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The School of the Arts has a commitment to touring and outreach that dates back to the earliest years of the School. These programs enrich the cultural life of many areas of the state and region, and also provide NCSA students with valuable performance experience. NCSA ensembles and individuals perform throughout the state and region as part of the School’s touring programs. During the academic year (September-May) the NCSA Outreach Office coordinates and makes referrals to three types of outreach programs: touring, education and community outreach.

Calls for general information can be directed to Joe Mount.

Touring Programs

NCSA Summer Performance Festival (July-August)
Each year, exceptionally talented student artists from NCSA are selected by audition to perform in the illuminations program on Roanoke Island in Manteo. The series debuted in 1998 and runs six weeks in July and August. Performances are at Roanoke Island Festival Park and audiences are drawn from community residents and visitors to the Outer Banks from throughout the United States. More than 100 students and faculty participate in the 70 performances during the season, which include ballet, modern dance, drama, film screenings, and a repertory program of chamber and orchestral works, as well as a special musical July 4th fireworks extravaganza.
Contact: Steve Davis

Community Public Performances (September-May)
NCSA offers a wide variety of public performances that are available to community presenters. Concert venues include community colleges, historic sites, art museums, and other venues. NCSA has an ongoing relationship with several North Carolina communities to perform chamber music concerts. Some of these communities include Chapel Hill, Hendersonville, Wilmington, Davidson, Raleigh, and Charlotte. In addition, touring ensembles have performed in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York; Moro Bay; Calif.; and Atlanta, among other cities across the country.
Contact: Joe Mount

Open Dream Ensemble
Comprised of professional artists trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts in dance, drama, and music, the Open Dream Ensemble performs original, curriculum-based, multidisciplinary works for schoolchildren and their families and offers in-school residencies throughout the state. 
While remaining dedicated to serving North Carolina audiences, Open Dream will launch in the Eastern USA during the 2008 – 2009 season.

Open Dream Ensemble is a project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute of the Arts, a program that provides strategic and financial support for creative projects associated with the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Education Programs


In-School Music Programs
The students and faculty from the School of the Arts visit approximately 20-30 schools per year. These activities are organized through the Office of Alumni/Career Services and Outreach. In the 2007-2008 year, education programs include the NCSA Jazz Ensemble, NCSA Wind Ensmble, NCSA Trombone Choir, NCSA Saxophone Quartet, and workshops by the woodwind faculty. These programs typically target music students on middle and high school level.
Contact: Joe Mount

Fletcher Opera Institute (
The Institute offers education programs, which introduces young audiences to opera. Opera Fellows visit approximately 30 elementary schools per year, as part of the Fletcher Opera Fellowship training.In 2007-2008 year, the Fletcher Opera outreach program presents Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing.
Contact: Steve LaCosse

Community Music School (
The Community Music School offers private music lessons, group classes and ensemble opportunities for students of all ages from throughout the Triad and beyond. No audition or previous experience is required. The CMS is centrally located in the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.
Contact: Jennifer Alexandra Johnston

Winston-Salem Youth Orchestras (
The Winston-Salem Youth Symphony was founded in 1973 under the auspices of the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2002 the official name of the organization became the Winston-Salem Youth Orchestras with the more experienced orchestra remaining the Youth Symphony and the Repertory Orchestra becoming the Youth Philharmonic. The Youth Orchestra is jointly sponsored by the WSYO Parents Association, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the North Carolina School of the Arts.


In-School Modern Dance Residency Program
Funded by a grant from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Geared to high school ages. Students learn about phrasing, abstracted movement, partnering, musicality and presenting material.
Contact: School of Dance

"Peter and the Wolf"
The story ballet “Peter and the Wolf” is presented in local schools by ballet students and is coordinated by faculty member Frank Smith.
Contact: School of Dance

Pluck Project
Outreach is a component of the Pluck Project, a student-directed program composed of modern dancers at the senior college level. As part of the program which culminates in a New York performance, the students tour to 8-10 N.C. schools.
Contact: Joe Mount

Festival of North Carolina Dance
The Festival of North Carolina Dance is held on the NCSA campus, over a weekend in February, with classes for approximately 350 students from dance schools and companies across North Carolina. Classes include ballet technique, contemporary technique, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, improvisation, character, and ballet repertory. The weekend concludes with a performance at Stevens Center of adjudicated works by North Carolina dance companies selected for the performance.
Contact: School of Dance

Prepartory Dance Program
The Preparatory Dance Program offers classes to elementary and middle school students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools. Many of the students go on to audition for the School of Dance's professional training program.
Contact: School of Dance


N.C. Thespian Festival
The School of the Arts regularly hosts the annual conference of the North Carolina Thespian Society during March. The society conducts elections, holds a play marathon and stages its own drama competition. In addition, NCSA faculty members, alumni and advanced students present numerous workshops for the aspiring actors and behind-the-stage artists.
Contact: Robert Moyer

Drama workshops in NC Schools. Members of the senior drama class offer a variety of workshops to drama students in public school drama programs. A variety of workshops are offered, including Shakespeare, masks, theatre games, and a performance of Schoolhouse Rock.
Contact: Joe Mount

Community Outreach Programs

ARCH Project
The ARCH (Artists Reaching Children in the Hospital) Project brings NCSA students and guest artists to Brenner Children's Hospital to perform for, interact with and engage young patients in artistic and creative activities. This interaction helps them cope with the anxiety of being in a hospital. Student artists make regular visits during the school year.
Contact: Joe Mount