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School of Music

School of Music

The path to professional musicianship leads through the conservatory. The School of Music offers a transformative conservatory experience that combines intensive individual study under artist mentors with a fantastic variety of performance opportunities — more than 200 recitals, concerts and operas each year, including breathtaking collaborations with other UNCSA performing arts schools. You will attend weekly master classes taught by distinguished guest artists, rehearse and perform in state-of-the-art facilities, and “gig” as a professional musician in Winston-Salem. In addition to our competitive undergraduate and graduate programs, we’re proud to offer one of the nation’s only 4-year residential high school programs. The School of Music is also home to the renowned A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, a professional training ground for exceptional young vocalists.

School of Music Performances
High calibre performances by student musicians, faculty and guest artists.
Student to practice room ratio
School of Music public performances each year
Classes taught by graduate teaching assistants
Maximum class size for foundational theory, aural skills and keyboard classes
Welcome from Brian Cole, Dean of Music
Brian Cole

Brian Cole is an innovative, experienced and bi-lingual arts leader and conductor of orchestras and opera. His strengths include curriculum and program development, collaborative arts initiative development and implementation, and local and international projection.

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UNCSA's 'The Nutcracker' delivers a feast for the eyes and ears

UNC School of the Arts’ 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet opened Friday at the Stevens Center and will run through Dec. 18.

From the moment that the Mouse King curtain rises to the final fall of snowflakes, UNCSA’s “Nutcracker” delivers to the community a true masterpiece — a feast for the eyes and ears from start to finish.


Three Reasons 'The Nutcracker' is a Can't-Miss Holiday Event

The holidays are all about traditions – from decorating the tree to savoring grandma’s famous pecan pie. And one of the most anticipated traditions in North Carolina is UNC School of the Arts’ annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet.

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'Collage' is a special, collaborative concert at UNCSA

I’m not sure what could beat a bunch of oboes playing a gaggle of Lady Gaga songs, but Christopher James Lees is going to give it a shot in his second annual “Collage Concert” at UNC School of the Arts on Saturday at the Stevens Center.

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Industry Connections

The School of Music has connections with many prestigious institutions and organizations. Here are just a few. 

Alumni Stories
Nothing speaks quite so highly of the School of Music as the achievements of our alumni.
Music News
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