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Requirements for the Undergraduate Voice Area Audition:

Genera​l Audition Information:
Students must audition to be accepted as voice majors in the following degrees: Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Music Education (Choral and Broad Area) and Bachelor of Arts Music. The audition gives us an opportunity to assess your musical skills and it gives you the opportunity to get to know us and ask any questions you may have about the program.

How and When to Set up an Audition:
First preference for admittance to the program and scholarship awards will be given to students who audition before February 1st. Follow the instructions on the main CWU Music Audition page to register for a January audition time. Please follow instructions on our Auditions Page

If you can't make it to Ellensburg for an on-campus audition, you may submit a recorded audition on GetAcceptd. The information for that process can also be found on the main CWU Music Audition page.

Please consider visiting campus either on the audition day or another day later in the spring if you can’t come earlier. A campus visit gives you a chance to sit in on rehearsals, classes and lessons to develop a feel for what the building, faculty and students are like. You'll be much better prepared to make the important decision about your college choice if you have visited us and experienced what we do!

Requirements for the Voice Area Audition:
All students interested in pursuing voice as their primary instrument should prepare:

  • Two songs or arias (one in a world language if possible).
  • A musical theater selection can be substituted for the classical style English song. We do not need to hear a jazz selection at this audition and other contemporary styles (rock, pop styles) are not preferred.
  • Even though auditions are only 10 minutes long we will ask you to tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to pursue a music degree. We will try to answer your questions during this time as well or connect you to other faculty that can help you.
  • Students may be asked to demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, piano competency or aural recognition. Students are not required to show mastery of these skills, but the faculty will consider the overall level of musicianship for each student along with vocal potential and previous training in a holistic approach for admission to the degree programs.
  • An accompanist will be available at the auditions. Please bring legible music (in the correct key) with you.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time to fill out some additional information for the faculty.


Audition Helpful Hints:

  • Select music that best displays your performance level. Don’t try to wow us with repertoire that is very difficult. We would much prefer to hear you sing a simple song very well than sing a difficult song sung poorly.
  • We strongly recommend you prepare your audition material under the supervision of your private teacher and/or music director.
  • Please bring legible music for the accompanist. Check that all the lines of the music are there and nothing got cut off. Also, please do not bring the music on your iPad for the accompanist to use or copies of music that is grey or fuzzy because it is a copy of a scan. Ideally, the music should be in a book that stays open or in a binder to facilitate page turns. Loose sheets of music often blow away on the piano!
  • Dress as if you were going to a job interview. You want to present yourself well as a future professional. Jeans and sneakers do not create a confident and professional impression.

If you have any questions about the audition process, please email Dr. Gayla Blaisdell or phone 509-963-1316.

Large Ensemble Audition Requirements:
For New and Returning Voice Students

All CWU vocal ensembles are open to music majors and non-majors. If you do not plan to pursue a music degree you do not need to schedule an audition before you arrive at Central for classes. Ensemble auditions are held during the first few days of school at the beginning of the year. For more information visit the visit the Choral Pages. The University Chorale and The Wildcat Chorus do not require an audition. Please contact Dr. Gary Weidenaar for more information on ensemble auditions and the choral program.

Thank you for considering Central Washington University!

Graduate Student Vocal Audition information:

Central has a long history of excellence in vocal music.  At the graduate level we offer a MMUS degree in Vocal Performance, the MMUS in Vocal Pedagogy and a cognate (similar to a minor for undergraduate studies) in Performance or Vocal Pedagogy.

Audition Dates:

  • Auditions will be held in January at Central Washington University or scheduled individually as needed. Contact Dr. Blaisdell if you are unable to make the advertised CWU audition dates to arrange an alternate time.
  • Recorded auditions may be submitted on the Get Acceptd website if you are not able to travel to CWU for the audition. 

MM in Vocal Performance Audition Requirements:

  • Five songs –
    • including at least one operatic aria
    • in at least three different languages, one of which may be English
    • Non-native speakers of English must perform one piece in English

If your degree choice is MM - Pedagogy you also need to submit a written paper on a music subject to verify writing ability. 

Expectations upon admission for all MM vocal students:

  • You should have performed at least one half of a full baccalaureate recital as an undergraduate.
  • You must have taken at least one college year of German or French.  If not, you would be expected to take one or the other of those languages here.
  • Music Theory and Music History diagnostic exams will be offered at the beginning of the first quarter of graduate study. Please consult the Graduate Student Handbook for more information regarding core music requirements.


If you are interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship you can find information at the following link,  Music : Graduate Studies.

Should you have other questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Blaisdell.

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