Undergraduate Auditions & Scholarships


All students interested in participating in the music program must take a performance audition regardless of intended major. These auditions take place at the beginning of the spring semester for the following fall. Our audition process is also used to determine which students will receive music scholarships.

We are thrilled to hear of your interest in undergraduate music scholarships at UNM.  While we are disappointed that we cannot meet you in person, hear your audition live, introduce you to our world-class faculty, and show you around our fantastic Department of Music facilities, we are happy to provide a safe alternative via video auditions.  We will also meet students via Zoom as part of the scholarship audition process.

Below is the process for completing your music scholarship audition. Please note that we know this is a difficult time and we plan to be as flexible as possible.  If you have complications with any parts of the audition, please let us know and we will try to help you find a solution.

Under Graduate Music Scholarship Auditions

1. Contact Michelle Morrison at mmorrison@unm.edu to register for your audition and to schedule your meeting with the faculty. Livestream zoom meetings will be scheduled for Feb. 15 and Feb. 20.  If your devices don’t work well with zoom, please let us know. We are also happy to arrange for skype, phone interviews, etc.

2. Once you schedule your audition/meeting a faculty member from the UNM Department of Music will be in touch with you regarding the audition and to schedule a sample lesson (optional, but recommended).

3. Record your audition video and upload it to Youtube. Your audition video may be viewed by multiple faculty members. Please select the option “unlisted” in the Privacy Settings found under the Broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube. Please contact Michelle Morrison if you need assistance in setting the video permissions.

4. Email a hyperlink of your video to Michelle Morrison mmorrison@unm.edu. The deadline to register and submit your video is February 12 at 5:00 pm.

Music Education Scholarships and Jazz Studies Scholarships

Additional scholarships are available for students majoring in music education or performing with one of our jazz ensembles. These scholarships are in addition to any other scholarships you receive.

To schedule a jazz audition, please inform Michelle Morrison that you wish to do so. Questions regarding the jazz scholarships should be directed to Professor Glenn Kostur at gkostur@unm.edu

Questions regarding the music education scholarships should be directed to Dr. Olivia Tucker otucker@unm.edu and Dr. George Nicholson gnicholson@unm.edu

Music Performance Scholarships

Music Performance Scholarships are awarded to entering freshmen who demonstrate outstanding talent via audition. Auditions are held annually on campus in February, and throughout the year by special appointment. They are awarded without consideration of financial need and are renewable for up to four years.

For more information contact Michael Hix

Band Grant Scholarships

Band Grant Scholarships are renewable scholarships awarded to students who participate in various bands. Students are selected for Band Grant Scholarships by audition, without consideration of academic major or financial need. The “Spirit” Marching Band Scholarship is available to every student who participates in the marching band in the fall semester. Soundpack Scholarships are given as per-game stipends to members who are selected by audition.

For more information contact Michelle Morrison


Scholarships for Music Education Majors

The Department of Music is happy to be able to provide additional scholarship assistance to outstanding undergraduate students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education degree at UNM. Awards range from $500-$800 per year and are guaranteed renewable for nine semesters for students making satisfactory progress through the Bachelor of Music Education degree program.

For more information contact Olivia Tucker or George Nicholson

Jazz Scholarships

String students who are interested in participating in the Jazz Studies program at UNM are eligible for additional scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on the merit of their audition.

For more information contact Glenn Kostur

General University Scholarships

These include the UNM Bridge Scholarship, which pays for in-state tuition for the fall semester, the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, Regent’s Scholarships, Presidential Scholarships, New Mexico Scholars Program, National Merit Awards, and Amigo Scholarships for transfer and out-of-state students.


University Scholarships

Virtual Audition

Deadline to register and submit videos is February 12, 2020

Schedule an Audition

To schedule an audition or for more information please contact:

Michelle Morrison

Specific Audition Repertoire Information

More detailed audition information for our individual programs and scholarships can be found here:

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