In general, Westwinds members self-place themselves into a group based on their own experience, skill and comfort level.
Entry into Jazz ensembles at the Gold and Jazz Orchestra level are at the discretion of the group Director.
Singers interested in joining the Choral Ensemble must attend a musical interview that will cover the following criteria:
- A vocalise that demonstrates quality of singing tone, flexibility, agility, range, and accuracy of pitch.
- A brief sight-singing example and rhythm to clap to demonstrate sight reading/rhythmic skills and basic theoretical knowledge
- A brief song or melody chosen by the singer that demonstrates musicality, expression, beauty of tone, and interpretive qualities. Examples: (from jwpepper.com : 12 Folk Songs for Singers “A Roving”, mm. 13-24 ; American Folk Songs for Solo Singers “How Can I keep From Singing?”, mm. 6-13. Other examples: Amazing Grace, Oh Shenandoah, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
Please watch our Home page for a SignUp Genius! link to the Audition time slots.
Those groups which do not Audition may participate in a Placement process. The Placement process is designed to assess the member's musical ability, to assist in determining whether they are in the right group and to assess their place within that group.
Placements are conducted by professional Clinicians.