Majors: General Music or Music with an emphasis in Organ, Piano, or Voice
Minor: Music
Department Chair: Nadine Cheek, Professor of Music
Program Director: Michael McGhee, Associate Professor of Music
Music Administrative Assistant: Mariana Furlin, (478) 757-5259
Academic Catalogue

Wesleyan College has been an accredited member institution of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1937. NASM is the national accrediting agency for higher education in music and establishes national standards for educational quality and institutional integrity.

With a rich heritage of excellence in the fine arts, the Music Department provides multi-faceted and extensive musical opportunities and experiences for students as well as the entire community.

The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Available areas are:

  • Performance Tracks (Emphases offered in Voice, Piano, and Organ) - This track is for students with a high degree of performing ability and culminates in a senior recital.
  • General Music Track - This track is a flexible program in which students can choose to study any instrument or combination of instruments (voice, keyboard, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion) and is ideal for a students with multiple musical interests or who want to double major in music and another discipline.

The Minor in Music is also offered and requires 18 credit hours of course work.

For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Wesleyan's music students have access to outstanding facilities.

  • The Porter Fine Arts Building houses music classrooms, studios, and an 1,127-seat auditorium. The Goodwyn-Candler-Panoz Organ, in Porter Auditorium, was recently renovated by the Schantz Organ Co. of Orville, Ohio.
  • The Olive Swan Porter Student Life Center houses twelve practice rooms and the Burden Parlor, an intimate performance venue for the music department and guest artists.
  • Pierce Chapel provides an additional space for musical performanes. This 250 seat venue is home to a Bosendorfer grand piano.
  • The Lucy Lester Willet Memorial Library maintains a collection in support of all academic programs of the College. The music collection and listening room is a part of this main library and includes more than 5,000 recordings and an extensive collection of scores and books.
  • The Candler Building is home to the Benson Room, the location of many student performances and master classes.

Field Study
Wesleyan's music majors have interned with a number of community organizations such as Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Arts Alliance, and Central Georgia Opera Guild. Several churches in the area offer internships. Music students have also completed internships in other localities such as Atlanta and Washington, D.C. 

Auditions and Scholarships
An audition is required of all students interested in pursuing a music scholarship. Scholarships are available for both music majors and music minors. Please contact the chair of the Music Department or the Office of Admissions to schedule an audition.

Music Audition dates are: January 23, 2016, February 20, 2016, and March 19, 2016.  While it is preferable that a student audition on campus during these publicized dates, the music faculty is willing to consider auditions at another time convenient for the student or submitted on CD or DVD. Click here for the requirements for the audition process.

The most prestigious of the music scholarships available is the Lane Scholarship; the Music department can name one Lane Scholar each year. Candidates for this scholarship must possess high academic credentials and demonstrate a high aptitude for achievement in music. Interested candidates should contact Wesleyan's Office of Admission for more information about this and other scholarship opportunities. Other prominent music scholarships include the Heyward, Boyce, and Forschler scholarships. Request more information!

Candidates for music scholarships may also be candidates for other academic or leadership scholarships.

Currently, Wesleyan alumnae include music professors; studio teachers; church musicians; choral directors; professional singers; professional accompanists; directors of community arts programs; lawyers; English professors; nurses; and designers.

Featured Alumnae

  • Monica Harper '04, for example, has recently earned the Doctor of Music from Indiana University, has performed across the country, and is currently Director of Music and Organist at Wesleyan Monumental UMC in historic, downtown Savannah.
  • April L. Prince ’02, holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and her dissertation, entitled Der anmutreichen, unschuldsvolen Herrin: Clara Schumann’s Public Personas focuses on the reception of Clara in portraiture, concert reviews, and programming. She joined the Loyola University New Orleans musicology faculty in 2012.


whitney4147_1Nadine Cheek Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Music and Music Department Chair.
B.M. (Voice) Wesleyan College, 1979; M.M. (Vocal Performance) Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, 1981; M.M. (Choral Conducting) Yale School of Music, 1991. Ms. Cheek directs the Wesleyan Concert Choir and the Wesleyannes vocal ensemble, and teaches applied voice. As a mezzo-soprano, she is an active performer in recital, concert, and opera across the United States and in Europe. She has sung in Master Classes with Martin Katz, Ruth Golden, and John Alexander, and been soloist with the Theatrehof Opera in Humbach, Germany, the Dorian Opera Theatre at Luther College in Iowa, and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Italy. Ms. Cheek is a member of NATS, ACDA, MENC, GMEA Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Kappa Phi. Currently, Ms Cheek is serving as Chair of the Music Department. Porter Fine Arts Building 101

ChennyGANsmallChenny Q. Gan Assistant Professor of Music
B.A. (Music and Studio Art) Wesleyan College, 2002; M.M. (Piano Performance) UNC-Greensboro, 2004; M.M. (Accompanying) UNC-Greensboro, 2005; D.M.A (Piano Performance) University of Southern California, 2009. Dr. Gan actively performs and teaches on three continents, with assignments that have taken her to settings as diverse as the inner city neighborhoods of Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall and the Mozarteum to guest lecturer positions at three universities in South China. As a scholar, she has presented and published research for the College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Harvard East Asian Studies Conference, and others. She often performs with orchestras and renowned jazz musicians and has recorded four CDs.

Ellen HansonEllen Futral Hanson Associate Professor of Music
B.M. (Vocal Performance) Wesleyan College, 1983; M.M. (Vocal Performance) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1985. Professor Hanson teaches applied voice, voice class, vocal literature and diction, and Wesleyan's inter-disciplinary freshman seminar. A lyric soprano, she performs often in the Middle Georgia area and was most recently heard as Mother Abbess in Macon Little Theatre's production of The Sound of Music.  Professor Hanson has performed many major roles in musical theatre and opera with Macon Little Theatre, UT Opera Theatre, Choral Society of Middle Georgia, and the Knoxville Opera Company. She is a member of NATS, MENC, GMEA and SAI. Porter Fine Arts 121

Michael McGheeMichael McGhee Associate Professor of Music and College Organist
B.M. (Organ Performance) Shorter College, 1999; M.M.(Organ Performance) University of Georgia, 2001; D.M. (Organ Performance and Literature) Indiana University School of Music, 2005. Dr. McGhee is the College Organist and teaches courses in organ, harpsichord, music theory, music history and literature. He is an active performer and has won numerous organ competitions. In addition, he is an accomplished church musician and an active member of the American Guild or Organists. Porter Fine Arts 105