Sharp. Inspiring. Leaders.
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 it.
Whether you want to inspire others through music education, explore the opportunities of the performing arts or hone your playing skills by performing for campus and community— the music department is where you can do it all while learning and training alongside talented staff and professors.
Named an All-Steinway School in 2011, the music department gives students the best opportunity to practice and grow into refined musicians and educators throughout the course of several academic programs. As a student in the music department, you’ll master the principles and skills that will allow you to enter into whatever musical arena you choose. And do so with the rhythm and cadence you learn here at Georgia College.
2015 Audition dates for incoming students (Freshmen and Transfer Students)
- Aug. 14, 2015
- Nov. 21, 2015
- Feb. 6, 2016
- March 5, 2016
Entrance/scholarship auditions for incoming students are held several times each spring.
Students interested in music can join one or several clubs and organizations on campus.
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 imageCenter 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) for more information.
Department of Music
202 Porter Hall | Campus Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-8289
Fax: (478) 445-1633