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.
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.
As a freelance violinist, Jessica McJunkins (Music '09) has shared the stage with symphonies, ensembles and music royalty: The Roots, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Solange.
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.
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).