Auditions for Incoming Freshmen and
Current Emory Students
Please note: Auditions are held at the beginning of every Fall Semester
Prospective Students: Click Here for Audition Information
For Ensembles, Music Major, and Private Lessons for academic credit.
Students will audition IN PERSON beginning the first few days of the Fall Semester.
Auditions must be completed by the end of the schedule change period.
Emory Ensembles and Private Lessons are open by audition to all Emory students, majors and non-majors, for academic credit.
Strings, Orchestra, Chamber Music
Students should prepare two contrasting excerpts; one lyrical in a moderate tempo and one technical in a faster tempo, comprising 4-6 minutes of music. Standard solo, orchestral and etude repertoire are all appropriate. Selected major and minor scales will be asked; a sight-reading excerpt will be provided. Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.
Please refer to Emory Symphony Orchestra Website for more details.
These auditions (excluding jazz) are held in the Schwartz Center. Enter via the North Lobby (facing the Goizueta Business School courtyard) to the hallway outside of room 210 - please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your audition time - to check in and warm up.
Dr. Richard Prior
Director of Orchestral Studies
Winds, Percussion, Wind Ensemble
Wind players should prepare two contrasting excerpts, one fast and technical / one slow and lyrical, from the standard solo or etude repertoire for your instrument, comprising 3-4 minutes of music total. Selected chromatic and major scales may be asked, and sight-reading excerpt will be provided. Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, technique, rhythmic precision, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.
Percussionists should prepare one excerpt each on at least two different instruments (snare drum, timpani, and/or mallets). Instruments will be provided, but students should bring their own sticks and mallets.
These auditions (excluding jazz) are in the Schwartz Center. Enter via the North Lobby (facing the Goizueta Business School courtyard) to the hallway outside of room 210 - please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your audition time - to check in and warm up.
Please refer to Emory Wind Ensemble Website for more details.
Dr. Scott Stewart
Director of Wind Studies
Jazz Ensembles and Combos
Students should prepare two 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. Students will be required to sight read as a part of the audition. If sending a CD, please, clearly print your name, instrument and contents of the recording (15 min. max). All jazz ensemble auditions are held at the beginning of the fall semester.
Director of Jazz Studies
Dr. Eric Nelson
Director of Concert Choir
Audition is required. Students should bring a prepared piece, if possible. Ability to sightread is imperative.
Please visit the Concert Choir Website for more details.
Please visit the Choral Studies Page for more details.
U-Chorus placement auditions
Dr. Eric Nelson
Director of University Chorus
For questions please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Voice Major/Voice Lessons Auditions
Students should prepare 2 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.
On-Campus Vocal Auditions for this academic year:
Email Bradley Howard for on-campus vocal audition dates; or if you wish to send in a DVD - please send it directly to Bradley Howard, 1804 North Decatur Road, suite 230 Atlanta, GA 30322.
Director of Vocal Studies
Please email Rylan Smith for details about guitar auditions.
Students should prepare two contrasting works from memory that demonstrate their level of musical and technical achievement. Sight-reading will be included.
To schedule your audition look for the sign-up sheet posted on the door to Dr. Ransom's office: Schwartz 336; or contact Dr. Ransom via email.
Dr. William Ransom
Director of Piano Studies
Pianists interested in performing chamber music literature with another instrument may enroll in Collaborative Piano. Contact the instructor below for audition information.
Director of Performance Studies
World Music Ensembles
Ensembles may include South Indian classical music, North Indian classical music, Central Javanese gamelan, West Javanese gamelan, Indonesian angklung, and Korean percussion. No auditions necessary; requirements for prior musical experience may vary for each ensemble. Contact the director for enrollment information.
Dr. Tong Soon Lee
Director of World Music Program
General questions regarding the undergraduate music program should be directed to:
Director of Undergraduate Studies