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The UNC School of the Arts has a commitment to outreach and community engagement that dates back to the first years of the School. These programs enrich the cultural life of many areas of the state and region, and also provide UNCSA students with valuable performance experience. During the academic year (September-May) the UNCSA Outreach Office coordinates and makes referrals to three types of outreach programs: touring, education and community outreach.

Calls for general information can be directed to Joe Mount.

Touring Programs

Community Public Performances (September-May)
UNCSA offers a wide variety of public performances that are available to community presenters. Concert venues include community colleges, historic sites, art museums, and other venues. UNCSA has an ongoing relationship with several North Carolina communities to perform chamber music concerts. Some of these communities include Chapel Hill, Hendersonville, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Charlotte, as well as venues in southern Virginia. UNCSA esembles have performed in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York; Moro Bay; Calif.; and Atlanta, among other cities across the country.
Contact: Joe Mount

Open Dream Ensemble
Open Dream Ensemble has reached countless youth throughout North Carolina, the southeast region and beyond in performances of original musical theater, the first web series geared for elementary students, The Adventures of Open Dream Ensemble, and arts-integrated in-school residencies.  Comprised of professional artists who graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Open Dream Ensemble is an outreach program of UNCSA and a project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute of the Arts.

Education Programs


In-School Music Programs
Students and faculty from the UNC School of the Arts visit approximately 20-30 schools per year. These activities are organized through the Office of Career Services and Outreach. These programs typically target music students on middle and high school level.
Contact: Joe Mount

Fletcher Opera Institute (
The Institute offers education programs, which introduces young audiences to opera. Opera Fellows visit approximately 30 elementary schools per year, as part of the Fletcher Opera Fellowship training. Fletcher Opera innovative outreach programs have included "What's All the Shouting About?," "Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing," and "Jack and the Beanstalk".
Contact: Steve LaCosse

Community Music School (
The Community Music School offers private music lessons, group classes and ensemble opportunities for students of all ages from throughout the Triad and beyond. No audition or previous experience is required. The CMS is centrally located in the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.
Contact: Jennifer Alexandra Johnston

Winston-Salem Youth Orchestras (
The Winston-Salem Youth Symphony was founded in 1973 under the auspices of the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2002 the official name of the organization became the Winston-Salem Youth Orchestras. There are three orchestras under the umbrella of the Youth Orchestras program: Youth Symphony, Youth Philharmonic, and Premiere Strings. The Youth Orchestra is jointly sponsored by the WSYO Parents Association, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the UNC School of the Arts.


In-School Modern Dance Residency Program
Funded by a grant from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Geared to high school ages. Students learn about phrasing, abstracted movement, partnering, musicality and presenting material.
Contact: School of Dance

"Peter and the Wolf"
The story ballet “Peter and the Wolf” is presented in local schools by ballet students and is coordinated by faculty member Frank Smith.
Contact: School of Dance

Pluck Project
Outreach is a component of the Pluck Project, a student-directed program composed of modern dancers at the senior college level. As part of the program which culminates in a New York performance, the students tour to 8-10 N.C. schools.
Contact: Joe Mount

Festival of North Carolina Dance
The Festival of North Carolina Dance is held on the UNCSA campus, over a weekend in February, with classes for approximately 350 students from dance schools and companies across North Carolina. Classes include ballet technique, contemporary technique, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, improvisation, character, and ballet repertory. The weekend concludes with a performance at Stevens Center of adjudicated works by North Carolina dance companies selected for the performance.
Contact: School of Dance

Prepartory Dance Program
The Preparatory Dance Program offers classes to elementary and middle school students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools. Many of the students go on to audition for the School of Dance's professional training program.
Contact: School of Dance


N.C. Thespian Festival
The School of the Arts regularly hosts the annual conference of the North Carolina Thespian Society during March. The society conducts elections, holds a play marathon and stages its own drama competition. In addition, UNCSA faculty members, alumni and advanced students present numerous workshops for the aspiring actors and behind-the-stage artists.
Contact: Brent LaFever

Drama Workshops in NC Schools. Members of the senior drama class offer a variety of workshops to drama students in public school drama programs. A variety of workshops are offered, including Shakespeare, masks, theatre games, and a performance of "Schoolhouse Rock".
Contact: Joe Mount

Community Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Musical Interludes
The Musical Interludes outreach program at UNCSA schedules UNCSA musicians on various patient floors at Baptist Hospital. Performers include students and alumni of UNCSA. The performances are very informal and are enjoyed by patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.
Contact: Joe Mount

A.R.C.H. (Artists Reaching Children in the Hospital) Program
UNCSA students and guest artists to Brenner Children's Hospital to perform for, interact with, and engage young patients in artistic and creative activities. This interaction helps them cope with the anxiety of being in a hospital. Student artists make regular visits during the school year.
Contact: Joe Mount

Arts Alive!
The Arts Alive! Program includes performances by soloists and ensembles. Concerts in Davis Chapel are performances that are 30 minutes in length, and recorded by the medical center AV department for later broadcast on the in-house TV channel. Other venues are primarily background music, intended to enhance the environment in waiting areas.
Contact: Joe Mount

Retirement Home Performances

UNCSA students give performances in local retirement communities throughout the academic year.