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Martha Flowers
Martha Flowers (Photo credit Jock Lauterer)

We’re pleased to offer the Martha Flowers Ensemble (MFE) series (formerly the Scholarship Benefit Concert series), a collection of department ensemble performances supporting student activities across the department. The series is named in honor of Ms. Flowers’ trailblazing contributions at UNC and beyond.

Martha Flowers, originally from Winston-Salem, NC, join the UNC Department of Music faculty in 1973 as the first African American faculty member in the department, and one of the first on campus. She taught courses in voice, diction, and Afro-American music and was a mentor and example of success for her African American students. She was widely recognized as one of the most helpful and encouraging advisors and mentors for black music majors.

 Ms. Flowers enjoyed a groundbreaking performance career in opera and 20th century art song. Her performances took her across the globe and onto the world’s largest stages. Her good friend Maya Angelou once described her voice as “hot silver melted.”

We’re honored to continue her legacy with this namesake series featuring the next generation of musicians. Read more about Ms. Flowers and her incredible legacy: and

Purchase tickets for this series online or at the box office. The box office opens 30 minutes prior to the concert.

Martha Flowers Ensemble Series 2023-2024

FALL 2023