New deans of UNCSA’s music, dance, and filmmaking divisions

Posted on: June 17, 2021

“The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), located in Winston-Salem … is undergoing major changes, as witnessed by the arrival of new deans at three of its five genre-specific schools within the last two months,” writes Susan Elliott in Wednesday’s (6/16) Musical America (subscription required). “UNCSA Chancellor Brian Cole and Provost Patrick Sims are leading a five-year strategic planning process that … will emphasize the cross-discipline approach in which the arts industry has been evolving [and] the need for EDIB (equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging)…. The most recently appointed [dean] is Saxton Rose, who has been serving as interim at the School of Music since July 2020.… He has been … chair of the woodwind department since 2009. An assistant professor, he has been active in the School’s strategic and curriculum planning and technology updates, including video production. He is director of the School’s contemporary music group and principal bassoon of the Winston-Salem Symphony…. He succeeds now-Chancellor Cole [and] will continue to oversee all of the School of Music operations, performances, and its 265 students, 47 faculty and 11 staff members.” Also appointed as deans were Endalyn Taylor (School of Dance) and Deborah LaVine (School of Filmmaking).