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Jan. 28, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu




WINSTON-SALEM – Young dancers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and visual artists have the opportunity to participate in intensive summer training programs at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Registration is now open for “Going All Art” summer programs for high school students on the Winston-Salem campus.

Programs last from one to five weeks, and housing is available for students who live outside the immediate area. The deadline is May 1 for priority registration, which guarantees a place in the program (note: Dance and Music require auditions).

Information about each workshop, including cost, audition information and online registration links, is available at http://www.uncsa.edu/summersession/.

Following are highlights of programs offered.

Comprehensive Dance Intensive:  June 22 through July 26

A cross-disciplinary program for dancers ages 12 through 21, the workshop features a curriculum designed to reflect the needs of today’s professional dance world. Rooted in classical ballet and modern dance traditions, the program also offers an exposure to a variety of dance forms to optimize proficiency, versatility, and creativity. The session concludes with a fully-produced concert of work generated during the five weeks. All summer students will have an opportunity to perform in two dances.  An audition is required. Auditions will be offered on campus Feb. 8 and March 3; visit http://www.uncsa.edu/summersession/dance.htm for audition information.

Photos by Brent LaFever

Drama Intensive: June 22 to July 12

For ages 14 and up, the workshop emphasizes the process leading to excellent performance and focuses on fundamentals of the craft: acting, movement and voice.  Both script work and improvisation are included in acting classes, with ample time afforded for sharing ideas. Sessions in improvisation, dance, stage combat, circus skills and acting for the camera are part of the exciting and rigorous curriculum. A unique feature of this intensive is the opportunity all students have to participate in original plays - as writers, directors, actors, producers and stage managers. The session ends with a showcase of student work, to which families are invited. No previous experience or audition is required.

Filmmaking Intensive: June 22 through July 26

This program is open to rising high school sophomores through incoming college freshmen.  UNCSA’s dedication to developing the whole filmmaker extends to this summer program. Students will gain hands-on experience in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing and digital editing. They will also gain an understanding of the creative, analytical, organizational and cooperative elements of filmmaking and develop their own short narrative film, all with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, professional instruction from our artist-teachers, enthusiastic coaching and feedback from college teaching assistants, and the collaborative efforts of fellow student filmmakers. Within the program, the Rising Filmmakers section gives students with little or no experience a strong foundation in filmmaking, while the Advanced Filmmakers section challenges more experienced students.

Music Workshops

Summer Music Workshops at UNCSA offer aspiring musicians rich learning experiences and an abundance of opportunities to perform. Students are immersed in an intensive and supportive musical environment with faculty who are both world-class performers and dedicated teachers. Auditions are required for most workshops; visit http://www.uncsa.edu/summersession/music.htm for audition information. Eight different workshops will be offered in 2014:

Chamber Music on the Hill: June 22 through July 12
For students ages 12 through 25, this program integrates the study of chamber music with private lessons.
Students may audition in violin, viola, violoncello, woodwind, brass, and piano.  Active performing artists serve as mentors and coaches, guiding students to grow and mature in their performance abilities. The three-week time period allows for numerous master classes and public concerts, providing multiple performance opportunities.

Summer Vocal Intensive: June 22 through July 12
Students will explore a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical art song to opera and musical theatre, through a program that includes classes in voice, movement, and acting. Students receive voice master classes, small group voice lessons, movement classes, theory and sight singing classes, acting/dialogue coaching, scene staging, sight singing classes and Alexander Technique, in addition to private instruction from a major voice instructor. 

Composition/Music Technology Workshop: June 22 through July 12
For high school and college students with an interest in developing their creative potential in composition, this workshop will also benefit those who have already created their own music using programs like Garage Band, Cakewalk and Noteflight, but want to expand their creative perspective and technique. Students will create music using the latest digital technology and will also work with live performers. Each student will receive individual composition lessons, courses in composition techniques, music technology, recording, orchestration, harmony and counterpoint, plus a weekly seminar.

Harp Workshop: June 22-28
The workshop will focus on harp technique, practice techniques, performance practices, and musicianship and communication skills. The daily schedule includes private lessons, harp ensemble, master classes, special music topics, individual practice, performance opportunities and faculty recitals. Students will be placed in ensembles according to their skill level. Outings and evening concerts round out the program.

Flute Institute: Three one-week workshops beginning June 22, June 29 and July 6
Students can enroll for one or more of the intense flute experiences featuring master classes and flute lessons. The program will include warm-ups, technique classes, clinics covering how to practice, college auditions, orchestra auditions, intonation, breathing techniques, and stage presence.

Piano Workshop: June 29 through July 12
The program includes private instruction and group interaction to develop general musicianship, technique, and performance strategies; seminars including an introduction to the pipe organ; and master classes. Weekly student performances will include a final concert to which parents and members of the public are invited. A practice area dedicated for pianists features 14 comfortable soundproof rooms with regularly maintained grand pianos.

Organ Workshop: June 29 through July 12
Designed for both the beginning organist (with sufficient piano background) and the more advanced organist of high school age, the workshop will delve into topics including both standard organ repertoire and sacred music playing skills with a focus on solid hymn playing techniques and basic improvisation, practice techniques, registration, pedal technique, and basic musicianship classes. A strong focus on injury-preventive technique will be the capstone of the newly formatted two-week workshop. The workshop will utilize various stylistically different organs, and will include a
n excursion to Duke University.

Nothing But Nylon Guitar Workshop: July 6–12
Players at all levels of experience are welcome and no audition is required for this workshop. A rich mix of individual lessons, ensemble rehearsals, technique and musicianship sessions and special topic workshops fill each day.  The program includes opportunities to hear and play in musical settings including solo performances, ensembles, and improvisation forums in a variety of styles.

Visual Arts Intensive: June 22 through July 19

This program is for ages 14 through 18, with no prior experience or portfolio required.  A variety of two dimensional challenges including realistic and abstract assignments help to develop visual problem-solving skills in a variety of media and to sharpen a sense of optical awareness and craftsmanship. For sculptural projects, students use a variety of concepts, media and techniques to plan and articulate three-dimensional space. Along with hands-on experience, there is an emphasis on sketchbooks, journals and the development of a vocabulary to help in understanding and analyzing artwork.  All students will work on both drawing and design and sculpture. Beyond the studio, students will dive into historical art concepts and practices and contemporary imagery through slide shows, lectures, and field trips. The workshop concludes with a gallery exhibition and reception for families and friends.


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit uncsa.edu.


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