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Chamber Choir Auditions

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Chamber Choir auditions for all members will take place at the end of spring quarter before the next year. For the audition process, please see information below.

Being accepted into Chamber Choir is a two-part process: The first part is the audition. After the audition, selected individuals will be invited to a callback audition.

Sign ups for Chamber Choir auditions are online.
Sign Up Here

NOTE - Returning 2015-2016 Chamber Choir members need to re-audition for the 2016-2017 CWU Chamber Choir.



There are two things you must prepare.

  • These two downloadable excerpts chosen by Dr. Weidenaar. They are from “Singet dem Herrn - J.S. Bach” and “Not One Sparrow is Forgotten - William Hawley"

    Please learn whatever part you feel most comfortable with. Follow the instructions provided on the excerpt carefully (language, tempo, musical markings, etc.). You are evaluated not only on accurate notes and rhythms, but also phrasing, musicality, correct and steady tempo and emotional impact.
  • An art song or aria of your choice which best demonstrates your current skills (60 -90 seconds of it - you will sing it unaccompanied).
  • NOTE: All those auditioning be aware that if you are asked to come to callbacks, there is a short additional excerpt to learn - which is available 4 days before the callback: CLICK HERE


The Audition

The 15-20 minute audition consists of:

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

IMPORTANT - PLEASE ARRIVE 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time  We will take your student number, phone number, address, and email address and summer (or permanent) address. Female Chamber Choir hopefuls will also be measured for the required outfit (to be purchased by you).

Audition Times

  • Thurs., June 2, 11am-1pm, 2-5pm & 6-7:30 pm 
  • Fri. June 3, 11-1 pm, 2-5 pm & 6-7:30 pm
  • Saturday June 4, by appointment**
  • Sunday June 5, 12 pm-1:15 pm (for people out of town)
    (any other times by appointment)


**contact Dr. Weidenaar (

When you sign up, try to take the earliest time available

  1. Callbacks

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 callback excerpt.  During the callbacks, both the callback excerpt AND the two audition excerpts will be sung alone and in groups.

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

Callback Auditions: Wednesday, June 8, 6-9 p.m.

  • 6:00 – 6:45   Tenors
  • 6:50 – 7:35   Basses
  • 7:45 – 8:45   Altos
  • 8:45 – 9:45   Sopranos


Results of the audition will be posted on both Dr. Weidenaar’s office door and on the choral (ACDA) bulletin board near the choir room (Rm. 153).

last updated: 2-12-16