Bringing a wide range of experience in various areas of the music industry, Dr. Wade Weast became the Dean of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in July 2010. He holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, with additional study at the Tanglewood Institute and Columbia University.
While living in New York City, he performed regularly with the New Haven Symphony, New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and on Broadway. Upon accepting the professor of trumpet position at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he taught for 10 years, he performed regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Brass Quintet.
As a collaborative musician, he has performed with a diverse group of artists including the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Natalie Cole, and the rock group YES.
Having grown up with the tradition of the wind band, he was a member of the cornet section of the Goldman Memorial Band in New York City and Keith Brion's New Sousa Band.
Prior to becoming Music Dean at UNCSA, Dr. Weast was Director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida (USF), where he had first-hand involvement in the design, planning, and construction of a $46 million music building project, which is slated to open in January, 2011, as an All-Steinway School. As a fund raiser, he doubled the endowment for scholarships in six years at USF and has raised funds to support various initiatives including the Robert Helps Composition Competition and Festival and the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition and Festival.
He is a senior evaluator of music programs for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and was recently named a fellow in the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) Rising Leadership program.