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.
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
Faculty brass ensemble will choose a UNCSA student composition to record.
Saxophone Professor Robert Young will choose a student composition to premiere on his new music concert.
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.
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.
Premieres of student compositions for cello duo, cello quintet, viola duo, clarinet quintet, etc.