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 must request audition date in addition to submitting an application to UNC admissions. Submitting an application for admission to UNC does not automatically grant a student an audition date.

About Scholarships And The Audition Process

Each year the Music Department awards scholarships to undergraduates who intend to major in music. Typically some 25 incoming students a year receive scholarship aid for a single year or renewable annually for four years. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions allows our Department to recommend special admission for a strictly limited number of students on the basis of demonstrated talent. These will be students of superior achievement and potential who, while fully qualified to enter UNC, might not win admission solely on the basis of their academic records, due to the intense competition which all applicants face. Students may audition live or by submitting a video tape or recorded audition.

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. The Kenan Music Scholars are selected following the normal audition process for all interested students, and an additional audition process that is held on the first Monday in March. Scholars are chosen on the basis of an established record of excellence in the practice of music (performance, composition, etc.), significant academic strengths, and a strong commitment to majoring in Music at UNC. Kenan Music Scholars will receive a full scholarship for four years (tuition, fee, room, board), plus additional support for summer research and similar activities. They will also benefit from a coherent program of special activities uniting work on the concert stage and in the classroom with faculty in the Department of Music and distinguished visiting artists.

For more information on the program, visit its website.

Other Named Scholarships

The following are named scholarships awarded each year (if an area is not stipulated, the award is given at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee). Typically, awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.

  • Richard and Christopher Edward Adler Scholarship
  • James Michael Barham Scholarship
  • Doug Clark “Thanks for the Memories” Scholarship
  • Sidney M. Dowd Scholarship
  • The Frederick A. Fearing Jazz Scholarship Fund
  • Lisa Sharon Fields Memorial Scholarship in Piano
  • Janet and Newton Fischer Orchestra Scholarship
  • Janet and Newton Fischer Scholarship in Voice
  • Andy Griffith Scholarship
  • Gordon G. Hamrick Band Scholarship
  • Kay Kyser Undergraduate Jazz Scholarship
  • Tony McDowell Scholarship for Excellence in Vocal Performance
  • Eric B. Schwarz Memorial Scholarship
  • Paisley White Scott, Jr. Scholarship
  • Lemuel F. Sedberry Scholarship
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Rose Bud Scholarship
  • Benjamin Swalin University Orchestra Scholarship
  • Village Orchestra Scholarship
  • Thomas D. Vollmer Endowment
  • Dorothy Williams Woodward Scholarship in Viola
  • UNC Music Scholarship

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.

Applicants needing more substantial assistance should contact the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid at (919) 962-8396.


Note: Students must request audition date in addition to submitting an application to UNC 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 Fall 2017 will be held on the following Saturdays:

  • January 21, 2017: Voice, Strings, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Low Brass, Percussion, Jazz, Composition (Note: No flute, horn, oboe, or trumpet auditions are available on this date.)
  • January 28, 2017: Voice, Strings, Woodwinds, Saxophone, Trumpet, Low Brass, Percussion (Note: No horn, piano, jazz auditions are available on this date.)
  • February 4, 2017: Voice, Strings, Piano, Woodwinds, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Percussion, Jazz, Composition (Note: No low brass auditions are available on this date.)

If you submit a taped audition, it must be postmarked by February 1, 2017 in order to be considered. Great care should be taken to ensure the best possible recording quality, and in the preparation of the recording and accompanying materials.

To schedule a music scholarship audition (recorded or in person), please complete the Audition Request Form and post it via the Internet. Please send recorded auditions and other specific requests to:

Brent Wissick
Chair, Music Scholarship Committee
UNC Department of Music
Kenan Music 1212 / CB #3320
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320
(919) 962-5695 (voice and facsimile) (email)

For your audition, choose repertoire which you think best displays your present 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 a foreign language, if possible. An accompanist will be provided for singers, if necessary. Many areas/programs have further information on auditions if you click under the “Areas of Study” tab at the top.

If you have audition or academic questions particular to a specific instrument, voice or program of study, select from the list below.