Composition Studio

Composition Studio

The Composition program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is dedicated to giving you the tools and opportunities you need to develop your musical language. Nestled in a community that values a vibrant arts culture and on a campus where the focus is nothing but the arts, UNCSA is a haven for creative innovation.

2020-2021 Projects

Guest Ensembles


After a Zoom session in September to discuss challenges and opportunities in writing for their ensemble, yMusic - equally at home with the music of Andrew Norman and Paul Simon - will return in April for a concert and a recording session of student compositions.

Borromeo String Quartet

String Quartet in Residence at the New England Conservatory, Borromeo will perform a concert and do a recording session of student compositions in April.

Winston Salem Symphony

The Winston Salem Symphony will choose a winner of their annual competition for UNCSA student composers for a professional premiere.

Performance Faculty Projects

Watson Brass

Faculty brass ensemble will choose a UNCSA student composition to record.

Saxophone premiere

Saxophone Professor Robert Young will choose a student composition to premiere on his new music concert.

Song Sessions

Faculty vocalists Jodi Burns, Phyllis Pancella, Glenn Siebert and Marilyn Taylor will team with cellist Brooks Whitehouse, bassist Paul Sharpe and pianist Allison Gagnon in a performance of student songs.

Reynolda String Quartet

Faculty string quartet records student compositions.

Student Ensembles

Given the pandemic, we are not able to have full orchestra or full wind ensemble concerts. We plan to bring those back in 2021-22, including premieres of student compositions. Still, we are having numerous ensemble performances of student compositions this year.

Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute

Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute premieres two student compositions commissioned by the Forsyth County Audubon Society.


Student brass ensemble premieres a student composition.

UNCSA Saxophone Quartet

Student saxophone quartet premieres a student composition.

UNCSA String Orchestra

Student string orchestra premieres works by four composition students.


Student new music ensemble premieres a composition by a UNCSA student.

Performance Hour

Premieres of student compositions for cello duo, cello quintet, viola duo, clarinet quintet, etc.