Students wishing to declare a major or minor in Music - or to be eligible for scholarships in music - must apply for admission to the Department of Music by performing a successful audition.

A successful audition is required to declare following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Music (All concentrations)
  • Master of Music with a concentration in Performance
  • Music Minor

The audition is also required for students seeking other majors to be considered for scholarship opportunities in bands or choirs.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, it is highly recommended that you audition during our Destination: Music event held on President's Day in February.

Review the audition dates and requirements 

Audition Dates

Music Admission & Scholarship Audition Dates for Students entering Fall 2020:

  • Monday, February 17
    (During Destination: Music). Many scholarships are awarded on this audition date.
  • Sunday, March 8
  • Sunday, March 29
  • Sunday, April 26

Note: If you cannot appear for an audition on any of the designated dates, please call (678) 839-6516 or email music@westga.edu to arrange an audition appointment.

Undergraduate Music Admission Requirements

  • Voice (all types)

    Perform from memory two contrasting solos of art music in Italian (as published in the 24- or 28- Italian Songs and Arias listed below) and English.

    Keyboard accompaniments are required. You may bring your own accompanist, or one will be provided upon request.

    Books for Italian Songs:

    - 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries (in Medium High and Medium Low voice) G. Schirmer, Inc.
    - 28 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries (in High, Medium High, Medium, Medium Low and Low voice) G. Schirmer, Inc.
    *Please avoid using the Italian songs and aria versions used for the GMEA All-State Chorus auditions.

    Examples of Books with appropriate English songs:

    -15 American Art Songs (Low and High voice). G. Schirmer, Inc.
    - Folk Songs for Solo Singers. Ed. Jay Althouse. Alfred Music.
    -15 Easy Folk Songs.(High and Low voice). Hal Leonard
    English songs in:
    -First/Second Book Series (such as First Book of Soprano Solos). Compiled by Joan Frey Boytim, G. Schirmer, Inc.
    -Easy Songs for Beginning (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone), G. Schirmer, Inc.
    -Standard Vocal Literature (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone/Bass) Hal Leonard

    *Please contact Dr. Dawn Neely with further questions about appropriate repertoire. dneely@westga.edu

  • Winds

    Perform a published solo (preferred) or etude such as those required for solo festival. Accompaniments are not required.

  • Percussion

    Perform a published solo or etude for snare drum, timpani and keyboard percussion.

  • Piano

    Perform from memory two contrasting standard repertoire pieces.

  • Guitar

    Perform a published solo or etude written or transcribed for classical guitar.

Letter of Recommendation

If you are a high school senior (or recent high school grad), you will need a letter of recommendation from a music teacher who is familiar with your performance skills. A letter of recommendation is simply a brief letter written by a professional (i.e. your music teacher) explaining why you are qualified to study music at the collegiate level.
Have your music teacher submit their letter via email to music@westga.edu.

Apply to UWG

You may audition before you are admitted to the University. However, scholarships and admission to the Department of Music are contingent upon admission to the University.

UWG Undergraduate Application

 

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions are made through the UWG Graduate school. Apply here: westga.edu/gradstudies

Fill out application form

Be sure you have the following items ready before beginning the audition application:

  1. Personal and contact information
  2. Your ACT and/or SAT scores, if available
  3. Information of your GPA from High School and/or college
  4. Information regarding your audition music

Complete and submit the application no later than one week prior to your audition.

Begin Application

After we receive your application we will notify you of your audition time.