Department of Music

Department of Music
Department of Music
Department of Music
Department of Music
Department of Music
Department of Music
Department of Music

Welcome to the Department of Music!

UNCW music students study with a dedicated faculty of internationally recognized artists and teachers, while enjoying small class sizes and extensive performance opportunities. Individual attention is the hallmark of the Department of Music at UNCW, as students and faculty work closely together to cultivate the fundamental concepts for lifelong learning, as well as developing the highest level of musicianship, creativity and scholarship related to teaching, performance, research, music technology and industry, and appreciation of music. In addition, the department is committed to enriching the quality of life within and beyond southeastern North Carolina by serving as a cultural and educational resource within the rich arts community in the region.

Department of Music Message:

We hope you are staying safe and healthy, and we write to you with concern over everything that's been happening over the past few weeks and months.  

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are only the most recent names added to the list of victims of four hundred years of systemic racism and oppression in this country. Furthermore, as the UNCW Faculty Senate has stated, “We would be remiss not to acknowledge Wilmington’s historical racial injustices towards the Black community, from the 1898 Coup to the 1971 Riots and the subsequent wrongful convictions of the Wilmington Ten.” We want to affirm to you – unequivocally – that Black Lives Matter

As musicians, it is our responsibility to understand the socio-historical contexts in which music is created and use our art to foster cultural empathy. Our art has so much power. It can be a safe haven of beauty and brilliance in a cruel world. It can shed light on injustice, and it can advocate for change, as exemplified by these two recent works:

With all of this in mind, we are currently looking to diversify our curricula and programs to include more voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). Our hope is to provide you with an education that more accurately reflects the world we live in, and we are committed to taking action to achieve this. In shaping our shared future, we value your input about how to create a more inclusive environment within the department.

These are extraordinary times. Please reach out to any of us if you need support or further resources. We are here to listen.

The UNCW Department of Music Faculty

Advising Tips and Information for the Incoming Music Major or Minor

Additional information from the College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Music Coronavirus Update:

Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning Update

The department is currently operating electronically and online.  All classes for the spring semester, as well as Summer I and II, will be offered only online.  Events, including our summer programs, have been canceled through August 5.

Please visit Coronavirus Information for updates if you have questions concerning COVID-19 in relation to UNCW. The site is a work in progress and information is added as it is received.

Many thanks for your patience as we work with the university and health officials to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff and students.

Stay healthy, safe, and be well. 

Dr. Frank Bongiorno, Chair
Department of Music

The UNCW Department of Music is rated 3rd on a list of “5 Best Colleges for Music Majors in North Carolina” by Zippia 

Zippia rated universities in terms of which offered the best music programs and career opportunities for graduates, taking into account mean earnings and employment data; and general academic factors including admissions selectivity, graduation rate, cost and student debt, among others.

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