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Thank you for your interest in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music. Please read the information below carefully, then fill out the Audition Registration Form.

Note: Students interested in music need to complete two different applications:

  1. Your application to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  2. An online audition registration 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 (date TBA). 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 2023 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.

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 on February 19 & 20, 2023. 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 register for 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 Fall 2023 will be held on the following Saturdays:

      • November 12, 2022 (No low brass, classical piano, or percussion)
      • December 10, 2022
      • January 7, 2023 (No violins)
      • January 14, 2023

Please note that registrations for auditions close one week prior to each listed Saturday, ie. audition registrations for November 12 closes on November 4.

In-person auditions are preferred, but we understand that travel is difficult in the current climate.

To schedule a music scholarship audition, please complete the Audition Registration Form. Please send other specific requests to:

Evan Feldman
Chair, Music Scholarship Committee
UNC Department of Music
Hill Hall 105 / CB #3320
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320
(919) 914-0212

Many areas/programs have further information on auditions. Click “Areas of Study” under the “Undergraduate Studies” 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.