High School Viola
High School Viola
As a student in the high school viola program 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.
High School Diploma
You will be able to focus on your passion for music while also studying traditional academic courses with weekly private lessons, group master classes, theory and sight reading lessons and can be assigned to chamber and large ensembles as appropriate. The School of Music requires a weekly Performance Hour where music students and faculty perform a wide range of musical styles and genres.
The music intensive curriculum is balanced by the academic classroom – 9th and 10th graders are required to take at least four academic courses, 11th graders at least three academic courses and 12th graders at least two. There are no academic classes held on Wednesdays to allow for group and large ensembles rehearsals, individual practice and lessons. High school musicians graduate with a diploma, with the option to work toward an additional “Concentration in Music” designation.
Graduates of the UNCSA string program perform in the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. They serve as associate concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony, assistant principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony and as concertmaster of regional orchestras in Tulsa, OK, Fayetteville, AR, and Chattanooga, TN. They perform in the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Miami String Quartet, the Sofia String Quartet from Bulgaria, the Grammy-nominated Radamés Gnattali Quartetfrom Brazil and have performed throughout the world as members of the Miró Quartet and the Melos Quartet.
Our alumni also also teach at major conservatories and universities, including the University of Michigan, University of Northern Colorado, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Virginia, the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Some of our graduates have also gone in different directions within the profession—one of our high school violin alumni, Caroline Shaw, is the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Composition.