The Georgia State University Bands program is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding collegiate band programs in the Southeast. The Band Department offers a comprehensive program to the university community. More than 250 students participate in our performing ensembles, making Georgia State Bands one of the most visible groups on campus.
Georgia State’s School of Music is home to a decades-long tradition of excellence in choral music. Our five choirs provide a range of musical experiences for our students from traditional choral repertoire, chamber music, early music, gospel music, multicultural music, vocal jazz, opera and large masterworks. The GSU choral program is also committed to the study and performance of music by underrepresented composers. Georgia State truly is a place where singers feel dedicated, challenged and inspired.
The University Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble of 80 graduate and undergraduate student players, presenting six to eight performances each academic year. The orchestra collaborates regularly with distinguished guest artists, Georgia State music faculty and university choral ensembles. The University Symphony Orchestra is open to students by audition. Interested students should contact Professor Michael Palmer, Director of Orchestras.
The Opera Theater Workshop provides opportunities for students to learn and practice skills related to operatic performance from the standard repertoire and contemporary works, culminating in performances of operatic scenes and/or full productions. The Opera Theater Workshop is under the direction of Professor Carroll Freeman.
The Jazz Bands are open to students by audition. They offer students the opportunity to perform in a jazz band of recognized excellence. We attempt to instill an understanding and appreciation of jazz, and, with guidance, our program offers an opportunity for the musician to explore new modes of self-expression. Performance standards are such that future musicians, educators and listeners establish attitudes toward music and performance that will be of critical importance in their musical and cultural endeavors.
For more information, contact Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Gordon Vernick.