April 28, 2015/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



(WINSTON-SALEM) Three high school seniors at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) are 2015 YoungArts Foundation winners, High School Dean and Headmaster Jill Lane has announced.

The winners are Jason Lewis from Glencoe, Ill., for guitar performance; McClain Miles, from Birmingham, Ala., for theatre; and Christian Muller from Charlotte, for theatre.

“Only about 8 percent of the applicants are chosen each year, so it is a tremendous honor,” Lane said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the students. All of their faculty mentors are proud of their achievements.” 

The National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 to identify and support the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and raise appreciation for the arts in American society. Each year, there are approximately 11,000 applications to YoungArts from students in grades 10 through 12, and from these, approximately 800 winners are selected.

YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields include actresses Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington; four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza; Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard, Eric Owens, and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.


Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is America’s first state-supported arts school, a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system when it was formed in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.