Please also upload the following:

  1. List of works conducted
  2. Resume
  3. Essay (statement of goals)
  4. Copies of all undergraduate transcripts

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


Composition (M.M.)

Applicants should submit a digital portfolio prior to their interview 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 compositions (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.

All students must complete an interview with a composition faculty member.


Music Education (M.M.)

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in music education or a valid teacher certificate and must complete the following:

  1. Audition in applied area of study (organ, piano, voice, or composition - see Primary Instrument Audition Requirements.
  2. An interview with a member of the music education faculty.
  3. Although not required, the department would be pleased to review a DVD or videotape of the candidate teaching.

Recorded Audition Requirements

  1. Video audition in applied area of study (organ, piano, voice, or composition - see Primary Instrument Audition Requirements.
  2. 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.

Organ Performance (M.M.)

  • Applicants should prepare a program of no more than one half-hour, including a major work of J.S. Bach. The remainder of the program should include works of contrasting styles and periods, and should include at least one lyrical and one virtuosic selection. The quality of performance and choice of repertoire for the graduate degree must be at least at the level of a senior recital in organ.
  • Performance from memory is encouraged, but not required.

Recorded audition requirements:

Please submit a video recording of all of the above and follow all of the uploading instructions provided. Organ videos must show pedals.

Audio only recordings will not be accepted


Piano Accompanying and Coaching (M.M.)

Please prepare all of the following.

  1. R. Strauss: Ständchen (high key).
  2. Barber: The Daisies (high key).
  3. Fauré: Clair de lune (high key).
  4. Debussy: Green (in G-flat).
  5. A Schubert song, of the applicant’s choice. (The applicant will play the accompaniment while singing or speaking the vocal line).
  6. A complete Beethoven sonata (excluding op. 27, no. 2; op. 49; and op. 79) or a comparable work from the solo piano literature, played from memory.
  7. Applicants will be asked to sight-read works from the standard vocal literature as well as to sight-read in German and French.

A member of the voice faculty will perform the vocal literature. The candidate will have 30 minutes to rehearse with the vocalist.

Please note: Recorded auditions are not permitted for this program.


Piano Pedagogy and Performance (M.M.)

All of the following - two must be from memory

  1. A prelude & fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier or comparable large work by Bach.
  2. A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding op. 49 & op. 79).
  3. A large-scale Romantic work (e.g., Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, or Brahms).
  4. A 20th or 21st-century work (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Liegti, Adams, or Bartok).

All applicants will complete an interview with the Piano Pedagogy faculty at the audition.

Recorded audition requirements:

Please submit a video recording of all of the above and follow all of the uploading instructions provided.

Audio only recordings will not be accepted.


Piano Performance (M.M.)

All of the following from memory:

  1. A prelude & fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier or comparable large work by Bach.
  2. A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding op. 49 & op. 79).
  3. A large-scale Romantic work (e.g., Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, or Brahms).
  4. A 20th or 21st-century work (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Liegti, Adams, or Bartok).

Recorded audition requirements:

Please submit a video recording of all of the above and follow all of the uploading instructions provided.

Audio only recordings will not be accepted.


Sacred Music (M.M.)

  1. Audition in applied area of study (organ, piano, voice, or composition - see Primary Instrument Audition Requirements).
  2. Conducting Audition -applicants will conduct a Westminster choir in an assigned piece at the on-campus audition
  3. Sacred Music Interview - interview with a member of the Sacred Music faculty
  4. Applicants for Sacred Music Composition will also have an interview with the composition faculty and follow the requirements for a composition primary.

Recorded audition requirements:

Please submit a video recording of all of the above and follow all of the uploading instructions provided.

Audio only recordings will not be accepted.

Recorded auditions are not permitted for the conducting portion of the Sacred Music audition.


Voice Pedagogy and Performance (M.M.)

At least five works from memory from the list below, including Italian, French, German and English. A single selection may be used to fulfill more than one requirement:

  1. A recitative from the 17th or 18th century.
  2. An aria from an opera or oratorio.
  3. An art song
  4. One selection composed since 1950

Recorded audition requirements:

Please submit a video recording of all of the above and follow all of the uploading instructions provided.

Audio only recordings will not be accepted.


Primary Instrument Audition Requirements

Composition

Digitally submit three original scores that best present your abilities. A recording is desirable but not required.

Conducting

All applicants with a concentration in conducting must complete an on-campus conducting audition. Auditionees will conduct a Westminster ensemble in an assigned piece or pieces at the on-campus audition.

Organ

  1. One work by J.S. Bach or another Baroque composer.
  2. One work by a romantic or contemporary composer.
  3. One hymn of at least three stanzas, prepared with a creative introduction. Free harmonizations and interludes are encouraged, but not required.
  4. Prepare an anthem accompaniment. This will be provided at least six weeks prior to audition date.

Piano

Follow repertoire requirements for Piano Pedagogy and Performance.

Voice

At least five works from memory from the list below, including Italian, French, German and English. A single selection may be used to fulfill more than one requirement:

  1. A recitative from the 17th or 18th century.
  2. An aria from an opera or oratorio.
  3. An art song
  4. One selection composed since 1950

Requirements for Special Admissions Programs

American and Public Musicology (M.M.)

  1. Application for Admission and Application fee ($50)
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score
  3. Two research papers of at least 2,500 words, one of which is on a music topic.
  4. Official transcripts from every college/university attended
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  6. Aims and Objectives Statement outlining professional goals and expectations for the degree program.
  7. Current Resume
  8. TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not native language or did not attend US university

Master of Music Education (M.M.E)

  1. Completed admissions application.
  2. Academic transcripts from all previous colleges, universities, and/or conservatories.
  3. A digital portfolio to include:
    1. video recording of conducting or classroom teaching (approximately forty minutes and should not be a concert or performance).
    2. Professional resume.
    3. Written proposal for the "focus track" of study
    4. Submission of a teaching portfolio.
    5. Two recommendation letters.
  4. Personal interview with a member of the Music Education faculty.

Master of Voice Pedagogy (M.V.P.)

Note: this is NOT the MM in Voice Pedagogy and Performance

  1. Completed admissions application.
  2. Academic transcripts from all previous colleges, universities,and/or conservatories.
  3. A digital portfolio to include:
    1. Professional resume.
    2. A statement of intent, outlining professional goals and expectations for Westminster's MVP program.
    3. 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.
    4. Two letters of recommendation speaking to singing and/or teaching ability.
  4. Admissions interview (scheduled with a member of the program faculty).*

*Upon receipt of the completed digital portfolio, candidates will receive instructions on scheduling the admissions interview.

Sacred Music - Pedagogy Track

Note: this is NOT the full-time MM in Sacred Music Degree. 

  1. Conducting Audition - Applicants must submit a video of 10-15 minutes of rehearsal
    1. At least 2 different pieces of contrasting style and time period must be featured
    2. Video should be from the perspective of the choir with the camera facing the conductor's face and hands. 
  2. 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.