UPDATED 7/22/2011


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WINSTON-SALEM – Three alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have been nominated for Emmy Awards.


Alumnus Zach Seivers (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2006, Editing & Sound) received a nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming for his role as sound designer on Gettysburg (History Channel). Seivers shares his sound editing nomination with Charles Maynes, who was a guest artist in the School of Filmmaking in January 2006. Many additional UNCSA alumni worked on Gettysburg, which received a total of seven nominations. Seivers is originally from Mt. Airy.


Alumnus Tom Beck (School of Design and Production, Visual Arts Program, Class of 1973) is nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special for his role as lighting director on Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden (HBO).  Beck is originally from Winston-Salem; he is the son of retired UNCSA voice faculty member Bill Beck. This is Tom Beck’s fourth Emmy nomination.


Alumna Christal Schanes (School of Design and Production, Class of 2003, Wig and Makeup Program) is nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special for the Saturday Night Live episode with guest host Anne Hathaway. Schanes also has been nominated before.


In addition, alumnus Matt Cowart (School of Drama, Class of 2004, Directing) was co-producer and assistant director to Lonny Price, who is nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (PBS). Alumnus Adam Christopher Banks (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2006, Producing) served as post production supervisor on Friday Night Lights (DirecTV), which was nominated for four Emmys: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Kyle Chandler), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Connie Britton), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.


UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri is the recipient of two Emmy Awards: for writing, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra broadcast (1994), and for on-camera performance, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra broadcast (1998).


UNCSA also has several other ties to the Emmys, including two former commencement speakers, Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Bates, having been nominated for various roles.


The nominations were announced yesterday, July 14. The awards ceremony will be televised live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 18, on the FOX Television Network.


The Emmy® Awards are administered by three sister organizations that focus on various sectors of television programming: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (prime time), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary), and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international). (The Daytime Emmys for daytime, sports, news and documentary television programming operate under the jurisdiction of the National Television Academy in New York.) The Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of the television industry. The awards are a symbol of peer recognition from more than 15,000 members of the Academy. Each member casts a ballot for the category of competition in their field of expertise.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.