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Wind Ensemble

Make music to take their breath away

Personalized instruction - Preparation for artistic and career success
Extensive performance opportunities

Personalized Woodwind instruction

The woodwind program at UNCSA is a highly focused training environment for the aspiring performer with a specially designed education tailored to the student’s needs and professional goals. Its full-time resident faculty includes internationally recognized artist-teachers Tadeu Coelho, flute; Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet; Merideth Hite, oboe; Saxton Rose, bassoon; and Taimur Sullivan, saxophone.

The intimate conservatory setting, frequent contact with the distinguished artist-faculty and small studios create a mentoring environment, and ensure students receive careful, personalized attention. Students meet with the primary studio teacher for private lessons, master classes, career development seminars, chamber ensembles, and larger ensemble sectional coaching.

Preparation for artistic and career success

Students at all levels are prepared intensively for recitals and becoming professional performers. The woodwind department also prepares their students for state, national, and international competitions, and auditions for conservatories and universities around the world. Recently, students have been prizewinners at the National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance and Music Teachers National Association competitions.

Extensive performance opportunities

Ensemble participation is by juried auditions and every student is given a significant number of performance opportunities. Students may be chosen to perform with the Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, nu Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and a variety chamber music groups.

Chamber music is an integral part of the UNCSA experience. Students have the opportunity to perform with their peers in trios, quartets, quintets, and other combinations, and receive weekly coaching from a faculty member. Chamber ensembles perform at both on-campus and off-campus engagements.


Graduate Program

The graduate program enables students to refine their technical skills and develop advanced interpretative techniques through the study and performance of significant works from the woodwind literature. A unique and progressive career strategies curriculum readies students for the competitive job market, competitions, orchestral and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) auditions. In addition to the master’s degree, the one-year Professional Artist Certificate program provides further focus on job placement and the development of future performing artists at the highest level. Supplementing on-campus performance opportunities are numerous professional ensembles active in the region with a tradition of hiring advanced UNCSA students.

Undergraduate Program

The four-year undergraduate program at UNCSA is designed for aspiring professional performers. The intensive music curriculum provides comprehensive training in performance, music literature, pedagogy, business skills and music research, providing UNCSA graduates with all the necessary tools to further their studies at the nation’s top graduate programs or begin their professional careers.

The diverse arts-conservatory setting provides unlimited opportunities for students to explore innovative ideas in programming and interdisciplinary performance. UNCSA is a professional musical community where the artist-faculty act as mentors, striving to continue the tradition in which many great performers were trained, personally guiding the students in their professional goals.

High School Program

The high school woodwind program at UNCSA is unique in the country. In a challenging yet supportive atmosphere, resident students work closely with the mentoring artist-faculty to develop fundamental artistic and technical skills that ensure unlimited future growth. In addition to intensive training in music, UNCSA has a strong commitment to providing a sound, supporting curriculum of academic studies to ensure the broader education of the artist. Our high school students’ SAT scores continually rank among the best of all high schools in North Carolina. Though we seek out the top students from across the United States, students with limited experience but extraordinary potential are also admitted. Due to the focused private instruction and audition preparation, graduates of the high school program are consistently accepted to the country’s leading music schools and universities.

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