Forms and Frequently Asked Questions

Vocal Chamber Ensemble: Bach, Brahms, Bernstein

What makes the Brenau University Department of Music unique?

Small teacher/ student ratio
Multiple performing opportunities
Personal attention
One-on-one coaching for vocalists and instrumentalists
Collaborative piano/ piano accompaniment
Variety of large and small ensembles
Spectrum Singers, a large SATB ensemble open to all students, faculty, staff, and community
Quality performance venues
Professionally-active faculty
Long-established leader in music
Unique internship opportunities
Mu Phi Epsilon chapter (National Music Honors Fraternity)
Collegiate chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education)

What music programs and degrees are offered at Brenau?

Bachelor of Arts in Music (voice, collaborative piano, or other instrument) with one of two possible tracks:
1. Advanced Music, which prepares the music student for graduate music school
2. Secondary area of study, such as business (arts management), psychology (music therapy), or mass communication (music industry)

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (voice, collaborative piano, or other instrument)
Become a certified public school teacher, a teacher in private studios or fine arts schools, or a director of music in civic and church organizations.

Brenau’s music curriculum proudly offers the rare undergraduate track for pianists in collaborative arts, available in both the BA in Music, and the BA in Music Education.

How important are my grades in non-music studies to my application to the Music Department?

The grade-point average is important for scholarship opportunities
GPA for admission is 3.0
The grade-point average/SAT score can be determining factors for scholarship

How should I prepare for my audition to the Music Department?

Take private lessons
Keep a record of your performances
Contact the applied teacher in your instrument at the college and ask about repertoire choices and audition requirements
Read through a variety of music so that you can be conversant with more than just your own audition repertoire
Perform, perform, perform
Learn to dress appropriately for your profession
Visit the campus and meet the professors

What ensembles does Brenau University have?

Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Spectrum Singers
Opera Workshop
Gospel Choir
Spectrum Winds

What will the music faculty expect and demand of me?

Look at the track record of the alumni of the program.
Cassandra Gabrel (07) Opera Certificate (08) American Institute of Musical Studies
Robin Brackett (08) Florida State School of Music Graduate program
Xi Wang (07) San Francisco Conservatory
Amanda Miller (07) Atlanta Opera Chorus
Judith Pannell (05) Arizona State University
99% placement for graduates from Music Education

What is the artistic culture like in the community that surrounds the university?

Brenau University Galleries (
Gainesville Ballet
Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Lanier Singers Chamber Choir
NE GA History Center
NE GA Writers Club
Quinlan Visual Arts Center
Smithgall Arts Center

If I am a minor, do I get a private applied teacher?

Yes. Music minors are required to take at least 4 semesters of an applied instrument. They are also required to perform a jury at the end of the second and the fourth semesters.

What are the audition requirements for a minor?

Permission of the faculty

How can I have a positive, successful college experience?

Go to class
Use time management
Use money management
Get involved

What should I NOT do my first year in college?

Allow yourself to get distracted from your main purpose for being in college

Why study music?  What are the job opportunities once I am done?

Professional careers in music performance; Church music; private teaching; teaching in Performing Arts Schools
Teaching in public or private institutions
Going on to graduate programs in performance, music education, music therapy, or church music
A larger number of music majors are accepted into medical schools as compared to other disciplines
Music strengthens the soft skills of leadership and communication which are highly prized by employers