Welcome to the UNC Department of Music!

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Louise Toppin, Chair

Spread across three buildings in the heart of UNC’s beautiful Chapel Hill campus, the Department of Music offers a superb music education in the context of a top-tier research university. We offer B.A., B.M., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, providing comprehensive and individualized instruction to more than 200 students pursuing majors and graduate degrees each year. These programs capitalize on our Department’s unique breadth of opportunities for musical engagement, encompassing rigorous courses of pre-professional training in performance and scholarship, as well as a welcoming environment for students to explore interests in classical, jazz, bluegrass, musical theater, world music, rock, country, hip-hop, and much more.

At the core of our offerings is a faculty of world-class scholars and performers in the top of their respective disciplines. Their areas of speciality span musical history from the Medieval period to the 21st century, on topics such as Baroque performance practices, film study, African American concert repertoire, Monteverdi, Kurt Weill and musical theater, American music, Eastern European music, country music, African music, music of Latin America, electronic composition, musical ecology, contemporary popular music, music and technology, and entrepreneurship. In addition to our faculty, students enjoy opportunities to to engage internationally-renowned guest scholars & artists through frequent masterclasses, concerts, and lectures.

Graduates of our Department also find success across the musical spectrum. Recent alumni are pursuing graduate studies in prestigious institutions such as The University of Michigan, New York University, Longy Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and University of Colorado at Boulder. Our alumni can also be found in major opera houses (Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric), Broadway and touring companies, professional orchestras and choruses, music programs at public schools and prestigious universities, and renowned positions as conductors, composers, and scholars. This is all in addition, of course, to the many more who thrive as entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, and business professionals.

Our dynamic Department takes pride in our role as a musical resource for our students, the University, and the broader community. Whether you are a prospective student, an alumnus, or a member of the public, we invite you to explore and enjoy the offerings of this thriving program.


Louise Toppin, Chair

Featured Videos

The UNC Wind Ensemble, conducted by Evan Feldman, performs Mothership by Mason Bates.

Rocha Fernando percussion masterclass from March 2016