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Auditioning for Chamber Choir

Choral Area Information Fall 2020

Welcome to the CWU Choral area! The Choral team (Dr. W, Prof. Singh, and Dr. P) look forward to working with you, even if right now we can’t do our usual face-to-face rehearsing and making great choral music together.


Due to COVID-19, all four Choral ensembles will be using an online format. We realize this format is not ideal for choirs and literally goes against nearly everything we traditionally do in the choral idiom, but at this time the risks of large group ensemble singing are just too dangerous to validate meeting in person.


The CWU Choral Team is working hard to offer meaningful content and effective assignments. Our goal is to deliver material which will positively influence you, allow musical growth, and help expand your knowledge of choral music, musicianship, and ear-training. Note – all four choirs will include some kind of singing component. Should COVID-19 conditions and resources permit later in the quarter, some limited in-person rehearsing may occur.


These are unprecedented times. Please keep in mind that all things related to education are fluid and quickly evolving. This decision was reached after reviewing findings from multiple health organizations based on consistent scientific data. We also continue to look at current guidelines from the CDC, state of Washington, Kittitas County, and CWU to maximize a safe learning environment for all of the enrolled Choral students.


If you are new to CWU choirs, WELCOME! If you are returning to CWU choirs, WELCOME BACK! We look forward to working with you and hope to make great music in-person as soon as possible!­


Your Choral Team - Dr. Weidenaar, Prof. Singh, and Dr. Peterson

As CWU's premiere choral ensemble, Chamber Choir requires a rigorous audition for entrance along with a full school year commitment, this group is only open to returning and transfer students at the sophomore level and above. Auditions for all members typically take place the three days befor prior to the start of fall quarter. 

Being accepted into Chamber Choir is a two-part process:

  1. The first part is the initial audition
  2. Selected individuals will be invited to a callback audition.

Audition Sign-Ups

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Before going to sign up for auditions please contact Dr. Weidenaar for permission to do so. Sign ups for Chamber Choir auditions are done online via Signup Genius.

Audition Details 


There are two things you must prepare.

  1. Two excerpts chosen by Dr. Weidenaar. E-mail him for these excerpts.
  2. An art song or aria of your choice which best demonstrates your current skills (60-90 seconds of it - you will sing it unaccompanied).

All those auditioning be aware that if you are asked to come to callbacks, there will be a short additional excerpt to learn - which is typically available here the Sunday prior to fall term start of classes.

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 two excerpts above chosen by Dr. Weidenaar.
  • Vocalizing through your range
  • Singing back series of pitches after they are played for you on the piano (pitch retention)
  • Sight reading (including assessing your rhythmic skill, pitch skill, and interval knowledge)

Fall 2020 Audition Times (may be adjusted – sign up online)

  • Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 -  2-5 PM
  • Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 - 10 AM-12 PM, 1:30-5 PM and 6-9 PM
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 - 9 AM-12 PM, 2 PM-5 PM

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


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.

Fall 2020 Callbacks will be online  - each singer will sing an excerpt, answer a few questions and complete a short assignment during their section’s meeting time.


Callback Auditions:

Date:  Sept. 8 Tuesday

  • Bass - 6:00 - 6:40 PM
  • Tenor - 6:45 - 7:25 PM
  • Alto - 7:30 - 8:15 PM
  • Soprano - 8:20 - 9:10 PM

The Chamber Choir Fall retreat takes place Friday (6pm-10pm) and Saturday (9am-3pm) the first weekend after start of classes.