Undergraduate Auditions & Scholarships


All students interested in participating in the music program must take a performance audition regardless of their 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.  Below is the process for completing your music scholarship audition.

Undergraduate Music Scholarship Auditions

1. Contact Mikal Thompson at hallowho@unm.edu to schedule your meeting with the faculty. Meetings will be scheduled for Feb. 20 and Feb. 25.

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).

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

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 Mikal Thompson


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 View this PDF for more information on Music Education Scholarships

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

Audition Dates

Monday, February 20, 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Schedule an Audition

To schedule an audition or for more information please contact:

Mikal Thompson

Specific Audition Repertoire Information

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

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