As an undergraduate 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.
Bachelor of Music
The conservatory experience engages you in weekly private lessons with your teacher who will help you build foundational skills and explore your own artistic choices. Of equal importance are your weekly studio master classes, where, through collaboration with your peers, you will perform and analyze performances, learning to see yourself through the work of your colleagues. These studio classes, along with your many performances, aim to truly make you at home on the stage. Performance opportunities at UNCSA are many. You will participate in chamber groups and large ensembles, performances in community venues, and recitals, among others.
In your first two years of undergraduate viola degree study, you will begin private lessons, master classes, and orchestra or ensemble performances while studying the foundations of music theory, aural and keyboard skills and musical styles. You will pursue liberal arts courses in English, math or science, and the humanities. In your freshman through junior years you are also required to attend a weekly Performance Hour, where music students perform and experience different musical genres, styles, and instruments.
Your studies will continue in your third and fourth years with additional liberal arts courses, music history and career development classes. In Year Four, you will fulfill your capstone graduation requirement, a full recital at both a juried recital hearing and a public performance.
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.