Graduate Auditions & Scholarships


The Department of Music has many generous scholarship and assistantship opportunities for outstanding applicants

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Over 40 Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available through the Department of Music and are based on student ability and departmental needs. Most Department of Music Assistantships are half-assistantship, with an average workload of 10 hours per week for 17 weeks. The contract is by semester, but renewable if work is satisfactory. The stipend is currently $6,453.50 per academic year, in addition to a waiver of tuition (exclusive of special course fees) for up to 6 credits per semester (does not apply to summer tuition). Any additional hours, including summer coursework, can be taken at the resident tuition rate. Includes premiums for student health insurance.

Department of Music assistantships are generally awarded in the spring for the upcoming academic year. Students who are applying for admission to the graduate program and wish to be considered for an assistantship must submit all application materials, including the Graduate Financial Aid Application Form, by February 1. (December 1st is advised for best consideration for Band Assistantships).

To be eligible for an assistantship that involves teaching duties, an international student must demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by the TOEFL. A minimum score of 250 on the computerized version of the test will be required (equivalent to 600 for the paper-based or 100 for the internet version).

Contact the Graduate Advisor, Valerie Potter, by e-mail at for more information.

Assistantships Offered

  • Band
  • Bass Trombone
  • Brass Quintet –trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba
  • Clarinet
  • Computer Lab Management
  • Conducting (Choral)
  • Conducting (Orchestral)
  • History – contact Dr. Karl Hinterbichler for information
  • Jazz
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music Education – contact Dr. Regina Carlow for information about availability.
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Robb Trust (Composers’ Symposium/Robb Archive)
  • Saxophone
  • String area outreach/recruitment
  • String Pedagogy
  • String Quartet – violin, viola, cello
  • Theory
  • Voice
  • Woodwind Quintet – clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn

New Mexico Scholar Awards

New Mexico residents who wish to be considered for the New Mexico Scholar (Graduate 3% Tuition Scholarship) must have a completed FAFSA on file. This scholarship is awarded directly by the Financial Aid Office, and the Department of Music is not involved in the selection process. It is based on financial need and a student must already be a resident of New Mexico. If you meet the criteria, you will automatically be considered for this award.

Band & Orchestra Scholarships:

A number of Wind Symphony/Orchestra scholarships are also available. These require participation in the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra as needed. Contact Dr. Chad Simons, Associate Professor of Music, at (505) 277-4036 or by email at

Other Music Department Scholarships

There are additional Departmental scholarships that are available to outstanding graduate. Students do not apply for these specifically; they are awarded instead based on the recommendation of the faculty as part of the general scholarship award process each year.

Apply for a Graduate Assistantship or Scholarship:

Download the Application >

Graduate Auditions

Graduate auditions can be arranged by contacting the instructor in your major instrument, or the Graduate Advisor:

Valerie Potter

Vocal Performance students should contact the Vocal Area Coordinator:

Michael Hix
(505) 277-2126

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