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Music Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone perform in the music ensembles?

The Westminster Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra are open to all Westminster students, faculty, and staff. All students are eligible for the Chamber Singers and Opera Studio.

If I'm not pursuing a music degree, can I still take music courses for credit?

Yes. Certain music courses may be used to fulfill two liberal education distribution requirements, and they may also be taken for elective credit.

Can I take private lessons? How do I enroll?

Private lessons are available to all Westminster students, faculty, and staff. Extra music department paperwork is required prior to registration and a fee may apply in some cases. Contact Professor Michael Chipman for voice lessons or Professor Brandon Derfler for instrumental lessons.

What courses do you offer?

Westminster offers a wide variety of music courses that will develop your aural skills, knowledge of music theory, and music performance capabilities. In addition to these, you will study the history of Western music and have numerous opportunities to engage in elective courses on topics ranging from the Renaissance to Broadway. For a full list of music courses, click here.

What are the audition requirements for a Music Major or Minor?

Westminster Music Program

All prospective music majors or minors must audition for the Director of Music as follows:

  • Play or sing two contrasting classical or jazz works from memory on your major instrument/voice.

  • Provide your own accompanist or bring a recording/score of the accompaniment.

  • Present a complete and formal musical resume, with photo, detailing all solo and ensemble training, performing experience, and musical awards through high school. This can be completed through the audition application form.

When can I audition?

Auditions are held in February and March of each year. To begin the audition process, please fill out an audition application form. For more information about the audition process see the Music Program Auditions page.

What does it cost for concert attire?

Chamber Singers uniforms - dress or tuxedo - cost approximately $100 per person. There is no uniform cost for the instrumental ensembles, the Opera Studio, or for the Westminster Chorale.