Choral

Chamber Singers

Open to Westminster students only, the Chamber Singers, are Westminster's elite, touring choir. Since they were organized in 1996, their combination of youthful exuberance and artistically advanced performance of sacred and secular music has been in demand at a variety of venues both on and off campus. In recent years they have toured Utah, Nevada, Washington D.C., and New York City where, in 2002, they performed John Rutter's Gloria with several other college choirs in Carnegie Hall under Rutter's direction. In 2006, they went on a European tour encompassing both Spain and France, and in 2008 they performed in the Cultural Olympics preceding the 2008 Beijng Summer Olympics. Most recently, the Chamber Singers did a tour of Ireland, performing in the Cork International Choir Festival as well as historical landmarks around the country.

Rehearsal Time

MTWTH 4:00–5:20 p.m.

Rehearsal Location

Rehearsal Room, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory

Uniforms

Choir dresses and tuxedos cost approximately $100 per person.

When and Where
  • Auditions are held in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall
  • Sign up for an audition time or contact Kiah Williams at 801.915.7158 with any questions.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to rehearse with an accompanist and complete the audition form.
    • Auditions for returning members will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday
    • Auditions for new members will be held on Wednesday & Thursday
What to prepare
  • Solo Selection: bring a song of your choice (any genre) that requires piano accompaniment
  • If you do not have a solo song, the first verse of "Amazing Grace" or "America the Beautiful" will be provided
  • Please vocalize and be completely warmed-up prior to your audition. Practice room access is available at the Music and Theatre Box Office
Vocal Exercises
  • Dr. Quinn will play a series of vocal exercises to explore your range, tone, vibrato, etc
Musicianship Skills
  • Sight-sing 4–8 measures of an unfamiliar song (supplied at audition)
  • Clap and count an unfamiliar song (supplied at audition)
  • Sing a major scale upon request
Repertoire suggestions
  • In an audition, it is extremely important to choose a song that you truly love and one that you can sing expressively
  • Choose a song that highlights the beauty of your voice
  • Choose music that shows your vocal range. For example, if you are auditioning as a soprano, sing a song in the soprano range

Events

Westminster (Chorale) Community Choir

Community Choir

When and Where
  • Auditions for Westminster students/faculty will be from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Auditions for members of the community will be from 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Everyone ages 17–65 are welcome to audition. Experience with singing is not required but is a plus.
What to Prepare
  • Singers must come vocalized and ready to sing
  • The same sheet music will be handed out to everyone, to be sung together by section (i.e. Saprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
  • This is an open call. Just come between the times stated above. Be approximately 10 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Time Commitment
  • Weekly rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7:00–9:00 p.m. (for the fall semester)
  • An additional 1/2 hour sectional rehearsal directly before or after the 2-hour rehearsal twice monthly
  • One technical/dress rehearsal in December in the evening.
  • One concert in December in the evening

Instrumental

Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra

Lawrence Spell, conductor

lspell@westminstercollege.edu

Auditions

Auditions are required of all new community members of the orchestra. All interested community members should attend the first rehearsal in the Rehearsal Room (Ground Floor of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts). Returning orchestra members do not have to re-audition. Westminster students interested in joining the orchestra should contact conductor Lawrence Spell via email to discuss their music background.

Eligibility

The Chamber Orchestra is open to all Westminster students/faculty/staff, and members of the community. String, woodwind, brass, and percussion players are welcome! Intermediate to advanced instrumental proficiency is expected of everyone. At least one major concert is given on campus each semester, and some performances combine orchestral and choral forces. The class can be taken for credit or audited by Westminster students.

Audition Performance
  1. One major scale of your choice, three octaves if possible (memorized)
  2. One minor scale of your choice, two octaves (memorized)
  3. A prepared solo piece that represents your best playing. Please bring an extra photocopy of the score of your prepared piece.
  4. Sight reading of excerpts from the orchestral repertoire. Auditions do determine seating; however, we do not seat in rank order from top to bottom. Sections are balanced for strength and seating rotation is possible throughout the season.

To reserve an audition time and for directions, please contact Larry Spell at lspell@westminstercollege.edu

Uniforms

Concert black. Specifics regarding dress and the meaning of concert black will be attached to the syllabus each semester.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

David Halliday, Director

dhalliday@westminstercollege.edu

Auditions take place in the EEJC rehearsal room. Work with the acclaimed jazz musician David Halliday and get ensemble experience.

This ensemble is actively trained in the art of jazz improvisation and typically performs at least once a semester. Students may participate in this ensemble with instruments of their choice; the instrumental make-up of the group changes from semester to semester, depending on the instruments students bring.

Rehearsals will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. and can be taken for credit or no credit. This ensemble is open to all majors. For questions or more information about the Jazz Ensemble call 801.832.2457 or email dhalliday@westminstercollege.edu.

Vocal

Opera Studio

Rebecca Hansen as the Countess, JannaLyse Erickson as Susanna, and Anna Morris as Cherubino in a scene from

Isaac Hurtado, DMA, Director

Opera Studio gives young singers the chance to learn the art of singing on stage. Performance opportunities include fully staged operas with chamber ensemble, opera scenes and multiple other special events on and off campus. Students in the course will engage in character study through observation and improvisational exercises, with special emphasis given to the interpretation of music and the use of the singing voice as a crucial part of character development. Operatic repertory will focus on music composed up through the eighteenth century, operettas and contemporary chamber operas or musicals appropriate for young voices.

SugarTown Acappella

SugarTown Acappella

SugarTown is Westminster's pitch-perfect, gleeful mixed voice acappella group, singing and dancing their way through hip, contemporary and classical pop tunes for audiences on campus and in the community.

Would you Like SugarTown to Perform at Your Event?

Contact Professor Michael Chipman at 801.832.2440 or mchipman@westminstercollege.edu