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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 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.

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
Alumni Stories
Nothing speaks quite so highly of the School of Music as the achievements of our alumni.
Latest Headlines
International educator Brian Cole named UNCSA Dean of Music

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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UNCSA Symphony Gives Saint-Saëns "Organ" Symphony a Full Court Press at WFU

This is March Madness season when universities send their star basketball teams to make the rounds. Why should not they send out their star orchestras as well?

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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
Learn more about the UNCSA School of Music through these features and news stories.
School of Music Performances
High calibre performances by student musicians, faculty and guest artists.