School of Music
As a music student, there are numerous performance opportunities available to you, including participation in one of our established ensembles. The UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, Cantata Singers, Jazz Ensemble, nu Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Fletcher Opera Workshop and chamber groups provide you with the chance to bring your passion to the stage in numerous public performances in Watson Hall, the Stevens Center and around the country. Past tours have taken our student ensembles to Charleston, Philadelphia and New York City, to name a few.
Formed in 2007, the nu ensemble provides outstanding UNCSA students with experience in performing art music that reflects current trends and cultural thinking. Centered on 21st century repertoire, nu also engages with composers from the recent past who have had a profound effect on contemporary music.
The UNCSA Jazz Ensemble has received widespread acclaim performing across the state and around the Southeast at jazz festivals, concert halls, public schools and other colleges each year. The band includes talented student musicians from the graduate, undergraduate, and high school divisions of the School of Music. The group's repertoire includes an extensive variety of big band jazz ranging from the traditional greats like Count Basie and Duke Ellington to Latin pieces and music in more contemporary styles.
Cantata Singers perform a variety of repertoire, including major works with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Liz Doebler conducts the Cantata Singers.
The UNCSA Wind Ensemble is conducted by Mark Norman and performs traditional and iconic repertoire as well as original contemporary works.
Chamber music is an integral part of the UNCSA experience. Students have the opportunity to perform with their peers in trios, quartets, quintets, and other combinations, and receive weekly coaching from a faculty member. Chamber ensembles perform at both on-campus and off-campus engagements.