New Student Guide - Music Majors and Auditionees


Pre-NSO Music Placement Day: Thursday, August 23rd

Welcome to Greenville University and thank you for your interest in participating in musical activities at Greenville University! Our Pre-NSO Music Placement Day provides opportunities for you to meet the music faculty and incoming music students while completing the necessary placements and auditions to start you on the right path with your musical pursuits at GU. We look forward to your arrival!

What’s Pre-NSO Music Placement Day?

On Thursday, August 23rd we are holding events specific to students who plan to be music majors, minors or participants in one of our music ensembles at Greenville University. By completing these requirements before other students arrive, it will help us place you in the right classes for your skills, talents and direction as a musician.

Pre-NSO Schedule 

(for New Music Majors & Non-Majors Auditioning for Ensembles)

Tentative Time: 9:00-11:30am– Music Students Move Into Residence Halls

Noon-1:00pm – Lunch – Armington Dining Commons

1:00-3:00pm – Come & Go Music Placement Exams (Whitlock Music Center)
Music Theory – Room 309
Piano – Room 200
Drums – Room 306
Guitar – Room 307

1:00-5:00pm – Choral Ensemble Auditions & Voice Placement Exams (Whitlock)
Choral Auditions – Rm. 203
Voice Placement – Rm. 213

3:00-5:00pm – Worship Arts Ensemble Auditions – Rm. 215 (Recital Hall)

5:00-6:00pm – New Music Student Dinner with Music Faculty – Krober Room
(beside Armington Dining Commons)

8:00-10:00pm – Social Event for New Music Students (Prof. Erickson)

Placement Exams and Auditions

Choral Auditions

Students who wish to join one of the Greenville University choral ensembles (Greenville University Chorale, GU Choir or GU Chamber Singers) must do a choral audition. Sign up for an audition time in Room 203 in Whitlock Music Center. Contact Dr. Jeff Wilson, Director of Choral Studies with questions by email ( or phone (618.664.6561).  Please complete a choral audition application form and bring it with you to your audition.

Auditions will take place during Pre-NSO Music Placement Day (Thursday, August 23; 1:00-5:00pm) and during New Student Orientation (Friday, August 24; 10:00am-2:00pm & Sunday, August 26; 2:00-4:00pm & 8:30-10:30pm).

Music Placement Exams

Music Placement Exams are given to ensure that you are placed in the courses that best suit and challenge your current level as a musician. All Music Majors (except for students in B.S. Music Industry Studies) should complete both the music theory and piano placement exams. Any student desiring to take applied lessons in voice, piano, guitar or drums/percussion should do a placement exam on their respective instrument.

These exams are tentatively scheduled to take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd in the following locations:

  • Music Theory: Whitlock Music Center, Room 309
  • Piano: WMC, Room 200
  • Drums: WMC, Room 306
  • Guitar: WMC, Room 307

*The Music Theory placement exam may also be completed by mail before August 23rd.

Voice Placement Auditions

Students who plan to take applied voice lessons as a requirement for their major or elective class. Two semesters of voice study are required for both Worship Arts and Bachelor of Music Education students. Applied voice lessons are required for all students declaring voice as their primary instrument.  


  • Prepare 1 verse and 1 chorus of a song to evaluate your vocal technique (recorded accompaniment or self-accompaniment are permitted). If needed, hymnals will be available at the audition.
  • Students with previous private voice study should prepare a solo voice repertoire list.

These auditions will take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Whitlock Music Center, Room 213 on Thursday, August 23rd. To sign up for a time, pick a day and time on the sign-up sheet posted on the door of Room 213.

Worship Arts Ensemble Auditions 

These auditions are for students interested in joining the Worship Arts Ensembles. These ensembles consist of the groups that play on a regular basis for weekly Chapel and Vespers worship services, as well as some touring events. We are looking for the following members: singers (male and female in contemporary styles), acoustic, electric and bass guitar players, piano/keyboard players, drummers and other instrumentalists (i.e.: alternative percussion and string players).

These auditions will take place at two times on Thursday, August 23rd from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and during New Student Orientation (Friday, August 25th; 10:00am-2:00pm & Sunday, August 26th from 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. in Whitlock Music Center, Room 215. Sign up sheets for audition times will be posted on Paul Sunderland's office door (Room 201) in Whitlock Music Center.

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