The School of Music offers a transformative conservatory experience that combines intensive individual study under artist mentors with a rich variety of performance opportunities — more than 200 recitals, concerts and operas each year, including collaborations with other UNCSA arts schools. You will attend weekly master classes taught by distinguished guest artists, rehearse and perform in state-of-the-art facilities and “gig” as a professional musician in Winston-Salem.
In addition to our competitive music school undergraduate and graduate programs, we’re proud to offer one of the nation’s only four-year residential high school programs. The School of Music is also home to the renowned A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, a tuition-free graduate-level professional training ground for exceptional young vocalists.
For Felipe Tristán, music is everything. The 2011 alumnus conducts and teaches with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Manhattan School of Music and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.
Throughout her reign, alumna Nia Franklin will use her voice for more than singing. She has dedicated her year as Miss America to advocating for arts education.
In 2008, Saxton Rose became only the second bassoon professor in the 50-year history
of the UNCSA School of Music. He is one of America’s most recognized bassoon soloists
and chamber musicians, and has served as interim dean since July 2020.
Several UNCSA alumni are nominated for Emmy Awards in creative arts categories, and other alumni have worked on programs that are nominated as the best in their category.
Saxton Rose has been appointed interim dean and Steven LaCosse will be artistic director of Fletcher Opera Institute, Chancellor Brian Cole has announced.
Jessica McJunkins' award for creative project will support her work as a cultural equity contractor for artists of color. Olivia Mead's award for creative enterprise will sustain her nonprofit organization, YogaShield Yoga For First Responders (YFFR).