Scholarships and Audition Information
Thank you for your interest in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music. Please read the information below carefully, then fill out the Audition Request Form.
Note: Students interested in music need to complete two different applications:
- Your application to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- An online audition request form found in the Undergraduate Scholarship portion of the Department of Music website
Please remember to do both.
If you are a prospective first-year student, we encourage you to apply to UNC by the Early Action application deadline (October 15, 2017). This gives the Department of Music the best chance to advocate for you based on your musical achievements. If you are a prospective transfer student, please be sure to apply to UNC by the February 15, 2018 transfer application deadline. Regardless of your family’s current financial situation, be sure to also submit the following financial aid forms by March 1: the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
About Scholarships And The Audition Process
Each year the Music Department awards scholarships to undergraduates who intend to major in music. Typically some 15 incoming students a year receive scholarship aid from the Department of Music. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions allows our Department to recommend a limited number of students for special admissions consideration on the basis of demonstrated talent. These will be students whose superior musical achievement and potential will be considered in addition to their academic records. Students must audition to be considered for a scholarship award and/or special admissions consideration.
Live auditions are preferred, but students may submit a recorded audition by February 1.
Kenan Music Scholars Program
Thanks to a generous donation from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust, four incoming students are selected each year to be Kenan Music Scholars. Finalists for the Kenan Music Scholars Program are selected through the normal audition process. The finalists are invited back for an extensive two-day event in early March. Scholars are chosen on the basis of an established record of excellence in the practice of music (performance, composition, etc.), significant academic strengths, a desire to attend a liberal arts university, and a strong commitment to majoring in music at UNC. Kenan Music Scholars receive a full scholarship for four years (tuition, fee, room, board), plus additional support for summer research and similar activities. They also benefit from special activities uniting work on the concert stage and the classroom with distinguished visiting artists and faculty from the Department of Music.
For more information on the program, visit its website.
UNC’s Office of Student Aid
Nearly half of Carolina’s undergraduate students receive financial aid, mostly in the form of grants and scholarships. We’re proud of helping keep Carolina within reach of every student who earns admission. Average debt among graduating seniors is low, and only two-in-five students take on any federal loans at all. Our Carolina Covenant® program offers low-income students the chance to graduate from Carolina debt-free. Covenant Scholars also benefit from academic and personnel support services to help make the most of Carolina and encourage on-time graduation.
For additional information contact the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid at (919) 962-8396.
Additional Department of Music Scholarships
Approximately 15 scholarships are available in any given year. Typically, awards range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. All music scholarships are merit awards offered on the basis of demonstrated artistic performance and potential and are given only to students intending to major or double major in music.
Reminder: Students must request a Department of Music audition date in addition to submitting an application to UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Submitting an application for admission to UNC does not automatically grant a student an audition date.
Scholarship auditions for students planning to enter the University in the Fall 2018 will be held on the following Saturdays:
- November 18, 2017: Early Action Auditions: Students applying by October 15—UNC’s Early Action program—are encouraged (but not required) to audition on this date. A November audition allows the Department of Music to coordinate its early admissions recommendations with the January 30 decisions by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- January 20, 2018: Brass (trumpet, horn, low brass), Composition, Jazz (instrumentalists and vocalists), Percussion, Strings (including classical guitar), Voice, and Woodwinds (clarinet, flute, oboe, and bassoon) (Note: no classical piano or organ on this date) (Note: possibly no saxophone or flute auditions on this day, TBD)
- January 27, 2018: Brass (trumpet, horn, low brass), Composition, Jazz (instrumentalists and vocalists), Percussion, Piano, Strings (including classical guitar), Voice, and Woodwinds (clarinet, flute, oboe, and bassoon)
- February 3, 2018: Brass (trumpet, horn, low brass), Composition, Jazz (instrumentalists and vocalists), Percussion, Piano, Strings (including classical guitar), Voice, and Woodwinds (clarinet, flute, oboe, and bassoon) (Note: Low Brass Auditions for Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba must begin after 12 p.m.) (Note: Bassoon auditions must be scheduled before 11:00 a.m.)
The Scholarship Committee recommends live, on-campus auditions. Each audition also contains an interview. If you submit a recorded audition, it must be postmarked by February 1 in order to be considered. Great care should be taken to ensure the best possible recording quality.
To schedule a music scholarship audition (recorded or in person), please complete and forward the Audition Request Form. Please send recorded auditions and other specific requests to:
For your audition, choose repertoire which best displays your abilities. You should be prepared to offer two or three pieces or movements in contrasting musical styles and tempi. As appropriate, you may be asked to demonstrate aural awareness, scales and arpeggios, and sight-reading. Pianists and singers should perform from memory, and singers should include at least one song in English and one song in a foreign language, if possible. An accompanist will be provided for singers, if necessary. Jazz students needing an accompanist should contact Jim Ketch (email@example.com).
Many areas/programs have further information on auditions. Click the “Areas of Study” tab at the top of this page.
If you have audition or academic questions particular to a specific instrument, voice or program of study, select from the list below.
- Bands: Jeffrey Fuchs (919) 962-5695 / Evan Feldman; (919) 914-0212
- Choirs: Susan Klebanow; (919) 962-1093
- Composition: Allen Anderson; (919) 962-2276
- Jazz: Jim Ketch; (919) 812-2142
- Music Education: Daniel Huff; (919) 962-4219
- Orchestra: Tonu Kalam; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Piano: Clara Yang; (919) 843-7962
- Strings: Nicholas DiEugenio; (919) 843-0070
- Voice: Jeanne Fischer; email@example.com
- Wind, Brass, Percussion: Evan Feldman; (919) 914-0212