Prospective Student Auditions

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

Auditions for Prospective Students:

  • The admissions process for all prospective undergraduates is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. An audition is not required for admission to Emory. Rather, admitted students with an interest in performance are are welcome to audition once they arrive on campus as 1st year students for all performing ensembles, applied lessons, chamber music, and the Music Major/Minor in Performance.
  • An audition is required for all students seeking to be considered for merit scholarships in performance (including the Music Woodruff awards & Music Liberal Arts Scholarships).  Visit our scholarships page for more information.
  • We advise that all students with an interest in the Music Major, Minor, individual lessons or participating in performing ensembles submit online links of their recent performances to the appropriate Area Coordinator in the Music Department when they apply to Emory in the Early Decision, Scholars, or Regular Decision application pools. (See below for specific guidelines and Area Coordinators' contact information.) Contact the appropriate Area Coordinator (below) for more information.
  • 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 Audition Requirements 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 email to schedule an audition.

For Woodruff Scholarships the required piano repertoire is 3 contrasting pieces, sight reading exercises and an interview.

Strings, Winds, and Percussion

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

For scholarship auditions and online performance links, prospective students should prepare 2 contrasting solo works from the standard repertoire that demonstrate both technical and lyrical playing. 2-3 standard orchestral excerpts (of the student’s choice) are also encouraged. These contrasting works should total approximately 15 minutes in duration and may be individual movements from two separate works, or a single work with contrasting sections.  Sight reading will be provided at the audition.  Visit ourscholarships page for more information.

Percussion-specific audition information can be found here.

Email Dr. Paul Bhasin  to schedule on-campus scholarships auditions and/or to send online performance links.

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: