Important information for all choral activities is posted on this website and distributed via email and social media. Spring audition information will be available below starting December 7, 2021. Auditions will be held in person on December 14 and January 12.
All Western Michigan University students — regardless of major or class year — are welcome to audition for a choral ensemble! Ensembles are also open to faculty and staff. Community members will be welcomed back to the WMU choirs after the 2021-22 school year.
2021-22 Audition Information
Fall auditions for Anima, Amphion, and University Chorale took place in person between August 26 and September 1. Spring Auditions will take place on December 14 and January 12. Campus Choir will accept new singers through January 19. Sign up for your audition at the link below:
Please fill out the audition form in advance of your audition. The form is online at the link below:
For your choral audition, you will be asked to perform the following:
- Solo Song: Please prepare a short song. The piece should demonstrate the overall quality of your singing. Arias, art songs, folk songs, hymns, or patriotic songs are all acceptable representative pieces. Please limit your selection to 3 minutes in length. Your song can be submitted ahead of your audition on your online audition form as a video link if you prefer.
- Range Exercises/Vocalises: Each singer will be asked to sing a few vocalises (“warm-up” sequences) so that the directors can get a more thorough understanding of their ranges and tone qualities.
- Pitch Memory: Each student will also be asked to sing some short tonal memory exercises. The director will play a series of four to six pitches and ask you to repeat them on your own.
- Sight Reading: Each student will be given short musical examples to read unaccompanied via screen share. A starting pitch will be given and you will have a short period to look over the example. Do your best, but don’t stress out. It is important that we get to know you as much as possible so that we place you in the choral ensemble where you will grow the most—and have the most fun.
Fall semester audition results will be announced by September 2. If you audition during the spring semester, you will know the results of your audition by the day you audition (if after the first day of classes). You will be emailed your ensemble placement results and the first class meeting time.
Students interested in auditioning for University Chorale will also be required to attend a callback audition. Students will be asked to perform a prepared choral excerpt. Chorale Callbacks are only held in the FALL semester of each year.
- Excerpt Performance: An excerpt from a choral score will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the callback appointment. The student should learn the excerpt as thoroughly as possible, demonstrating accurate pitches, rhythms, dynamics, and articulation. The purpose is to determine your personal preparation skills — your ability to work and learn independently.
It is important for you and for the ensemble that you are placed in a choir that best matches your musical ability and vocal training. Above all, we place importance on putting you in an ensemble where you will thrive and grow. It is vital that each of you get the best educational and musical experience possible. Placing you in a choir other than the one you auditioned for is done in consultation with you, and the directors, of course.
Please register for your choral ensemble as a class. Course numbers for our choirs are MUS1120, MUS5120, MUS1070, MUS1080, and MUS2170.
You should plan to register for one of these courses before your audition. All pre-audition correspondence goes out through the email list associated with each class. To get all of the necessary information, you should be registered for the choir. If you are accepted into a different choir than the one you registered for initially, then you will switch your registration. You can read about the choirs and see their rehearsal times under the "Ensembles" portion of this page.
For additional information, contact Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, associate professor of music. (269) 387-4715 | Email Dr. Adams