I currently teach at the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts (UNCSA), School of Music, in Winston-Salem, NC. I am honored to have taken the position that UNCSA founding clarinet professor Bob Listokin left when he retired (for the second time) and to be part of the university where my fellow countryman Andrés Segovia, the eminent guitarist, taught.

The outstanding faculty and students I have joined at UNCSA are a constant source of inspiration for me.

UNCSA is the nation’s first public arts conservatory and the only stand-alone university and high school completely populated by performing, visual, and moving-image artists. On campus, one can hear a drama student suddenly rehearsing a line in the cafeteria, or pass by a ballet class practicing outside when the weather is nice (which is most of the year). Every day there is a concert or cultural activity to watch or be part of.




The UNCSA School of Music is the only music school in the nation that offers residential high school, college and graduate programs. Concentrations include instrumental performance, vocal performance, composition, and conducting. The curriculum is designed to provide the broadest possible performance opportunities for each student, from Symphony Orchestra to Opera. The basis of student instruction is studio work with the major teacher. Recent guest artists have included the Emerson String Quartet, the New York Woodwind Quintet, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, pianist Menahem Pressler and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Performance venues include the 1,380-seat Stevens Center; the 590-seat Crawford Hall, with a Fisk organ; the new 300-seat Watson Chamber Music Hall; and the 40-seat Hood Recital Hall. Music alumni are performing with symphony orchestras, opera companies, chamber music ensembles and in solo careers throughout the world. They include Lisa Kim, Ru Pei Yeh and Dawn Hannay of the New York Philharmonic, René Barbera of the Chicago Lyric Opera, and Stefan Jezierski of the Berlin Philharmonic.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.