Graduate Viola

Graduate Viola

As a graduate viola program student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, you will be immersed in an environment of hard-working, dedicated musicians who – like you – are committed to the joy of mastering their craft. At UNCSA, the conservatory environment creates a close community of violists and artists of all disciplines that fosters success and prepares you to pursue a life of music.

Master of Music

The graduate viola degree program will nurture your passion for your instrument and prepare you for a life as a professional musician. As a graduate student, you will participate in all departmental juries and perform two recitals, one in Year One and a second in Year Two. In addition to private lessons and master classes, you will also take Career Strategies courses that strengthen skills needed in the professional world, like those for auditions, entrepreneurship, recording and portfolio preparation.

You may also choose to apply to the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, either as an individual musician or as part of an ensemble. This unique graduate program is dedicated to the development of outstanding chamber musicians. It features regular coaching from artist-faculty and guest chamber ensembles, an annual coaching with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for select groups, touring and performance opportunities, professional recording sessions and more.

Professional Artist Certificate

If you already have a graduate degree, you may also choose to pursue a Professional Artist Certificate. This post-master’s program is designed to advance your career potential as a young professional violist. If you are interested in independent studies offered through this program, you are encouraged to propose a one or two-year course of study that is tailored to your interests and experience.


Graduates of the string program have careers in teaching and performance around the world, including teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Philharmonic and Nero String Quartet, a Grammy-nominated first violinist of a Brazilian quartet, and musicians in regional and international ensembles.

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