As a graduate viola program student at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, you will be immersed in an environment of hard-working, dedicated musicians who – like you – are committed to the joy of mastering their craft. At UNCSA, the conservatory environment creates a close community of violists and artists of all disciplines that fosters success and prepares you to pursue a life of music.
Master of Music
The graduate viola degree program will nurture your passion for your instrument and prepare you for a life as a professional musician. As a graduate student, you will participate in all departmental juries and perform two recitals, one in Year One and a second in Year Two. In addition to private lessons and master classes, you will also take Career Strategies courses that strengthen skills needed in the professional world, like those for auditions, entrepreneurship, recording and portfolio preparation.
You may also choose to apply to the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, either as an individual musician or as part of an ensemble. This unique graduate program is dedicated to the development of outstanding chamber musicians. It features regular coaching from artist-faculty and guest chamber ensembles, an annual coaching with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for select groups, touring and performance opportunities, professional recording sessions and more.
Professional Artist Certificate
If you already have a graduate degree, you may also choose to pursue a Professional Artist Certificate. This post-master’s program is designed to advance your career potential as a young professional violist. If you are interested in independent studies offered through this program, you are encouraged to propose a one-year course of study that is tailored to your interests and experience.
Graduates of the UNCSA string program perform in the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. They serve as associate concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony, assistant principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony and as concertmaster of regional orchestras in Tulsa, OK, Fayetteville, AR, and Chattanooga, TN. They perform in the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Miami String Quartet, the Sofia String Quartet from Bulgaria, the Grammy-nominated Radamés Gnattali Quartetfrom Brazil and have performed throughout the world as members of the Miró Quartet and the Melos Quartet.
Our alumni also also teach at major conservatories and universities, including the University of Michigan, University of Northern Colorado, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Virginia, the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Some of our graduates have also gone in different directions within the profession—one of our high school violin alumni, Caroline Shaw, is the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Composition.