Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an audition?

You may schedule an audition by calling (478) 301-2748.

What scholarships are available? 

Music scholarships are generously awarded based on a live audition on campus either during an audition weekend or at a separately arranged time. Taped auditions are not an acceptable replacement for the live audition. Prior to the audition, you must apply to and be accepted by the University. The awarding of a music scholarship is made after you have been awarded an academic scholarship. Academic scholarships are based on your high school GPA in combination with SAT and ACT scores. Georgia residents may also qualify for HOPE scholarships. Get more information about the audition requirements or call (478) 301-2748.

What should I prepare for an audition? 

Students are generally asked to prepare two pieces of music: one that demonstrates technical ability and one that shows lyrical skills. You will also be asked to play major scales on your respective instruments. Percussionists will be asked to play a snare drum etude, timpani etude, and a keyboard piece (xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone). Voice students are required to sight sing at the audition. Auditions are used to place students in an ensemble and also provide individual instructors with a better understanding of how each student performs.

Get more information about specific audition requirements.

What performance opportunities are available at Mercer? 

There are numerous opportunities to perform at Mercer. Among the ensembles are:

  • Mercer Singers
  • University Chorus
  • Mercer Opera
  • Mercer Women's Chamber Choir
  • McDuffie Center String Ensemble
  • Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra
  • Mercer University Wind Ensemble
  • Mercer Jazz Ensemble

Chamber groups include:

  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Mercer Steel Drum Band
  • Jazz Combos
  • Brass Choir
  • Flute Choir
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Horn Quartet
  • Trumpet Ensemble
  • Brass Quintet
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Harp Ensemble
  • Chamber ensembles within the McDuffie Center for Strings

Students are also encouraged to pursue other performance opportunities across the campus including Mercer Theatre productions.