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Chamber Choir Auditions

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This year all choir audition sign ups will be done online. Click here to sign up now.

General Info

For general audition information and/or information about auditioning for Women’s Choir, click here

Chamber Choir auditions for all members will take place on Monday, Sept. 22, Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 24, see schedule below. Being accepted into Chamber Choir is a two-part process: The first part is the audition. Selected individuals will be invited to a callback audition on Wednesday evening, Sept. 24. (see schedule below for your parts’ time)

All 2013-2014 Chamber Choir members need to re-audition for the 2014-2015 CWU Chamber Choir

There are two things you must prepare.

  • An art song or aria of your choice which best demonstrates your current skills (only 60 -90 seconds of it - you will sing it unaccompanied).
  • This downloadable excerpt chosen by Dr. Weidenaar. Please learn whatever part you feel comfortable with. Follow the instructions provided on the excerpt carefully (language, tempo, musical markings, etc.). You will be evaluated on how closely you are able to come to the style exhibited by the singers in the recording.
  • NOTE: All those auditioning be aware that if you are asked to come to callbacks, there is a second excerpt to learn, not available until Monday, Sept. 22 – so it is suggested you download or pick up the second excerpt on Monday, Sept. 22. (see information under “Callbacks” below)

The Audition
The 15 minute audition consists of:

  • Singing a 60 to 90 second excerpt of your selected aria or art song
  • Singing your part for the excerpt chosen by Dr. Weidenaar
  • Vocalizing through your range
  • Singing back series of pitches after they are played for you on the piano
  • Sight reading (including assessing your rhythmic skill, pitch skill, and interval knowledge)

IMPORTANT - PLEASE ARRIVE 10 minutes before your scheduled time to fill out the necessary and important paperwork. It will greatly help if you know your student number, phone number, address, and email address. Female Chamber Choir hopefuls will also be measured for the required outfit (to be purchased by you.

Audition Times

  • Monday, September 22, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 23. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM , 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday September 24, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

When you sign up, try to take the earliest time available for two reasons:

  1. Later times fill up and sometimes there is an overflowing demand the last day before classes start
  2. The earlier you go, the more time you have to plan your schedule, while Dr. Weidenaar has more time to assimilate auditionees into the choirs.


Callbacks are to see how various voices match, how well personalities mesh, and how well singers take directions – as well as to determine whether singers have the capacity and discipline to learn the assigned excerpts.

ALL SINGERS, both returning members and Chamber Choir hopefuls invited to the callbacks, are expected to learn the audition excerpt, as well as this second excerpt, (available on and after Monday, Sept. 22 on Dr. Weidenaar’s office door - Rm. 122 or here on this page.

Be prepared to sing some or all of the excerpts alone during the callback session

Callback Auditions: (Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014)

  • 6:00 – 6:45 Tenors
  • 6:45 – 7:30 Basses
  • 7:45 – 8:30 – Altos
  • 8:30 – 9:15 - Sopranos


Results of auditions will be posted by noon on Thursday, September 25, both on Dr. Weidenaar’s Office door (Rm. 122) and on the choral bulletin board near the choir room (Rm. 153)

First Meeting

Chamber Choir’s first meeting will be Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

Women's Choir’s first meeting will be Friday Sept. 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm.