Auditions

Audition Dates

2021-2022 Audition dates for incoming students (Freshmen and Transfer Students)

If you choose to audition via video, please read the following document with information on how to create a quality video recording: click here

August 5, 2021:

November 13, 2021:

February 5, 2022

March 5, 2022

April 1, 2022 (limited scholarship availability)

AUDITION APPLICATION

Audition Information

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 coursework.  The student may audition live, in-person, on one of the above dates or may submit a video performance. Either method will suffice to determine entrance to the program. If submitting a video, the student may be requested to perform a live follow-up audition (either via livestream or in-person) for scholarship consideration. Students auditioning live, in-person, will not need a follow-up audition for scholarship consideration. 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 (which does not count toward the major). 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.

Piano

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 scales (4 octaves, ascending and descending, hands together) and an excerpt of sight-reading.

Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass 

Prepare two pieces for the audition—We suggest:

(1) one etude or solo piece of the student’s choice from composers such as Kreutzer, Dont, Rode, Mazas, Kayser, Sebastian Lee, Simandl, Bach, Paganini, Popper, Wolfhart, or any solo piece/ etude of a similar level.

(2) Also, prepare one movement from the standard repertoire such as a sonata, concerto, or show piece.

(3) Lastly, students will also be asked to play one major and one minor scale in two or three-octaves with the corresponding arpeggios and a brief excerpt of sight-reading. These audition requirements remain the same for Music Therapy students.

Guitar

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.

Winds

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

Prepare two contrasting solos (or movements) or etudes, one demonstrating technical facility and one demonstrating lyrical playing. Suggested pieces include works by Eccles, Creston, Glazunov (two contrasting sections, instead of movements, required), Heiden, Maurice, and Rueff. Etudes may come from collections by Ferling, Lacour, or Voxman. If you have questions about the suitability of your repertoire, please contact Dr. Allen at andrew.allen@gcsu.edu. Applicants may also be asked to play scales, as well as a short sight reading excerpt. An accompanist is not required, but one may be provided upon request.

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.

Percussion

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.)

Voice

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. 

Other Information

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.

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