Be A Mars Hill Musician! (BAMM)

BAMM days are specifically geared to giving prospective students an opportunity to see firsthand what it would be like to perform with us at Mars Hill.  Whether your interest is in a major or minor in music, singing or playing in an ensemble, or you just need to figure that out, a BAMM day can help you do just that.

A typical schedule might include:

  • Orientation meeting with faculty, admissions, and financial aid
  • Attend select music classes
  • Sit in on rehearsals with choir, band, and/or small ensembles
  • A private lesson
  • Campus Tour

Our Fall BAMM date is Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  Sign up here, or to receive additional information, contact

J. Elwood Roberts/MHU Choral Festival

The J. Elwood Roberts – Mars Hill University Choral Festival was established in 1949 by the late J. Elwood Roberts to improve choral music in the high schools of western North Carolina. While in the beginning the “clinic” was comprised of about fifteen schools in the closely surrounding area, this annual event has grown into one of the premiere choral festivals in the southeast. Each year over 800 students from approximately 100 high schools audition for the Festival Choir (from which about 350 make the choir).

These students (and their teachers) attend the two-day event under the tutelage of some of the most recognized names in choral music. The guest conductor for the 2022 festival (scheduled February 18-19) is Rollo Dilworth from Temple University.

For more information contact

MHU Honor Band

January of 2022 will see the start of a new tradition at MHU.  The first Mars Hill University Honor Band is being planned for January 6-9.  For more information, please contact the Director of Bands (Dr. Hunter Kopczynski).

Summer Band Camp 2022

After two years of absence due to COVID, we are once again planning to host our summer band camp.  More details will be posted soon, or you can contact the Director of Bands (Dr. Hunter Kopczynski) for more information.