Department of Music
College of Arts and Humanities

Undergraduate Music Minor Applications

Follow the steps below to complete your application to become an Undergraduate Music Minor.

1) Apply to the University

2) Apply to the Department

  • Music Minors in Applied Music (instrumental/vocal) reserve audition slots on the following dates through the online application.
  • If you are applying for a Music Minor in Music Technology or a Music Minor in History and Literature, you do not need to audition.

Spring 2020 Audition Dates:
Statesboro Campus:
Voice and Piano: February 6, February 27
Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings: February 13, February 20, March 6, April 3*
Armstrong Campus:
TBD
Video Auditions:
Due March 15 Submit your video audition here
*NOTE: Scholarship decisions are made in late March. April 3 is a non-scholarship audition day.

3) Audition to become a music minor – Applied Music only.

Music Minors in the Applied Area must complete an entrance audition in addition to the standard application process. See the appropriate area below for audition requirements in your specific area.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Woodwinds

Audition Requirements: Music Majors

1. A prepared piece or pieces (solo or etude) which you feel best demonstrates your technique, tone, and musicality. Music should be 3-5 minutes in length, from a traditional etude book and/or solo repertoire. Please bring 2 copies of your prepared music.

2. All Major Scales and a Chromatic Scale over the full practical range of your particular instrument.

3. Sight-Reading Please bring or send in advance a copy of your transcript, your SAT or ACT scores and at least two confidential letters of recommendation – one of which must be from your private teacher or music director.

Audition Requirements: Non-music Majors

1. A prepared piece or pieces (solo or etude) which you feel best demonstrates your technique, tone, and musicality. Music should be 3-5 minutes in length, from a traditional etude book and/or solo repertoire. Please bring 2 copies of your prepared music.

2. All Major Scales and a Chromatic Scale over the full practical range of your particular instrument.

Please bring or send in advance a copy of your SAT or ACT scores, and at least two confidential letters of recommendation – one of which must be from your private teacher or music director.

Brass

I. SOLO REPERTOIRE.
Prospective brass students wishing to be considered for entrance to the
Georgia Southern University Department of Music as Music Majors must
be prepared to play two pieces; one that demonstrates technical ability,
the other emphasizing lyrical style (or two such contrasting sections from
the same work). In preparing for the audition, please note that you should select pieces that demonstrate your best levels of musicianship. We are looking for evidence of solid fundamentals in tone, intonation, tempo, rhythm, range, technique, and lyrical ability. The following list of etudes and solos represents acceptable literature. It is offered as a source of suggestions; comparable works chosen outside this list may be substituted.NOTE: All-State Etudes are not appropriate audition material. Please bring two (2) copies of your prepared music to your audition.

A. Trumpet

Etudes:
Arban: Characteristic Studies from Complete Conservatory
Method
Bousquet: 36 Celebrated Studies
Brandt: 34 Studies
Charlier: 36 Transcendental Etudes
Hering: 23 Orchestral Studies for the Advanced Trumpeter
Tull: Eight Profiles

Solos :
Balay: Andante et
Allegretto
Corelli: Sonata VIII
Goedicke: Concert Etude
Handel/Fitzgerald: Aria con Variazioni
Haydn: Concerto
Hindemith: Sonate
Hummel: Concerto
Kennan: Sonata
Ropartz: Andante et Allegro

B. Horn

Etudes:
Gallay: 12 Studies for Horn, Opus 57
Gallay: 22 Studies for Horn, Opus 58
Kopprasch: 60 Selected Studies for Horn (Vol. 1 or 2)
Pottag: Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work for French Horn

Solos:
Glazounow: Reverie, Op. 24
Hindemith: Sonata for Horn
Mozart: Concerto No. 1or 3 (movement 1, no cadenza required)
Saint-Saens: Morceau de Concert (any two pages)
Strauss, Franz: Concerto, Op. 8
Strauss, Richard: Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 (any movement)

C. Tenor Trombone / Euphonium

Etudes:
Blume: 36 Studies for Trombone
Kopprasch: 60 Selected Studies for Trombone
Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone, vol I
Tyrrell: 40 Progressive Studies for Trombone
Voxman: Selected Studies for Trombone

Solos:
Barat: Andante et Allegro
Boda: Sonatina for Trombone
Galliard: 6 Sonatas for Trombone and Piano (vol 1 or 2) (anyone of six)
Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
Ropartz: Andante et Allegro

D. Bass Trombone / Tuba

Etudes:
Bordogni: 43 Bel Canto Studies for Tuba (or Bass Trombone)
Blazhevich: 70 Studies for BBb Tuba, vol I
Fink: Studies in Legato for Bass Trombone and Tuba
Pederson: Elementary Etudes for Bass Trombone
Tyrrell: Advanced Studies for BBb Bass

Solos:
Barat: Introduction and Dance for Tuba and Piano
Capuzzi: Introduction and Rondo (adapted for Tuba and Piano– Catelinet)
Haddad: Suite for Tuba
Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement (Bass Trombone and Piano)
Marcello: Sonata No. 5 in C Major (arr. for Tuba and Piano)
McCarty: Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano
Ostrander: Sonata in G Minor for Bass Trombone Solo
Spillman: Concerto
Stevens: Sonatina

II. SCALES.

A. Trumpet
1. All major scales from memory; two octaves (to high C) preferred.
2. Chromatic scale from low F# to high C and back down.

B. Horn
1. All major scales from memory; two octaves preferred.
2. Chromatic scale from low F up to as high as you can play and back down.

C. Tenor Trombone / Euphonium
1. All major scales from memory; two octaves preferred.
2. Chromatic scale from low E up to as high as you can play and back down.

D. Bass trombone / Tuba
1. All major scales from memory; two octaves preferred.
2. Chromatic scale from low E up to as high as you can play and back down.

III. Sightreading.
A short excerpt will be provided for potential music majors to perform. Sightreading is not a required component for those auditioning to be a music minor

IV. PITCH MATCHING.
You will be asked to vocally match pitches by singing back a series of notes that we will play on piano.

V. Additional information.
Please bring or send in advance a copy of your transcript, your SAT or ACT scores, and at least two confidential letters of recommendation – one of which

Percussion

Percussion students who wish to be admitted into the Department of Music should prepare to audition in these areas: snare drum, mallet-keyboard, timpani. If not proficient in all three areas, students should audition in the areas that represent their best playing.

Each audition selection should be limited to a maximum of three minutes per area. Excerpts from solo literature and etudes are acceptable. Percussion parts from band/ensemble literature should be avoided. There is not a particular list of literature from which a student must choose. Selected pieces should be chosen that display a student’s performance strengths.

Auditionees will also be asked to perform basic rudiments on snare drums, as well as scales on mallets. There will also be sight-reading on snare drum and mallets.

The following should be brought to the audition (or sent in advance):
• A copy of high school transcripts
• SAT or ACT scores
• At least two letters of recommendation, one being from a private teacher or music director
• An extra copy of the audition music

Voice

Audition Information for Potential Music Majors

Prospective Music Majors and Minors must successfully complete an Entrance Audition prior to acceptance into any music degree. The Entrance Audition will also serve as the Scholarship Audition for qualified students (majors only). Although all potential majors will be considered for scholarships, preference will be given to students who audition prior to March 15th of their senior year.

Vocal Area Entrance Audition Requirements

Performance of 2 songs
– Memorized
– Both of a classical nature (Art Song/Aria)
– One in a foreign language

Theory and Sight Singing Exam

Interview with the Vocal/Choral Faculty

Each applicant must provide a copy of their academic transcript and at least one letter of reference. Please bring these items to your audition.

Audition Requirements for Non-Music Majors

INFORMATION FOR CURRENT GEORGIA SOUTHERN STUDENTS:

Choirs:
Current Georgia Southern students who wish to participate in a choir may register for University Singers (Georgia Southern Chorale is only open for audition in the fall). Please contact Dr. Shannon Jeffreys for audition and registration instructions.

Opera:
Students interested in Opera Theater should contact Dr. Arikka Gregory at agregory@georgiasouthern.edu for information about auditions and casting.


INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

Choirs:
Students may elect to audition for placement in Georgia Southern Chorale, or may simply register for University Singers at Summer Orientation and Registration (no audition required). Non-music majors who wish to be considered for Georgia Southern Chorale should plan to audition the weekend before classes begin in the fall. Please contact Dr. Shannon Jeffreys for audition and registration instructions.

Opera:
Prospective students interested in Opera Theater should contact Dr. Arikka Gregory at agregory@georgiasouthern.edu for information about auditions and casting.

Piano / Keyboard

Prospective Music Majors must successfully complete an Entrance Audition prior to acceptance into any music degree. The Entrance Audition will also serve as the Scholarship Audition for qualified students. Although all students will be considered for scholarship, preference will be given to students who audition prior to March 15th of their senior year.

All applicants must bring or send in advance a copy of their transcripts, their SAT or ACT scores, and at least two confidential letters of recommendation (one of which must be from your private teacher or music director).

Audition Requirements : B.M.

Piano Performance
1. All major and minor scales, memorized, four octaves
2. Two contrasting pieces from standard Classical repertoire, memorized
3. Sight Reading (provided at audition)

Piano Principal (Major in Composition, Education, etc.)
1. White tonic major scales memorized, four octaves
2. Two contrasting pieces from standard Classical repertoire, memorized
3. Sight Reading (provided at audition)

Audition Requirements: B.A. (Piano Minor)
1. Scales in the key of presented pieces
2. Two contrasting pieces from standard Classical repertoire, memorized
3. Sight Reading (provided at audition)

Audition Requirements : M.M. (Piano Performance)

M.M. applicants must submit a list of repertoire studied during the previous four years and prepare a memorized program consisting of the following:

1. A contrapuntal baroque composition equivalent in difficulty to a three-voice fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach.
2. A complete classical sonata, preferably by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
3. A romantic work.
4. A work from the impressionist or contemporary period.
5. Sight reading (provided at audition)

For more information about auditioning for the Georgia Southern University Piano Area, please contact Dr. David Murray at: (912) 681-5019 dsmurray@georgiasouthern.edu

Strings

Prospective Music Majors must successfully complete an Entrance Audition prior to acceptance into any music degree. The Entrance Audition will also serve as the Scholarship Audition for qualified students. Although all students will be considered for scholarships, preference will be given to students who audition prior to March 15th of their senior year. All applicants must bring or send in advance a copy of their transcripts, their SAT or ACT scores, and at least two confidential letters of recommendation (one of which must be from your private teacher or music director).

Audition Requirements : B.M. (String Division)

Performance Music Major:
• 3 octave scales and arpeggios (major/minor)
• 2 contrasting movements of Unaccompanied Bach
• 1 movement of a standard concerto
• Sight reading (String Quartet)

Music Education Major:
• Scales and arpeggios (major/minor)
• 2 contrasting works of your choice
• Audition Requirements : Non-Music Major
• Scales and arpeggios (major/minor)
• 1 prepared piece of your choice

Audition Requirements: M.M. (Performance)
• 3 octave scales and arpeggios (major/minor)
• 2 contrasting movements of Unaccompanied Bach
• 1 movement of a standard concerto
• Sight reading (String Quartet)

Suggested Repetoire:
• Violin: Bach Sonatas and Partitas, Concertos of: Mozart, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski
• Viola: Bach Sonatas and Partitas/Cello Solo Suites, Concertos of: Hoffmeister, Accolay, Stamitz, Telemann, Walton, Bartok
• Cello: Bach Solo Suites, Concertos of: Boccherini, Haydn, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Dvorak
• Double Bass: Bach Solo Cello Suites, Vivaldi Sonatas, other Baroque Sonatas, Concertos of: Telemann. Capuzzi, Dragonetti, Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Koussevitzky

For more information about auditioning for the Georgia Southern University Strings Division, please contact Dr. Steven Elisha at: stevenelisha@georgiasouthern.edu

4) Scholarships

The Music Department has scholarships available for new music majors. Offers are made by the Music Department Scholarship Committee, based on audition results and academic qualifications. Typically, the Entrance Audition for admission as a music major also serves as the audition for a scholarship.  Through a substantial Endowment program, scholarships are available for continuing music majors, based on performance/academic excellence.  Carol A. Carter scholarships for new students are renewable for four years.

5) University Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (priority deadline) February 1
  • Fall Semester (final deadline) August 1
  • Spring Semester December 1
  • Summer Term April 1

Questions:

Email music@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 11/20/2020