Department of Music

Frequently asked questions

When should I apply?

High school students are urged to audition in the fall or early spring semesters of their senior year. Transfer students audition during the semester preceding enrollment at UNCW, or at the latest, the day before classes start in their first semester at UNCW.

Is there a deadline to apply for an audition?

Audition applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the requested audition date.

Do I submit separate applications to both UNCW and the Department of Music??

Admission to UNCW and the Department of Music consists of a dual admission process:
1. Application to the university is through the Office of Admissions: UNCW Office of Admissions
2. Admission to the Department of Music and its degree programs is through the audition admission process.

Do I have to have submitted all my UNCW application materials before I can submit an audition application?

But, two weeks prior to your audition date, you must have at least submitted the UNCW Office of Admissions application and paid the admissions application fee.

Do I have to receive the decision by the UNCW Office of Admissions before auditioning or applying for an audition??


Does acceptance to the Department of Music guarantee admission to UNCW?

You must be accepted by both the UNCW Office of Admissions and the Department of Music

Do I need to submit anything to the Department of Music other than the audition application?

The Department of Music requests that you have two letters of recommendation from music teachers. These recommendations are in addition to the materials submitted to the Office of Admissions and are mailed to the Department of Music. To download a Department of Music Recommendation Form (.pdf), click here

Whom do I audition for?

Students audition before a UNCW Department of Music faculty committee in the performance area(s) listed on the audition application as the primary instrument.

May I audition on more than one instrument?

You may audition on the instruments you list as primary and secondary instruments on your audition application. Once at UNCW, you may study both instruments. However, once approved in a principal performance area and/or degree program, another audition will be required to change the principal performance area, pursue multiple performance areas, or change from one degree program to another

How long does the audition take?

It normally takes about ten minutes.

What should I perform at the audition?

To find out the audition repertoire for your instrument, go to: UNCW audition repertoire

Will I have an accompanist?

At no charge to the student, voice students are provided an accompanist, although students may bring their own accompanist. In other areas, if students wish to have an accompanist, they are encouraged to bring their own.
Please let us know if you are bringing your own accompanist by emailing at least two weeks prior to the audition If need be, students in other areas may request a UNCW accompanist. Those requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the audition by emailing the address above.

What do I need to bring to the audition?

Two copies of each of your audition pieces.

When will I learn the results of my audition?

At the exit interview on the day of your audition. You will be told the results of your audition and placement tests. It's also a great time to ask questions about studying music at UNCW. The Department of Music will follow up with a letter listing the approved degree program and recommendations for Theory and (for majors) Class Piano.

What if I can't make any of the audition dates?

You may upload an audition file through Acceptd. For more information, you may also contact Mr. Dominic Talanca, audition coordinator, at

What needs to be on the DVD?

On the DVD recording and disc container, clearly indicate your name, instrument or voice category, and the selections performed. This information can also be supplied in the comments area of the YouTube video.
Applicants submitting a video audition should mail it with the DVD disc by March 15.
Mail the DVD to:
Attention: Music Admissions
UNCW Department of Music
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5975

Will I be able to audition on another date if I am unable to audition during one of the published dates?

Yes, but we strongly encourage students to audition during one of the published dates in order for us to have ample time to get to know one another. Students may request an arranged audition by contacting the Department of Music as soon as possible at if they are unable to attend any of the published dates.

How do I apply for scholarships?

If you would like to be considered, check the box on the audition application that asks if you would like to be considered for scholarships. Only students who audition in person before March 15.
Students applying via DVD are not eligible for scholarships.
For information about Department of Music scholarships and awards, go to Department of Music Scholarships and Awards

Will I be notified that you received my audition application?

You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation. Shortly thereafter, a letter will be e-mailed to you and also sent to the address provided on your audition application.

When will I be notified of the audition schedule?

Approximately two weeks before the audition day, letters with the schedule will be e-mailed to you and sent to the address provided on your audition application

For more information:
In e-mails and voice mails, please include your name, instrument, phone number and how we can assist you.