Passionate. Personalized. GC Music.
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.
Read the inaugural issue of the Music Department's bi-annual newsletter!
NATS Success for two Georgia College Students!
Georgia NATS is part of the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. Nine GC students represented Georgia College at the annual student auditions sponsored by the Georgia chapter of the NATS on October 27th and 28th at the University of Georgia in Athens. The event included almost 400 singers from across the state’s university and private sector.
Two GC students placed or won their categories:
Turner Howell, winner, second-year classical collegiate men, Category 8B
(Student of Dr. Bonnie Von Hoff; former student of Mr. Khary Wilson)
Ansley Montgomery, 3rd, second-year classical collegiate women, Category 7B-3
(Student of Dr. Youngmi Kim; former student of Mr. Khary Wilson)
Congratulations to winners and participants!
Hear what our students have to say about the Music Department at Georgia College!
Jeff Coffin performs with the Georgia College Jazz Band at Jazz Fest
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, senior music education major
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
2017-2018 Audition dates for incoming students (Freshmen and Transfer Students)
- April 20, 2018
- August 2018 (TBA)
Entrance/scholarship auditions for incoming students are held several times each spring.
A) Entrance Audition:
To be accepted to the music program, each prospective incoming music major and minor, freshman or transfer, must successfully pass an entrance audition and interview. The purpose of this audition/interview is to evaluate the student's level of preparation upon entering Georgia College and to acquaint the music faculty with the student's potential. The audition must be completed before a student can be placed in the proper course work. For those students who have not auditioned before registration, an audition date will be offered during the week before the semester begins, or they may audition during the regularly scheduled audition dates found on the Music Department website. If students do not audition, they will be placed in pre-music major coursework (does not count toward the major). Music Therapy students must successfully audition for the Music Department faculty, in addition to their Music Therapy Entrance Requirements. Any student not registered for applied lessons for more than two consecutive semesters must re-audition for acceptance into the program.
B) Requirements of the Entrance Audition/Interview:
Note: New age, popular, jazz, Christian contemporary, country, and other similar styles of music are not permitted for any audition.
Prepare two memorized solo compositions from contrasting time periods (i.e., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century-present) and from the standard classical piano repertoire, one representing technical facility and one demonstrating lyrical playing. Applicants will also be asked to play all major and minor scales, 4 octaves, ascending and descending, hands together, and an excerpt of sight-reading.
For Music Therapy students with a piano emphasis, the repertoire, scale and sight-reading requirements remain the same. Music Therapy students are only required to memorize one of the two works.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Prepare two pieces for the audition--one etude of student’s choice from studies such as Kreutzer Forty-Two Studies or Sebastian Lee Forty Melodic Studies, Op.31, and one solo piece or movement from the standard repertoire such as a sonata or concerto.
Students will also be asked to play one major scale and one minor scale for two or three-octave scale and corresponding arpeggios, and an excerpt of sight-reading. These audition requirements remain the same for Music Therapy students.
Prepare two contrasting solos (or movements), or études, from contrasting time periods from the standard repertoire for your instrument, one demonstrating technical facility and one demonstrating lyrical playing. Diabelli, Pagannini, Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani, Carulli are great composers to start with; or any selection from Guitar Level Two Repertoire and Etudes (Royal Conservatory Music Development Program). Applicants will also be asked to play a position (across the neck) major scale. All audition requirements will be played using finger-style guitar technique and not a pick.
If you feel you need some guidance to get you through the audition process, you may register for MUAP 1000 or make other arrangements with your applied professor.
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, & Bassoon
Prepare two contrasting solos (or movements), or etudes, from contrasting time periods from the standard repertoire for your instrument, one demonstrating technical facility and one demonstrating lyrical playing. Applicants may also be asked to play several two-octave major scales with arpeggios, and a short sight-reading excerpt. An accompanist is not required, however, students are welcome to bring their own accompanist, or one may be provided upon request. These audition requirements remain the same for Music Therapy students.
Saxophone, all Brass instruments
Prepare two contrasting solos (or movements), or etudes, from the standard repertoire for your instrument, one demonstrating technical facility and one demonstrating lyrical playing. Applicants may also be asked to play several major scales with arpeggios, and a short sight reading excerpt. An accompanist is not required, however, students are welcome to bring their own accompanist, or one may be provided upon request. These audition requirements remain the same for Music Therapy students.
All applicants must perform on snare drum, keyboard, and timpani. Drumset is optional, but encouraged. Sight reading may be requested on all required instruments.
Prepare the following:
- One rudimental solo and one concert snare solo of the student's choice.
- One mallet solo (e.g., Green ragtime solo or marimba solo) of student's choice
- One four drum timpani solo piece (not Elliot Carter) of student's choice and demonstration of tuning capabilities
- Drumset (optional)-Demonstration of various styles (e.g., Rock, Funk, Swing, Latin, etc.)
Prepare two memorized selections; (1) a classical art song in Italian, French, German, Spanish, or English; (2) a classical art song, folk song arrangement, or lyrical Broadway piece composed before 1950.
All selections must be accompanied by piano. No prerecorded or CD accompaniments are permitted. An accompanist will be provided; however, a singer may choose to use his/her own accompanist. Students will have the opportunity to briefly rehearse with the accompanist prior to the audition.
Examples of appropriate repertoire can be found in the following vocal publications:
- 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Hal Leonard Publishing)
- 26 Italian Songs and Arias (Alfred Music Publishing)
- 30 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Peters Edition)
- The First Book of Solos Series (Hal Leonard Publishing)
- Easy Songs for Beginning Singers (Hal Leonard Publishing)
- Pathways of Song (Alfred Music Publishing)
- Singer’s Library of Song (Alfred Music Publishing)
- Standard Vocal Literature (Hal Leonard Publishing)
- Folk Songs for Solo Singers (Alfred Music Publishing)
Prospective vocal students will also be asked to sight-read a short melodic and rhythmic passage to demonstrate musicianship skills.
Students will be asked to fill out a form that summarizes their musical training and experience (i.e., method books used, studies and literature studied). An audition recording may be used (video only) or a Skype audition may be used in cases where a live audition is impractical. However, such students, having been accepted into the department, will perform in an audition at the beginning of their first term, before they register for applied study. The student may also be asked to play all major and minor scales, multiple octaves ascending and descending, and an excerpt of sight-reading.
Students interested in music can join one or several clubs and organizations on campus.
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 email@example.com, and your inquiry will be forwarded to the faculty director.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Department of Music
202 Porter Hall | Campus Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-8289
Fax: (478) 445-1633