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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.

Welcome from Karen Beres, Interim Dean of Music
Karen Beres

I am happy to welcome you, both as the Interim Dean in the School of Music and a 13-year veteran of the music faculty. Our world-class artist faculty and visiting guest artists provide training in the only school in the nation offering residential college, graduate and high school programs in music. Our unique campus offers possibilities for collaboration with top-level actors, dancers, design and production majors, filmmaking students and visual artists in projects throughout the year.

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Alumni Stories
Nothing speaks quite so highly of the School of Music as the achievements of our alumni.
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The UNC School of the Arts School of Music has a new dean. Brian Cole, currently dean of academic affairs at the Valencia, Spain, campus of Berklee College of Music, will take the UNCSA job, effective Aug. 1.

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Nutcracker 2015 – University of North Carolina School of the Art’s Finest

If you want to directly tap into and mainline some Christmas spirit this season, UNCSA’s Nutcracker is exactly where you need to be.

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Industry Connections

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

Music News
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