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Prospective Music Student

As you explore this area, you will find everything you need to know about the department of music at Spelman College - a great place to learn, grow, and develop as a musician. Applied lessons and ensembles are open by audition to all students of the College, regardless of their degree program or major, for credit or for non-credit. A full year of commitment is expected.

The Music Program

The department of music offers curricula leading to a bachelor of arts degree in music. Students may either major or minor in music.

Major Requirements  Minor Requirements

Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, the incoming student must do the following:

1. Submit an audition by videotape recording in her major medium. Auditions will be evaluated by department faculty members. See Audition Information.

2. Transfer students may have to spend longer than the customary four years to complete the music requirements for the baccalaureate degree at Spelman College.

Audition Information

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, the incoming student must complete an audition in her major medium. Auditions are evaluated by the music faculty.

Purpose of the Audition

The audition provides an opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate her performance ability to the music faculty. The audition is also a way for faculty to determine whether the candidate is likely to be successful as a professional musician.

Tips for Your Video Recording

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  • Make sure you include everything that is listed for your instrument below. It is preferred that you upload each piece individually, instead of one large recording.
  • Use a space that has good acoustics - a church, auditorium, or music classroom are some of the best choices. A small rehearsal space or large living room are also fine. Please be mindful of lighting and that the lighting source is behind the camera. However, in light of the concerns for COVID-19, please keep your health a priority.
  • Whatever equipment you are using, try to find a tripod or steady place so that your video isn’t shaky. Also, make sure we can hear and see you! We want to hear you clearly over any accompaniment. We want to see you and your instrument in the frame.
  • If possible, have someone in the room with you. Ask your private teacher or conductor for help in finding a location, pressing play, and making sure that everything makes you sound your best!
  • Though it is preferred to having an accompanist for auditions for vocal and instrumental studies, it is not required due to the concerns for COVID-19.
  • Speaking slowly, please introduce yourself at the beginning of your recording and describe what you will play or sing. Also, share your musical goals/aspiration and discuss your desire to study music.
  • Please review all recordings so that your video and audio are the quality you want.

Ensemble Audition Requirements

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Please note, all music ensembles will meet virtually for the fall 2020 semester.

Atlanta University Center Symphony Orchestra Auditions
The AUC Orchestra is comprised of students from each of the undergraduate institutions within the Atlanta University Center - Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. Emphasis is placed on developing performance skills and study of a variety of styles and periods from the symphonic orchestra literature. Virtual auditions are open to all interested students, regardless of major. Please follow audition instructions specified for your instrument(s). If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Ezra Haugabrooks, director & coordinator of the AUC Symphony Orchestra at

Submit your audition by Wednesday, August 12, 2020.


Noire: Contemporary Pop Music Ensemble Auditions
Contemporary Popular Music Ensemble is open to all students (music majors and non-music majors) capable of performing music from various stylistic periods and genres. Students who are interested in becoming a member of the Contemporary Popular Music Ensemble must participate in an audition evaluated by the director of the ensemble. All instruments are welcome, including those performing on non-conventional instruments, such as computer or MIDI controllers. Please follow audition instructions specified for your instrument(s). If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Christina Butera, director of Noire: Contemporary Pop Music Ensemble at

Submit your audition by Wednesday, August 12, 2020.


Spelman College Glee Club Auditions
The Spelman College Glee Club is the premier performance organization for the College and sings for most campus events. Open by audition to all students of the College community, the Glee Club performs a repertoire that includes selections from world cultures, commissioned works, sacred and secular choral literature, Negro spirituals, and music by African American composers, with a particular focus on harmonies that complement women’s voices. The Director of the Glee Club, as well as selected music faculty evaluates virtual auditions.

Auditions for the Glee Club will take place on Monday, August 17, 2020.  If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Valentine Williamson, program coordinator of the Spelman College Glee Club at

Glee Club Auditions


Keyboard Ensemble Auditions
Keyboard/Chamber Ensemble is designed to provide instrumental students with on- and off-campus performance opportunities in various small ensemble settings. Each ensemble group learns and performs the chamber music literature ranging from Baroque to contemporary periods. Students will increase musicianship and communication skills through collaborative rehearsal sessions with weighted responsibility as an individual performer. Additional audition is not required for the Keyboard Ensemble. All music major and minor candidates will be considered for the Keyboard Ensemble.

Instrument Audition Requirements

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Music major or minor candidates should submit the required repertoire shown below. Non-music major candidates interested in either taking applied lessons or participating in an ensemble should submit the same repertoire as required for major/minor candidates. Piano accompaniment for instrumental solos is desirable but not required. It is recommended to wear business casual attire for your audition recording. Performance from memory is desirable but not required.

Students who have more than one instrument are encouraged to audition in each area of musical expertise.

Please note, all music instruction will be taught virtually for the fall 2020 semester.

  • Guitar Audition Requirements
  • Keyboard Audition Requirements
  • Orchestral Strings Audition Requirements
  • Percussion Audition Requirements
  • Organ Audition Requirements
  • Voice Audition Requirements
  • Wind/Brass Instruments Audition Requirements

Auditions should be approximately 10 minutes total.

Submit your audition by Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

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404-270-5476 direct
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Campus Location
Rockefeller Fine Arts Building

Mailing Address
Spelman College Department of Music
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Atlanta, GA  30314

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