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Prospective Student Auditions

  • Live Auditions are NOT required for regular admission to Emory. Admissions are administered by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Live Auditions ARE required to be considered for Merit Scholarships in Performance (Music Woodruff Awards, Music Liberal Arts Scholarships). More information can be found on the Scholarship page.
  • Students interested in the Music Major, Private Lessons or Ensembles are encouraged to submit online links of their recent performance to the appropriate Area Coordinator (see below) when applying to Emory in the Early Decision, Scholars, or Regular Decision application pools.

Questions? Contact the appropriate area coordinator below:

  • Prepare three jazz standards with contrasting tempos and styles, demonstrating the ability to state the melody, improvise and interact within a live trio or quartet setting.
  • Email Gary Motley,, with questions.
Submission Guidelines
  • Woodruff Live Auditions: prepare three contrasting pieces. The audition will include sightreading and an interview.
  • For Fall 2020 Auditions in the piano area will be conducted in the form of video submission. Please submit 1-2 pieces via YouTube to Dr. Cholakova at Contact Dr. Cholakova directly with any questions you might have.
  • Regular Auditions/Online Link: Prepare two contrasting works from memory that demonstrate your level of musical and technical achievement. Live auditions will include sightreading.
  • Email Dr. Elena Cholakova,, to schedule on-campus auditions and/or to send links.
Strings, Winds, and Percussion
  • Prepare two contrasting solo works from the standard repertoire that demonstrate both technical and lyrical playing. Two to three standard orchestral excerpts are also encouraged. The audition or links should total approximately 15 minutes in duration. Live auditions will include sightreading.
  • Email Dr. Paul Bhasin,, to schedule on-campus auditions and/or to send links.
  • Prepare two songs in contrasting styles from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras; one song may be from the musical theatre repertoire.
  • If performing a live audition, singers will be asked to sing chromatic, major and minor scales, as well as sightreading.
  • Singers should demonstrate their ability to sing on pitch, consistently performing accurate rhythms and notes, create musically interesting phrases and maintaining clear diction and expression.
  • Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, technique, rhythmic precision, musicianship, expressiveness and reading ability
  • Please use a recorded accompaniment for your singing audition
  • Email Bradley Howard,, to schedule Zoom auditions and to send links.