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):

Music Department Ensembles

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.

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Collaborative piano students

The Woodruff and Dean’s Music Scholarships

The Department of Music offers a number of Woodruff and Dean’s Music Scholarships for instrumental and vocal students.

Music Woodruff Scholarships can be full tuition or full tuition, room and board; Dean’s Music Scholarships can be half, two-thirds or full tuition. Scholarships are tenable for four years and are available to incoming freshmen only. Candidates for these scholarships must show exceptional promise and be playing at an advanced level.

Music Scholars are usually Music Majors but it is not a requirement to major in music as a recipient of the scholarship. It is actually quite typical of the vast majority of Emory undergraduates (upwards of 90%) to be double majors in a broad range of subjects while pursuing paths including pre-med, pre-law, business, the humanities, the pure sciences, social sciences and the Arts. The ensemble rosters for the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble are excellent examples of the diversity found in our community of music students.

Finalists for Music Scholarships will be invited to campus to participate in the Emory Scholar's Finalists Visit program to be held in late March/early April 2017.

Students interested in Music Scholarships should submit a music résumé and a DVD or CD recording representative of their performances, or links to online audio or video. Students are also strongly encouraged to consider an on-campus audition in the Fall to meet faculty and current students, take a consultation lesson, and experience the Music facilities and campus.

All applicants will be considered for both scholarships.

All materials must be submitted and live auditions completed by December 9, 2016.

Prospective students should submit all materials and any questions to Dr. Richard Prior, Director of Orchestral and Performance Studies and coordinator of the Music Scholarships.


Finalists for the Woodruff and Dean's Music Scholarship have been notified. Thank you to all who applied!

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 would however 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. Students with an interest in music scholarships should click here to read about those opportunities. It is well worth noting that 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

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.

Students should prepare two contrasting works from memory which demonstrate their level of musical and technical achievement. Sight-reading will be included. Email Dr. Ransom to schedule an audition.

Strings, Winds, and Percussion

Please refer to the Auditions page found here:

Jazz Ensembles and Combos
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: