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Nothing speaks quite so highly of the School of Music as the achievements of our alumni. With the performance and technical skills they learn at UNCSA, combined with their own dedication and musical talent, our graduates are leaving their mark in the professional world. Whether it's making music on an international stage, being accepted into a prestigious higher education institution, or starting their own ensembles, they go on to do incredible things.

Music alumni have gone on to perform with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Nero String Quartet, Giannini Brass Quartet, Camel City Jazz Orchestra and Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Operas, among many, many others. They have pursued graduate and post-graduate studies at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Colburn School and more.

Recent Featured Stories
Laura Jackson
Laura Jackson's chromatic path to conducting

From high school violin student to music director of the Reno Philharmonic, Laura Jackson tells how UNCSA laid the foundation for interpreting orchestral works of genius.

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Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens mixes classical & jazz into her art-infused life

Jazz vocalist, composer, songwriter and collaborator Becca Stevens (HS '02) came to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts her junior year of high school to study classical guitar. Her time at UNCSA changed her life's trajectory.

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Ed Stephenson
Guitar alumnus embraces the musical side of the Old North State

Ed Stephenson ended up as a college student in UNCSA's School of Music essentially by chance. And yet it was the start of the Canada native's life as a working musician, much of which has taken place right here in North Carolina.

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Eddie Barbash
Saxophonist alumnus plays in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert house band

Eddie Barbash (HS '07) collaborates with different coworkers every week on a carefully planned schedule as a member of the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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Rachyl Duffy
Violist achieves her graduate school dream and becomes an international champion

Violist Rachyl Duffy ('14) is a UNCSA William R. Kenan Jr. Excellence Scholarship recipient, current Colburn School graduate student and international viola competition champion - just to name a few of her accomplishments.

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Justin Poindexter
Songwriter and guitarist promotes music through work at Lincoln Center

Greensboro, North Carolina is more than 8,000 miles from Liuzhou, China. But when Justin Poindexter (HS '01, BM '06) has a guitar in his hands, the two worlds are only a song away.

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