Music Auditions

Welcome New Students!

Whether you intend to major in music or not, we welcome your participation in the music program at Willamette. There are many opportunities available to any student depending on musical background. Auditions for piano, voice, strings, winds and the various ensembles are held during Opening Days (see below). Sign-up sheets for individual audition times will be posted in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center and you must audition during these times. Please carefully read the information for the area of interest to you.



Music Theory Assessment
4:30 p.m.
Rogers Rehearsal Hall, Rogers Music Center
Required for all students pursuing a major or minor in music


Choir Auditions
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 117

Orchestra/String Auditions
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 114


Choir Auditions
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 117

Voice Studio Lesson Auditions
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Center

Piano Auditions
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 108

Instrumental Ensembles Information Meeting
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Rogers Rehearsal Hall, Rogers Music Center


Choir Auditions
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 117

Dramatic Vocal Arts Auditions
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Center

First Day of Classes


Choir Auditions
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 117

Woodwind/Percussion/Brass Auditions
9 a.m.-4 p.m..
Rogers Music Center 110

Jazz Auditions
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 110

Master Chorus Auditions
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 117


Woodwind/Percussion/Brass Auditions
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 110

Jazz Auditions
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 110

Master Chorus Auditions
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Rogers Music Center 117

Chamber Choir Callbacks
4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Rogers Rehearsal Hall, Rogers Music Center

Special Music Student Convo: Faculty Performance & Music Major Orientation
7 p.m.
Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Center

More Information

If you plan on being a music major you must take the Music Theory Assessment on Friday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m. For more information please read the Music Theory Assessment letter online from Professor Duerksen. A sample assessment is available online. Stop by the Music Office during the first week of classes to complete a Declaration of Music Major form. It will be helpful for you to obtain advising from a music faculty member to insure your enrollment in the appropriate classes for your specific music major (See the online list of faculty and music major advisors).

Music majors are required to attend the Student Recital Convos held on Tuesday at 11:30a.m. in Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Center.  For freshman music majors the required convocation attendance begins in the spring semester.  As noted above, a Special Music Convo is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 7pm in Hudson Hall and will include a Music Student Handbook orientation. This meeting is critical for those intending to major in music, so please be sure to attend.

If you have any questions with regard to auditions or the music program, please call the Music Department at (503) 370-6687 after August 15, 2016.

Applied Lesson Information

You must register for lessons during the first week of classes. The cost of 14 weekly one-half hour lessons is $340 and $680 for one-hour lessons per semester. If lessons are discontinued during the first three weeks, a pro-rated refund will be given. The deadline for a refund of lesson fees is exactly one week after the Registrar's official add-drop deadline each semester. A studio fee of $50 per semester will be charged to all students enrolled in applied lessons.

Voice and Piano Lessons

If you wish to study voice or piano, you will need to audition with the appropriate faculty who will assess your skills and make a teacher assignment (Please see the schedule above for audition times). For voice lessons, please plan to sing a prepared song (an accompanist will be provided). For piano lessons, please plan to play a prepared piece (these voice and piano pieces do not need to be memorized). If you are a beginner you must still attend an audition and speak with the faculty.

On the day following your audition, your teacher assignment will be posted outside the music office. It is important that you contact the instructor and schedule your lessons during the first week of classes.

Applied Lessons

If you plan to register for lessons on one of the following instruments, please contact the professor directly either by phone, e-mail or at the teaching studio listed below. Please come prepared with a schedule of your classes. If you are unable to reach an instructor, please contact the Music Department Administrative Assistant, Bonnie Balogh at (503) 370-6214 or Room 106 in Rogers Music Center and a message will be given to the instructor.

Bassoon Ann Kosanovic Brown 200 FAE (503) 370-6939
Cello Valdine Mishkin TBA TBA
Clarinet Colleen White 100 FAE (503) 375-5498
Drum Set Ryan Biesack 147 FAW (503) 375-5349
Flute Staff
Guitar John Doan 202 FAE (503) 370-6174
Harp Jeffrey Parsons 100 FAE (503) 370-6912
Horn Mike Hettwer 103 FAE (503) 370-6961
Jazz/Electr. Guitar Staff
Jazz Piano Julian Snow 215 FAE (503) 375-5482
Low Brass Carson Keeble 103 FAE (503) 370-6456
Oboe Catherine Lee 200 FAE (503) 375-5473
Organ Paul Klemme 103 RMC (503) 370-6255
Percussion Paul Owen 142 RMC (503) 370-6768
Saxophone Sean Flannery 100 FAE (503) 370-6933
String Bass Tyler Abbott 142 RMC (503) 375-5365
Trumpet Staff
Vibraphone Mike Horsfall 142 RMC (503) 375-5497
Violin Daniel Rouslin 222 FAE (503) 370-6454
Violin/Viola Holland Phillips (Lucy) 103 FAE (503) 370-6602

FAE - Fine Arts East
FAW - Fine Arts West
RMC - Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center

Ensemble Information

Instrumental Music

  • Professor James Miley, Director of Willamette University Jazz Collective
  • Professor Héctor Agüero, Director of Wind Ensemble and University Chamber Orchestra
  • Professor Daniel Rouslin, Director of Small Ensemble Program

Wind Ensemble – T,Th 4:45-6:15p (+ 1 Friday sectional each month), Rogers Rehearsal Hall.

The Willamette University Wind Ensemble is a large wind and percussion ensemble. This premier wind band performs music from a wide variety of styles, time periods, and traditions. Performances include two or three public concerts per semester. The Wind Ensemble is open to all students regardless of academic concentration. Auditions for the Wind Ensemble are held on the first two days of classes each semester in room 110 of the Rogers Music Center. An audition sign-up sheet will be posted on the band board in RMC one week before the first day of classes. Spring semester auditions occur in the same manner in early January. Those interested in auditioning for the University Wind Ensemble should prepare a short piece of music that best demonstrates their technical ability and tone quality. Students will also be asked to sight-read a short music excerpt. Willamette University students who wish to participate but do not own a personal instrument may rent a school-owned instrument at a rate of $25 per semester. All questions may be forwarded to

Willamette Jazz Collective – M,W,F 11:30-12:30p (+ 1 hour sectional each week), Fine Arts West 133.

The Willamette Jazz Collective performs the finest big band literature of the past and present, with particular emphasis on new music by leading composers in the field as well as contributions from emerging artists and student arrangers. In addition to hosting the annual Willamette University Jazz Festival the group performs regularly on campus and throughout the region. Open by audition to all Willamette University students.

Jazz Combos – 2 hours rehearsal each week, TBA.

Jazz small groups are scheduled according to interest, improvisational ability of students, and availability of rhythm section players. Each ensemble performs on campus each semester as part of the Bistro jazz series. Open by audition to all Willamette University students.

University Chamber Orchestra – M,W,F 11:30-12:30p, Rogers Rehearsal Hall.

The University Chamber Orchestra (UCO) is open by audition to all students of the University regardless of major. The UCO presents one full concert each semester in addition to the annual Parents-Family Weekend concert and special holiday performances. Spring semester may include pit-orchestra experience as part of the Dramatic Vocal Arts production. The UCO features the winner(s) of the WU Concerto/Aria Competition every spring semester. Repertoire for the UCO is comprised of music that encompasses many historical periods, cultural traditions, and compositional styles. Those interested in auditioning for the University Chamber Orchestra should prepare a short piece of music that best demonstrates their technical ability and tone quality. Students will also be asked to sight-read a short music excerpt.

The Small Ensemble Program

Instrumental chamber ensembles consist of string quartets, piano trios, the woodwind quintet, the baroque ensemble, the contemporary ensemble and the percussion ensemble. These groups meet for 2 hours a week—1 hour for coaching and 1 hour of rehearsal. In addition to performing each semester on campus, several of these ensembles perform off campus for the Camerata Musica series at the Salem Public Library.

Choral and Vocal Arts Activities

  • Professor Wallace H. Long, Jr., Director of Choral Activities, Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers
  • Professor Paul Klemme, Director of Male Ensemble Willamette and Willamette Master Chorus
  • Chris Engbretson, Director of Voce Femminile, University Women's Choir
  • Professor Allison Swensen-Mitchell, Director of Dramatic Vocal Arts

Our choral program is structured to provide a wide variety of music opportunities to students who have backgrounds which range from limited experience to years of training. Most of our groups have at least 70% of their membership made up of non-music majors. The audition for all choirs will include (1) an interview; (2) singing scales to find your range, and (3) sight reading both melodies and rhythms.

Voce Femminile – M,W,F 11:30a-12:30p, FAW 145 and Hudson Hall.
Male Ensemble Willamette – M,W,F, 11:30a-12:30p, FAW 145, and Hudson Hall.

These two groups will be of particular interest to those students who may not have had extensive choral experience and want to develop their reading skills and vocal technique. Other students join these groups for the opportunity to perform literature written exclusively for male or female voices or because they may not have the time to commit to our other more intensive ensembles. Each ensemble enrolls approximately 30-40 singers from a broad cross-section of majors on campus. The ensembles perform approximately four times yearly. Literature for Male Ensemble comes from the best of barbershop, doo-wop, popular, and classical music. Voce Femminile performs classical choral literature from a broad spectrum of historical periods. Twice yearly, the men and women combine to sing music composed for mixed voices. For your audition you will be asked to do rudimentary sight reading and vocalize to determine voice placement and group assignment.

Willamette Singers – T,TH 12:50-2:20p, Rogers Rehearsal Hall.

This group of 12 voices and jazz combo will concentrate on vocal jazz. Willamette Singers participates in a yearly tour and in recent years has traveled to Japan, Boston, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Chicago, Washington, Idaho, California and New York. Members must have significant experience in singing and/or instrument playing and are required to audition for entrance. Students interested in playing in the instrumental combo should audition during the special times for jazz instruments.

Chamber Choir – M,W,F 4:10-5:40p, Hudson Hall.

The choir consists of 36-44 singers and engages in a tour (usually taken during the winter break) as well as frequent on-campus performances. Literature is drawn from the best of classical repertoire from all historical periods. Members must have significant experience in singing and are required to audition for entrance.

Willamette Master Chorus – M 7-9:30p, Hudson Hall.

Master Chorus combines vocalists from the Salem community with Willamette students to form a 60-member choir. The group specializes in performing large choral works with orchestra and gives concerts three to four times annually. Members have significant experience in singing and are required to audition for entrance.

Dramatic Vocal Arts – T,TH 3:30-5:30p, Hudson Hall.

The Dramatic Vocal Arts workshop offers students a rich experience with opera performance and production, along with an in-depth integration of singing, stage movement, and character development. The Dramatic Vocal Arts ensemble presents one full production each year, with full costumes, stage setting, and orchestral accompaniment provided by the University Chamber Orchestra. Recent productions include Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, Cosi Fan Tutte by W.A. Mozart, Our Town by Ned Rorem, Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, Bizet’s Carmen, The Secret Garden, a musical, by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart and the most recent production, Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. The ensemble is open to Willamette University students by audition.