As a student in the undergraduate flute program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, you will be immersed in a program where your instrument is at the core of your studies, preparing you for a life as a professional musician.
Bachelor of Music
Small studio sizes allow for close work and mentorship with your flute teacher from day one. The unrivaled music faculty are also active, accomplished musicians, meaning they bring with them their own perspectives from the current professional world. You will have weekly one-on-one lessons with your teacher, receiving close attention and developing your own personal style. Weekly studio master classes offer the opportunity to refine your performance skills with constructive feedback from your teacher and peers, while building your confidence on stage.
Performance opportunities at UNCSA abound. In the School of Music, participation in large and chamber music ensembles is an integral part of the curriculum, as are recitals. The campus is situated in an area with a thriving arts culture and community performances and paid gigs are available to you. The woodwind program will also prepare you for state, national and international competitions, as well as orchestral auditions.
In your first two years of undergraduate flute degree study, you will begin private lessons, master classes and ensemble participation while studying the foundations of music theory, aural and keyboard skills and musical styles. You will take liberal arts courses in English, math or science, and the humanities.
Your studies in the foundational courses will continue in your third and fourth years, which include additional liberal arts courses, music history, repertoire, orchestration and career development classes. To prepare you for the possibility of teaching professionally, in your junior year, you will take a course in pedagogy and woodwind literature. In your senior year, you will fulfill your capstone graduation requirement, a full recital at both a juried recital hearing and a public performance.
Please submit video recordings with your application of at least 2 contrasting works following the repertoire guidelines below. You can choose to submit one recording with both works included or 2 separate recordings, but they should total 5-10 minutes of recorded material.
Students will be asked to attend a live virtual audition to review these recordings with the faculty, and should expect additional playing requests at that time. If you cannot attend a live virtual audition, you will need to submit additional recordings to fulfill all requested repertoire. Those that audition by recording or live will be considered equally for admission.
- One movement of a J.S. Bach Sonata
- Exposition of the First movement of a Mozart Concerto (G or D)
- One piece representative of the student's ability
- Two Standard Orchestral Excerpts (as from the Baxtresser book)
"I am cognizant of the difficulty and stress you may be experiencing in preparing for the video requirement of your online application this audition cycle. I want you to know that here at UNCSA we are a team. When you join, you are joining a whole team, which will be behind you and supporting you all the way. You should never feel like you are alone here. For this reason, I am available to work with you in preparing your recording and I invite each applicant to contact me directly."
Your time at UNCSA will prepare you to embrace a broad range of possibilities after graduation. Alumni of the woodwind program occupy positions throughout the United States as performers, educators, studio players and arts administrators.