UNG to Hold Music Department Auditions


Calling Nighthawk musicians: the University of North Georgia’s music department is holding auditions for admission into the music program. Auditions will take place this Saturday, March 25 on the Dahlonega campus in the Gloria Shott Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The audition is open to incoming freshmen, transfer students and current students seeking program admission or scholarship eligibility.

Dr. Benjamin Schoening, chair of the music department, says the audition requirements vary by instrument. “In general,” says Schoening, “auditionees will perform two contrasting selections, play selected scales, and will be asked a few questions by the audition committee so we have an idea of who they are, what their experience is, and what they are looking to accomplish with us.” Schoening says the auditions mostly follow the same basic framework, but the repertoire suggestions offered by the audition committee varies by the instrument since “each instrument has their set of standard literature.” Additionally, Schoening says auditionees for voice are not required to perform scales, and the committee requires more performance from percussionists and pianists compared to other auditionees “to make sure we have heard the full scope of their abilities.”

Freshman vocal performance major Elle Blipps says, “Students can prepare by rehearsing their audition material with a friend and becoming more confident with their pieces.” Blipps says for vocal auditions, students prepare one piece in English and one in a foreign language. “Pursuing music in higher education furthers your growth exponentially,” says Blipps, “You build connections, learn more about your instrument and surround yourself with like-minded people who understand you and your passion.”

Auditionees are encouraged to coordinate with their high school music department directors or private teachers to select a repertoire for their auditions. Students may consider using material from their all-state auditions. Members of the department are available to assist students who have further questions about audition requirements or content.

The auditions this Saturday also determine whether a student is eligible for one of UNG’s music scholarships. If chosen, such scholarship recipients must be enrolled and actively participate in a UNG music ensemble and maintain good standing with the department, according to Schoening.

Generally, Schoening says, the audition committee is listening for “the student’s current level of ability, both technically and musically, as well as their potential for growth and development into the future.”