Prospective Student Auditions

Welcome! We are pleased that you are considering Music at Emory.

High-school seniors may audition in person or by recording (CD, DVD, or web upload):

  • to be eligible for a music major at Emory, provided you are admitted to Emory University

A live audition is required for the Woodruff Scholarship.

Music Department EnsemblesCollaborative piano students

High School students do not audition for ensemble enrollment prior to their arrival on campus.

Ensembles at Emory, except University Chorus, require an audition (U-Chorus requires a voice check). Ensemble membership is encouraged for all students enrolled at Emory, music majors and non-majors, and they take place at the beginning of every fall semester.

If you need assistance please email

Auditions for Prospective Students:

Content Requirements for On-Campus Auditions and Supplemental Materials

  • Many students audition live for the Music Major during the course of their senior year in high school; others wait until they arrive on campus as admitted Freshmen - either option is perfectly acceptable.
  • We advise that all students with an interest in the Music Major, Minor, individual lessons or participating in the ensembles submit a CD, DVD or links to their performance to the appropriate Area Coordinator in the Music Department when they apply to Emory in the Scholar, Early Decision or Regular Decision pools. (See below for Area Coordinators)
  • Students with an interest in music scholarships should click here to read about those opportunities.
  • The vast majority of undergraduates at Emory successfully pursue double majors, so a single subject such as Music is rarely the only choice in a student’s academic career path.

Specific Guidelines for Individual Performance Areas

Voice (Area Coordinator: Bradley Howard

Students should prepare two songs in contrasting styles. One of the selections may be from musical theatre repertoire. Recommended are songs from standard vocal repertoire from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras.

Singers should demonstrate their ability to sing on pitch consistently performing accurate rhythms and notes, create musically interesting phrases, and perform with clear diction and expression. Students will sing chromatic, major, and minor scales. A sight-reading excerpt will be provided. Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, technique, rhythmic precision, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.

Email Bradley Howard to schedule on-campus vocal auditions and/or to send links to solo, vocal performances.

Piano (Area Coordinator: Elena Cholakova

Students should prepare two contrasting works from memory which demonstrate their level of musical and technical achievement. Sight-reading will be included. Contact Dr. Cholakova by phone to schedule an audition (404-712-1194).

Strings, Winds, and Percussion

(Area Coordinators: Orchestral Studies (strings and harp)and Wind Studies (all winds and percussion): Paul Bhasin

Students should prepare two contrasting solo works from the standard solo/etude repertoire that demonstrate both technical and lyrical playing. These contrasting works may be individual movements from two separate works, or a single work with contrasting sections. 2-3 contrasting standard orchestral excerpts may also be added as supplemental material. Sight reading will be provided at the audition.

Percussion-specific audition information can be found here.

Jazz Ensembles and Combos (Area Coordinator: Gary Motley

Students should prepare three jazz standards with contrasting tempos and styles demonstrating their ability to state the melody, improvise and interact within a live trio or quartet setting. Pianists and guitarists should demonstrate their ability to comp and solo. Bassists should demonstrate their ability to create a walking bass line. Drummers should demonstrate their ability to use sticks, brushes and mallets and play contrasting styles such as swing (medium and up-tempo, bossa nova, etc.) Recommended tunes include: "Just Friends", "Out of Nowhere", "Time After Time", "Blue Bossa", "Straight, No Chaser", etc. Click here for submission guidelines.

University Admission and Tours

All students must be admitted to Emory University in order to pursue a music degree (bachelor of arts). Information on admission requirements, financial aid, tours, and other general information can be obtained from the Office of Admission at 404-727-6036;

General questions regarding the undergraduate music program should be directed to:

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Kristin Wendland

You can also email your questions to: