Georgia College Department of Music

at Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university

Majors, Minors, Ensembles, and Applied Lessons

If you are interested in ensembles, majors, minors, and/or applied lessons, please fill out the Georgia College Music Interest Form below. If you plan to audition for a major and scholarships, or the minor, please RSVP below and click the link below to apply to audition. Below that is information about our music ensembles.

Georgia College Music Interest Form

Please complete this form to receive more information about our ensembles, applied lessons, majors, and minors. More information concerning music education or music majors or music minor as well as the audition process may be found at music.gcsu.edu.

Departmental and Scholarship Auditions

Saturday, March 5th, 12pm

Porter Hall, Milledgeville, GA 31061, United States

Milledgeville, GA

Please RSVP if you plan to apply to audition. Auditions are on the days listed below.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

See below for application and audition links.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Music Department and Scholarship Audition Application

Auditions are required for the Music Minor and the following majors: Music B.A., Music Education B.M.E. - Instrumental Music Emphasis; Music Education B.M.E. - Choral Music Emphasis; and Music Education B.M.E. - Elementary Music Emphasis

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Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Band


The Georgia College Jazz Band has a long tradition of excellence and continues to amaze audiences with its entertaining and energetic performances. The jazz band students come from all across the state and represent a variety of major fields of study. This varied interest represents the liberal arts mission of Georgia College and includes majors such as Accounting, Biology, Economics, English, Exercise Science, Outdoor Education, Physics, and Music. Each semester the jazz band performs for the university and Milledgeville communities in Russell Auditorium on the Georgia College campus. Their varied repertoire is aimed at pleasing everyone in the audience. In January of 2015, the band hosted internationally renowned trombonist Bill Watrous for a pair of concerts. In May of 2015, the Georgia College Jazz Band completed a 19-day performance tour/study abroad experience in the Czech Republic including a headline performance at the Tyniste Jazz Festival. These concerts are just the most recent accomplishments of this fine ensemble that tours and performs with top-level jazz artists on a regular basis. For more information, please contact Dr. Cliff Towner (clifford.towner@gcsu.edu).

Orchestra

The Orchestra is a non-auditioned ensemble focusing on the study and performance of string orchestra and full orchestra repertoire of all periods and styles and is comprised of Georgia College students (music majors and non-music majors), faculty, and community members. The purpose of the ensemble is to foster musical development, improve technique, and master performance skills. String students who performed in their high school ensembles are particularly encouraged to join as a way of continuing their passion and interest in music regardless of major or experience level. The orchestra rehearses twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and performs three concerts a year. This course can be used as a required ensemble for music majors who perform on an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass) or as an elective for all university students. For more information, please contact Dr. William McClain (william.mcclain@gcsu.edu).

Small Ensembles

The music department has a number of chamber ensembles of like instruments that are coached by faculty and rehearse weekly. Most of the time the student is alone on their playing their part, and the ensembles perform at least some works without a conductor. The music tends to be challenging and anyone (including non-majors) may sign up for them. Repertoire changes each semester depending on group composition. For information on any of these ensembles, please email smallensembles@gcsu.edu, and your inquiry will be forwarded to the faculty director. If you would like to learn more about a director, click their name.


Brass Ensemble: Dr. Maureen Horgan

Flute Choir: Lisa Bartholow

Guitar Ensemble: Dr. Dusty Woodruff

Percussion Ensemble: Dr. Ryan Smith

Saxophone Quartet: Dr. Stephen Fischer

String Quartet: Dr. William McClain

Woodwind Chamber Ensemble: Rebecca Cooke

Wind Symphony

The 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 Wind Symphony places an emphasis on reading experiences in a wide variety of standard and new band literature. The 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. For more information, please contact Dr. Cliff Towner (clifford.towner@gcsu.edu).

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Georgia College Holiday Extravaganza Concert by WRGC

Vocal Ensembles

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, John Hennecken, and David Hamilton. In addition to participating in the mostly classically based concerts with UC and WE, MNS also presents concerts with popular solo and ensemble music in a themed atmosphere, such as the annual Valentine’s Day Rendezvous. MNS takes a performance, recruiting, and outreach tour each year; past destinations include Nashville, TN; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Orlando, FL (Walt Disney World); Washington, D.C.; and New York City. MNS took a four-day performance, outreach, and recruiting tour around middle Georgia last December. MNS will also be traveling to Hungary and Austria in May 2016. Eight members of MNS also represent Georgia College at the annual GMEA All-College Chorus. Members of Max Noah are also required to enroll in University Chorus and commit to the groups for the entire school year. MNS rehearses three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-12:50 p.m., in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Flory (jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu).
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Music Theatre Scenes

The study and performance of scenes taken from various music-theatrical genres, including musical theater, opera, operetta and contemporary interdisciplinary forms. Open by audition to all members of the University community. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Hindemith (paul.hindemith@gcsu.edu).

The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow (TCM) is Georgia College’s newest choral organization made up of 12 to 16 select singers focusing on the study and performance of popular contemporary music in the collegiate a cappella style. TCM performs music similar to the groups featured on NBC's The Sing-Off or the movie Pitch Perfect. The group is open by audition to all members of the university community. The Cat's Meow performs for a variety of organizations and events throughout the year including the GC Choral Ensembles concerts and Max Noah Singers' Valentine's Day Rendezvous. The group requires a two semester commitment with auditions in August during the 1st week of school. The group meets Mondays and Wednesdays 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Stephen Hutchings (stephen.hutchings@gcsu.edu).

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 has also premiered the commissioned work, Dona Nobis Pacem, by David Hamilton. UC rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Flory (jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu).

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 five world premieres: two by Emma Lou Diemer, two by David Hamilton, and one by David Johnson. WE also does local outreach performances for elementary schools. WE rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m. in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Gorzelany-Mostak (dana.gorzelany@gcsu.edu).
Carol of the Bells, in the tradition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Georgia College Connections | Max Noah Singers Tour by WRGC
Department of Music

202 Porter Hall | Campus Box 66 | Milledgeville, GA 31061 | Phone: (478) 445-8289 | Fax: (478) 445-1633

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