UNC Asheville Department of Music

Who We Are

At UNC Asheville’s Music Department, the classical co-exists with the contemporary. We explore the many connections and interactions between music and all facets of human life through instruction and performance. Students learn in cutting-edge classrooms at the only university where music pioneer Bob Moog – inventor of the Moog Synthesizer – ever taught. In addition to being dedicated teachers, our faculty are active musicians who enrich Asheville’s thriving music scene and the cultural life of our campus.

What You’ll Learn

All students must pass an instrumental or vocal audition to be accepted into a music degree program. Our highly selective music technology program combines music, engineering, math, computer science, music business, and electronics to teach students how to professionally mix and record music, while our jazz and contemporary music performance program is ideal for those pursuing careers as singers, instrumentalists, composers, and arrangers. Our Bachelor of Arts degree merges music analytical training with history, anthropology, natural sciences, and philosophy to prepare students for a range of careers or graduate studies. The University Singers, one of several student ensembles, have performed at the White House, while many graduates have found dream jobs working with top artists like R.E.M. and Alison Krauss.


Fall 2020 Ensemble Auditions - Now Open & Due by August 13

Ensembles are open to UNC Asheville students of all majors! All Fall 2020 auditions will be online video submissions and are due by August 13 at 12 p.m. In order to be considered for ensembles, you MUST complete the online audition form. Please note all Fall 2020 ensembles will be meeting in person as much as possible, unless specified otherwise. This may include some remote sessions per the discretion of the instructor. All safety guidelines will be followed in accordance with the UNC Asheville Expectations of Mutual Respect & Care for All Agreement. Learn More & Audition

Bluegrass ensemble

Auditions for Prospective Music Majors

All prospective music majors are required to audition. Please visit our Auditions page for upcoming auditions and more information.


Make a Gift

Make a gift to UNC Asheville’s Department of Music $50.00 + Student Scholarship Campaign!
Become a Friend of Music and donate $50.00 or more toward scholarships for students and have your name printed on our concert programs. You will also receive a small “thank you” gift from the Department of Music.

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