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Message from the Dean

Wade Weast
Wade Weast,
School of Music Dean
Welcome to the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

I invite you to explore our fine school and its wonderful faculty through our website or a campus visit. Every day I am reminded of what makes this school so unique. Our faculty are exceptionally talented artists and scholars with international reputations. These artist-teachers, along with our talented high school, college, graduate, and certificate students present more than 200 public performances each year in state-of-the-art facilities that include Watson Hall, Crawford Hall, Hood Recital Hall, and the Stevens Center. Our guest artist program regularly brings world-class musicians such as Frederica von Stade and the Emerson String Quartet to campus for an up-close and personal experience for our students.

The city of Winston-Salem is a thriving arts community and provides numerous “gig” opportunities for our more advanced students. We regularly partner with our sister schools in drama, design and production, filmmaking, and dance to create truly breathtaking productions that rival professional companies around the world.

I look forward to welcoming you to UNCSA either as a student, parent, concertgoer, or supporter.  

Wade Weast, Dean
School of Music




"What a wonderful place for serious study and growth. The facilities are some of the best that I've seen anywhere and the faculty is top-notch, with real world experience under their belts...a student couldn't ask for a better situation to learn and grow as both a person and an artist." ~  Jennifer Higdon, Composer, Curtis Institute of Music

The School of Music is pleased to announce the successful completion of national searches in clarinet and piano.

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Oskar Espina Ruiz has performed as soloist at major concert halls and festivals around the globe to high critical acclaim. Born in Bilbao, Spain, he came to New York City in 1991 to further his studies in clarinet and won the top prizes at the Olga Koussevitzky and Artists International competitions. He holds a DMA from Stony Brook University and a MFA from Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where his major teachers were Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. He is artistic director of the Treetops Chamber Music Society, in Stamford, CT, while keeping a busy concert schedule.


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Before joining UNCSA, Dmitri Shteinberg headed the piano area at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is also on faculty at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT. His solo performances include the Jerusalem Symphony and the Richmond, Charlottesville and Manassas symphony orchestras; and chamber music appearances, the Summit Music Festival, Music Festival of the Hamptons, the ''Oleg Kagan'' Festival in Germany, Festival Aix-en-Provence in France and Open Chamber Music in Cornwall, England, as well as the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Saunders Theatre in Boston alongside New York Philharmonic members and the cellist Natalia Gutman.


Welcome to the UNCSA School of Music, a unique state-of-the-art conservatory offering intensive training and career development in music performance and composition since 1965. How are we unique?

  • With selective admissions, a robust scholarship program, and 7-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, we function like a private conservatory, yet are affiliated with the highly respected University of North Carolina system.
  • We offer a world-class artist faculty and an ample array of distinguished visiting artists to inspire and guide our students.
  • Magnificent facilities, including Watson Chamber Music Hall with state-of-the-art acoustics, are learning laboratories for students.
  • We offer superb training and a well-rounded education in Post-Master's Studies, Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies and High School Studies programs.
  • Our campus is vibrant with other arts: dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, and visual arts.

With all these elements, there’s no place else like the School of the Arts for musical artists to learn and grow!

...preparing the artists of the future

Listen to concert excerpts:

UNCSA Wind Ensemble: Blown Away by UNCSA artist-faculty Lawrence Dillon

UNCSA Symphony Orchestra: Symphony No. 3 in F Major - Andante by Johannes Brahms

UNCSA Jazz Ensemble: Groove Blues by Don Menza