All students interested in majoring in music must audition for the Townsend School of Music. All students who audition are considered for scholarships. Auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. The appropriate area music faculty members will hear the audition. It is not necessary for instrumentalists to bring an accompanist to on-campus auditions. An accompanist will be provided for vocal auditions.
Students eligible for a Fabian Scholarship must audition by Saturday, February 10, 2024. (Please use your Mercer application portal login credentials)
To request an audition, please select one of the dates below.
Audition dates for 2023-24
- Saturday, January 20, 2024
- Saturday, February 10, 2024
- Friday, March 1, 2024 (Vocal only)
- Saturday, March 16, 2024 (Instrumental only)
String Students (Undergraduate & Artist Diploma, Strings Only)
If you cannot attend one of the regularly scheduled audition dates, please notify the Music Office and a convenient date will be arranged with the appropriate area faculty members. On-campus auditions are required of any students who live within 300 miles of Mercer University. If distance makes it difficult to appear for a live audition, a digital audition may be submitted.
For Graduate Audition Requirements, please go to Appendix P of the Graduate Student Handbook.
It is important that any potential music major formally apply through the Office of University Admissions before scheduling an audition with the Townsend School of Music on one of the designated music audition dates. A complete financial package offer will then be put together by the Office of University Admissions, Townsend School of Music and the Office of Student Financial Planning. Although not required, completing FAFSA is highly encouraged.
For additional information about graduate admissions, see the Admissions page.
Transfer students are welcome to audition for admission to Townsend School of Music. In addition to their music audition, they will be given a diagnostic test in music theory. For clarification of these requirements, contact Dr. Nathan Myrick at (478) 301-4012.
The test will consist of the following:
- Roman numeral analysis of an example in 18th-century chorale style. This example will include secondary dominants, diminished triads and chords of the seventh, plus their inversions.
- Brief examples of both melodic and harmonic dictation
- A brief example to be sung at sight