May 13, 2010/For Immediate Release/High-Res photo available
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu       




WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri has announced that Wade Weast, director of the School of Music in the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, is the new dean of the UNCSA School of Music. His appointment is effective July 1.

Weast has been director of the USF School of Music since July 2003. He is also a professor at USF, where he has taught in the honors college.

Wade Weast

“Wade was the unanimous choice of our search committee and was met with great enthusiasm when he visited campus,” Chancellor Mauceri said. “The search committee, under the direction of Dean Jill Lane, represented the faculty of the School of Music, along with representatives of our students, our staff, the administration, the alumni and the boards. That he was their unanimous choice should bring a great sense of unanimity and support to Wade as he begins his leadership role with our School of Music.

“He is a great fit for the UNCSA School of Music. He has the perfect combination of attributes and skills: he is an accomplished, practicing musician (trumpet and cornet) and an experienced teacher, and has proven himself to be an academic leader. He is dedicated to creating a future of possibilities for his students by inspiring the highest standards of excellence in the practice room, the studio, the classroom, and on the stage. In addition, he has shown demonstrated success as a fundraiser,” Mauceri continued.

“I am confident that he is the right choice for us at this pivotal moment in our history, and look forward to working with him in taking the School of Music to the next level,” Mauceri concluded.

Weast said: “I am honored to be chosen as the dean of the School of Music at UNCSA. I look forward to drawing upon my experience to lead the school's amazing faculty and staff in raising the profile of the school. It is positioned to be the destination of choice for talented high school, undergraduate, and graduate student musicians both within the state and nationally.”

Before joining USF, Weast was at SUNY Fredonia from 1993-2003, where he taught all levels of trumpet and music theory, ear training, and sight singing, and served as the associate director of academic affairs from 1998-2003. He also directed a very large summer camp program during his time at SUNY Fredonia.

He has also taught at Mercyhurst College, the University at Buffalo, Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and the Sewanee Summer Music Center.

Weast has performed with the New Haven Symphony, New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and on Broadway. In addition, he has performed with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Natalie Cole, and the rock group YES. He has toured throughout the United States and has performed in Europe with his trumpet-organ duo ensemble, Baroque Consort. He has also performed early band works with the Goldman Band in New York City and Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band.

The New York Times noted his outstanding performance of Ralph Shapey’s Concertante for Trumpet and Ten Players. His performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at the Bach and Beyond Festival was also acclaimed.

Weast has recorded for the National Orchestral Association New Music Project and the New Jersey Composers Guild, and has produced recordings for the International Trumpet Guild. 

He has researched and presented theories about student-centered learning, peer learning, and mentoring at College Music Society and the International Conference on Arts and Humanities conferences. He has also lectured on preparing college auditions, brass performance, and brass pedagogy. He serves as scholarship competition chair for the International Trumpet Guild. 

Weast holds a doctorate from the Stony Brook University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music (cum laude) from the State University of New York at Fredonia, with additional studies at Columbia University and the Tanglewood Institute.

School of Music faculty member Michael Rothkopf has served as interim dean for the past two academic years.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.