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Students in the Bachelor of Arts program in Music study the foundations of music theory, history, and performance in the western classical tradition.
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Music (K-12) Education
A specialized curriculum to prepare students for successful careers in Music Education, for teaching both instrumental and vocal music in grades Kindergarten through 12.
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Music Studio
Music, Music Industry
Chowan University’s Music Industry Emphasis is designed for musicians to develop expertise as professionals in the music industry, using the latest technology in the field.
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In addition to weekly private instruction, music students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of ensembles.

  • Chowan Singers
  • Chowan Winds
  • Community Chorus
  • Jazz Band
  • Chamber Ensembles

Students from other majors across campus are welcome to participate in several of our ensembles. Contact the department at for more information.

audition Information

Scholarships are available to students for all areas of music performance. A student may audition in more than one performance medium. Auditions are held in Briley Recital Hall (in Daniel Hall) with no sound amplification. Music chosen for the audition should display the highest level of performance attained.

  • Singers should prepare two selections in different styles from memory. These should be sung with live piano accompaniment. We will provide an accompanist.
  • Instrumentalists should prepare one piece of appropriate solo literature.
  • Instrumentalists should be prepared to play major and minor scales.
  • Students auditioning in piano should be prepared to play two selections representing different style periods.
  • Piano students should be prepared to play selected major and minor scales, hands together a minimum of two octaves.
  • You will be asked to sight-read from a piece of music for your performance medium.
  • You will be asked to match pitches in order to assess your tonal memory skills.

All students must be accepted for admission to Chowan University prior to the music audition. The music audition must be performed before enrollment in music coursework.

Auditions may also be scheduled in conjunction with a personal visit at other times at the discretion of the Department of Music and the Admissions Office. Email or contact 252-398-6236.  Auditions are typically held on Admissions event dates. 

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Dr. Mary Hellmann Professor of Music; Chair, Department of Music 252-398-6201

Message from the Chair

Our expert faculty have chosen Chowan University because it is a teaching institution where we offer a strong focus on students. Students in the Arts and Sciences benefit from professors who have a breadth of experience, scholarship, and practical knowledge. Our main goal is to guide students toward their professional pursuits in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Jordan Cartrette
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Dr. Christopher Cook
Associate Professor of Music
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Suzanne Daniel
Adjunct Professor
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Marion Foster
Secretary, Department of Music and Dean of School of Arts and Sciences
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Dr. Mary Hellmann
Professor of Music; Chair, Department of Music
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John Johnson
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Dejuan Lee
Staff Pianist/Accompanist
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Benjamin M. McCarthy
Adjunct Music Professor
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Ben Thornburn
Dr. Benjamin Thorburn
Associate Professor of Music
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Helen White
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