Department of Music

Passionate. Personalized. GC Music.

In the Georgia College Department of Music, we don’t just teach you how to weave your talents into a creative career. We show you how to live your passion.

Whether you want to inspire others to teach music, explore the interconnected opportunities of the performing arts, or hone your playing skills by performing for audiences locally and internationally—the department of music is where you can do it all while learning and training alongside talented, engaged and dynamic faculty and staff.

We are an All-Steinway School with large and small ensemble opportunities available for strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice and piano, but what distinguishes us is our role as Georgia's public liberal arts university. We believe in a well-rounded, comprehensive education and combine the personalized atmosphere of a private college with the affordability of a public university.

Our music majors’ liberal arts knowledge is developed through our core curriculum which includes courses in English composition and literature; foreign languages; history, social studies, and philosophy; visual and performing arts; science and mathematics; and distinctive GC courses which emphasize critical thinking and global perspectives. Musicianship is addressed through the core music courses which include applied study, small and large ensembles, piano classes, theory, aural skills, recital attendance, history, conducting, and a culminating senior project. The Bachelor of Arts degree features a choice of electives. One elective option is music education; pre-requisites for the MAT consist of undergraduate music education courses. The BA in music is also an excellent option for students who plan to double major.
 
Our BA in Music is aligned closely with the liberal arts mission of GC and prepares students for a wide range of careers and advanced study. The BA is a liberal arts degree which provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world as well as in-depth study in music. Students acquire a comprehensive set of academic skills while also specializing and honing specific skill sets within their chosen area in music. The liberal arts nurture flexible interaction with our constantly fluctuating society, and encourage students to observe, analyze, communicate, investigate, and problem solve, all which are relevant life skills. 

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In the Spotlight

Jeff Coffin performs with the Georgia College Jazz Band at Jazz Fest (2017)

Georgia College always does its best to bring in professionals that exemplify the best in the field, and working with Jeff Coffin really solidified Georgia College's commitment for me. Providing a model is crucial in the development of students, and like Bill Watrous and Victor Goines in the previous years, Jeff Coffin served as that model for all of the students that were able to work with him.

- Ryan Johnson, BA (Music Education) '17

Our Artists-in-Residence: Kazanetti String Quartet 

Performing and teaching together since 1996, the Kazanetti String Quartet is an award-winning group that has distinguished itself across the country through its diverse programming and its commitment to excellence. Newly-appointed Artists-in-Residence at Georgia College, Kazanetti’s mission statement—to serve, to enrich, and to educate through the voice of music—embodies its desire to make music available to everyone. Recently, Kazanetti returned from France as one of the selected quartets to perform at the Debussy Conference in Paris and has expanded its classical programs through collaboration with many artists and other professionals including the internationally-acclaimed Manhattan String Quartet, Academy Award nominee Mary Badham (To Kill a Mockingbird), and world guitarist Pierre Bensusan. In addition to its recent Georgia College appointment, the Quartet maintains its residency at The Plaza Arts Center in neighboring Eatonton. The ensemble plays an active role in education and continues to make a substantial impact on the arts with its highly innovative and successful concert series, kazanetti4kids, a program that integrates music, reading, and literacy with the core academic curriculum. Committed to arts advocacy and community engagement, the Kazanetti String Quartet maintains partnerships with organizations such as the Chattahoochee Nature Center and the Atlanta History Center. For more information, please visit www.kazanetti.com

Students interested in music can join one or several clubs and organizations on campus:

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional music fraternity for women. Its purpose is to foster interest in music and to promote social contact among persons sharing an interest in music.  The Beta Rho Chapter at Georgia College, founded on April 17, 1953, is the second oldest chapter in Georgia.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, founded in 1898, is a national fraternity for men. It is open to all men who have an interest in music, regardless of major. The Eta Alpha Chapter was the first fraternity formally established on campus at Georgia College.
The American Choral Directors Association is dedicated to the advancement of choral music. Student ACDA provides opportunities for professional development for college students through participation in regional and national conventions.
NAfME, the National Association for Music Education, is the leading organization for music education in the United States. Collegiate NAfME (formerly CMENC) is the student division of NAfME and provides opportunities for professional development for college students.

 

Performance Ensembles

The music department has a number of chamber ensembles of like instruments that are coached by faculty and rehearse weekly. Students typically play alone on their part, and the ensembles perform at least some works without a conductor. The music tends to be challenging, but anyone (including non-majors) can sign up for chamber ensembles. Repertoire changes each semester depending on the group composition. For information on any of these ensembles, please email smallensembles@gcsu.edu, and your inquiry will be forwarded to the faculty director.

  • Brass Ensemble: Dr. Cliff Towner
  • Flute Choir: Lisa Bartholow
  • Guitar Ensemble: Dr. Dusty Woodruff
  • Percussion Ensemble: Dr. Nathaniel Gworek
  • Saxophone Quartet: Dr. Stephen Fischer
  • String Chamber Ensemble: Dr. William McClain 
  • Woodwind Chamber Ensemble: Rebecca Cooke 

The Georgia College Jazz Band has, for years, been known as one of the top jazz ensembles in the state. With a long tradition of excellence, the jazz band continues to amaze audiences with its entertaining and energetic performances. With performances annually throughout the state of Georgia and the southeastern United States, the group was recently selected to perform at the prestigious Kravis Byron Stripling Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach Florida as the  feature group on their Jazz Festival. These performances in the spring of 1999 and 2000 featured guest artist like jazz trumpet player Byron Stripling and the world famous jazz trombonist, Bill Watrous. In addition to West Palm Beach the GC Jazz Band has performed in Jacksonville, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and in the Orlando area.

Max Noah Singers (MNS) is a choral organization made up of select singers with an emphasis on the study and performance of a variety of literature from madrigals and motets to the avant garde. MNS is open by audition to all members of the university community.

MNS has performed a number of premieres of commissioned works by such composers as Douglas O’Grady and Leanne Benson. In addition to participating in the mostly classically based concerts with University Chorus and Women's Ensemble, MNS also presents concerts with popular solo and ensemble music in a themed atmosphere, such as the annual Valentine’s Day Rendezvous; these concerts serve as fundraisers for tour expenses and allow the singers to travel without having to pay much toward the trip.

MNS takes a five-day performance, recruiting and outreach tour each year in December after finals; past destinations include Nashville, Tennessee; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Orlando, Florida (Walt Disney World); and Washington, D.C.. Members of MNS also represent Georgia College at the annual Georgia Music Educators Association All-College Chorus.

The group rehearses three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 1 to 1:50 p.m., in Max Noah Recital Hall. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Flory (jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu) or see choral.gcsu.edu for more information.

The GC Orchestra is a string ensemble comprised of GC students (music majors and non-music majors), faculty and community members.  The purpose of the ensemble is to improve skill and to cover a variety of repertoire fostering students' musical development.

The ensemble rehearses twice a week and performs several concerts each semester.  This course can be used as a required ensemble for music majors who perform on an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass.) This course can also be used as an elective for all university students.

University Chorus (UC) is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles and is open to all members of the university community. Students who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills.

In the past five years, UC has performed a number of choral masterworks with instrumental ensembles and professional vocal soloists. These works include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Hymne, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Elgar’s Spanish Serenade and Hamilton’s Christmas Come In!.

 

UC rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Max Noah Recital Hall. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Flory (jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu) for more information.

The Georgia College Wind Symphony is open by audition to all GC students, regardless of their major. Students who were involved with their high school ensembles are encouraged to continue their performance experience at the college level and the GC Wind Symphony serves as a great opportunity to further your musical experiences. 

The performance group places an emphasis on reading experiences in a wide variety of standard and new band literature. In recent years the GC Wind Symphony has featured guest conductors like Steven Reineke and David Holsinger who rehearse the group and conduct on concerts featuring their music.   

The Georgia College Wind Symphony rehearses three days a week. The only activities scheduled out of this regular class meeting time are dress rehearsals, performances and social activities. Students receive one hour of academic credit for each semester they participate in the Wind Symphony.

Women's Ensemble (WE), open to all female members of the university community, is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles specifically for women’s voices. All female students who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills.

WE was reconstituted in 2006 and since then has performed a variety of works for treble voices including two world premieres: Emma Lou Diemer’s Five Limericks with two pianos and percussion, and David Hamilton's Serenade with orchestra.

WE rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m., in Max Noah Recital Hall. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Flory (jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu) for more information.

Music Theatre Scenes includes the study and performance of scenes excerpted from music theater and operetta. The course is open by audition to all members of the university community. In this course, students build competence in all areas of the field of acting, including voice, movement, characterization, historical style, and scene study. Music Theatre Scenes meets twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:45pm in Max Noah Recital Hall. Please contact Dana Gorzelany-Mostak (dana.gorzelany@gcsu.edu) for more information.

  

The Cat's Meow (TCM) is Georgia College’s newest choral organization, comprised of twelve to sixteen select singers who focus on the study and performance of popular contemporary music in the collegiate a cappella style. TCM performs music similar to the groups featured on NBC's The Sing-Off or the film Pitch Perfect. The group is open by audition to all members of the university community. The Cat's Meow performs for a variety of organizations and events throughout the year, including some GC Choral Ensembles concerts and Max Noah Singers' Tour and Valentine's Day Rendezvous. TCM performed as an exhibition group at the National A Cappella Convention in April 2017.

Opera Scenes includes the study and performance of scenes taken from various operas/operettas spanning the Baroque to the contemporary period. Participants are expected to sing in Italian, German, and French. Students enrolled in voice and non-major voice are encouraged to audition. This course is repeatable for credit. Permission of the instructor and an audition are required at the end of the previous semester. Opera Scenes meets twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:45pm in Max Noah Recital Hall. Please contact Dr. Youngmi Kim (youngmi.kim@gcsu.edu) for more information.

 

Contact Us 

Department of Music
202 Porter Hall  |  Campus Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-8289
Fax: (478) 445-1633
Email: music@gcsu.edu