As a student in the undergraduate violin program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, you will be part of a group of hardworking musicians dedicated to mastering their instruments in an atmosphere that immerses you in the arts and performance.
The conservatory experience engages you in weekly private lessons with your teacher who will help you build the foundations of your craft and explore your own artistic choices. Of equal importance are your weekly studio master classes, where, through collaboration with your peers, you will perform and analyze performances, learning to see yourself through the work of your colleagues. These studio classes, along with your many performances, aim to truly make you at home on the stage. Performance opportunities at UNCSA are many – chamber groups and large ensembles, performances in community venues and recitals.
In your first two years of undergraduate violin degree study, you will begin private lessons, master classes and orchestra or ensemble performances while studying the foundations of music theory, aural and keyboard skills and musical styles. You will pursue liberal arts courses in English, math or science, and the humanities. In your freshman through junior years, you are also required to attend a weekly Performance Hour, where music students perform and experience different musical genres, styles, and instruments.
Your studies will continue in your third and fourth years with additional liberal arts courses, music history and career development classes. In Year Four, you will fulfill your capstone graduation requirement, a full recital at both a juried recital hearing and a public performance.
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 Quartet from 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.
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).
UNCSA has announced the annual recipients of the prestigious William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Scholarships, which pay for tuition, fees, room and board for four years of undergraduate study.
When internationally acclaimed violinist Ida Bieler joined the faculty of the UNCSA School of Music in 2013, it was a homecoming. Though based in Europe for more than four decades, she was part of UNCSA's first class of high school students in 1965.