Department of Music Coronavirus Updates

LAST UPDATED: Friday, July 31 (added fall operations information and Welcome Week events)

NC State will begin its 2020-21 academic year on Aug. 10, nine days earlier than originally scheduled, and will forgo fall break in order to complete the semester before Thanksgiving, including finals. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving for the remainder of the calendar year. Find out more about the new semester.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and community is our top priority, and we will continue to communicate with you as this situation evolves. Please refer to for the most up-to-date information on the university’s policies regarding the coronavirus.

New student orientation

New Student and Family Orientation and Summer Start programs for summer 2020 are moving online. The Department of Music will offer a video session through the online orientation platform, as well as weekly Transition Talks featuring members of our faculty for a live Q&A session. You can learn more, access the schedule and register for Transition Talks at

Wolfpack Welcome Week

Join us on Wednesday, August 5 or Tuesday, August 11 for a virtual Music Welcome Session on Zoom. You can find the link to join the meeting on the Wolfpack Welcome Week site. We will be happy to answer all of your questions about making music at NC State this fall!


Audition information for Department of Music ensembles is available at All of our ensembles will be operating in the fall! Marching band auditions will be conducted via video submission during the summer, including drum line and color guard. There are in-person or live Zoom audition options for most ensembles during the first week of classes, if you missed summer auditions. Please refer to the audition page as deadlines and requirements vary.

Fall 2020 concerts and recitals

For the safety of our students, campus community and friends we will not hold indoor concerts this fall. Our ensemble directors are developing a variety of innovative plans for outdoor, live streamed or recorded performances. Music performance minors will have recitals and family and friends will be able to watch them online.

Instrument rentals

Instrument rentals are available for students this fall, by appointment only. Read the instrument rental announcement for information on how to schedule your appointment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Colin Moore ( with questions regarding rentals and building access.

Practice rooms

The practice rooms in Price Music Center will be available for use by appointment only and during reduced hours. Rooms will be left vacant for an hour in between appointments. Disinfecting wipes will be available to wipe down piano keys before use. More information on how to reserve a practice room can be found here.

Resources for students

Pack Essentials – This is a difficult time — help is available. NC State and campus partners have developed many programs to support students in need of food, housing, financial, and educational security. Don’t wait; if you’re experiencing challenges due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) submit a Pack Essentials application today.

Keep learning – It may seem overwhelming to move to an entirely virtual learning environment on short notice. We’ve got good news. NC State is prepared, and your Pack is here to support you.

Textbooks – If you were unable to return to campus to retrieve your textbooks, Wolfpack Outfitters is offering free access to ebooks through May 25.

Stay active – WellRec is sharing free online workouts you can do at home!

Food, financial, housing and tech resources – A great list compiled by DASA of resources to help students cope with the effects of COVID-19.