Musical Empowerment at UNC-Chapel Hill serves 125 children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district whose families would not otherwise have access to music lessons. UNC-Chapel Hill students are paired with CHCCS children for free weekly, 40 minute, one-on-one music lessons and mentorship. Our program provides free instruments, music books, teacher workshops, and trainings to participants, as well as any other resources that may improve the quality and value of lessons. Lessons take place at the University United Methodist Church on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. We accept applications at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, and lessons begin in August and end in April. 




Board of Directors

Katharine Batchelor, Board Chair, Operations Director at North Carolina Study Center

Jeff Fuchs, Director of University Bands and Coordinator of External Activities at UNC-Chapel Hill

Ann Daaleman, Director of Phillips Middle School Orchestra Program

Marissa Cranford, Former Musical Empowerment at UNC Co-President, nursing student at Duke University

Jesse Safir, Musical Empowerment Parent 

Joshua Pongsitiphon, Current Carrboro High School Student, Musical Empowerment Student of 7+ years

Evan Linett, Current Musical Empowerment at UNC Senior Co-President

Kelly Kennedy (ex-officio), Current Musical Empowerment at UNC Junior Co-President


Faculty Advisor

Emil Kang, Professor of Practice, Executive Director for the Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill



UNC Music Department

UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Y

Carolina Center for Public Service: APPLES Service Learning Program

Carolina Performing Arts

University United Methodist Church


A partial list of the past student co-presidents of Musical Empowerment at UNC-Chapel Hill is given below:

  • Christine Moseley (Founder)

  • Michelle Lee

  • Mark Frank

  • Kara Schoo

  • Josie Johnson

  • Landon Meekins

  • Wes Johnson

  • Michele Hicks

  • Maggie Peng

  • Allie Howard

  • Katie Weinel

  • Kaitlyn Hamlett

  • Meredith Richard

  • Connor Davis

  • Marissa Cranford

  • Lindsay Player 

  • Evan Linett


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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117 W. Main St.

Suite B2

Carrboro, NC 27510

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​Musical Empowerment is a 501(c)(3)

EIN: 45-4589282

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