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Eddie and Jo Allison Smith
Eddie and Jo Allison Smith (Photo courtesy of the Smith Family.)

The Department of Music, along with the Arts & Sciences Foundation and the Smith Family, is proud to announce the new Jo Allison Smith Scholarship in Voice.

Established in honor of his late wife, Jo Allison Smith, by Mr. Edward C. Smith, Jr., this scholarship will help support academically and artistically talented sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in voice beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

When asked about his motivation for establishing the scholarship, Mr. Smith said,

“I felt a voice scholarship in Jo Allison’s memory was very appropriate since she was afforded the opportunity to go to college on a voice scholarship at Greensboro College.  She transferred to UNC her junior year and passionately loved both UNC and music.”

Voice is one of the music department’s most thriving areas. Our students consistently perform at the highest levels in national competitions such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions. Recent graduates are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees at prestigious institutions that include the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. UNC Voice alumni are singing in major operatic young artist programs, performing on Broadway, and working as leaders in music education.

We look forward to announcing the inaugural Jo Allison Smith Scholarship in Voice recipient in the 2021-2022 academic year.

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