June 10, 2021
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Names Saxton Rose Dean of the School of Music
Wayne Reich

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (JUNE 10, 2021) — The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has named bassoonist and educator Saxton Rose as its new dean of the School of Music effective immediately. Mr. Rose has served as interim dean of music since July 2020, including leading the school through the COVID-19 pandemic with an entire academic year of in-person instruction and performance. He has been on the faculty since 2008, having chaired the woodwind department since 2009 and been named associate professor of bassoon in 2015. Rose is an active leader within the School of Music and the university at large, holding leadership positions within the music school’s strategic planning and curriculum revision task forces, with a particular focus on technology development; innovative approaches to ensemble training; and equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB) initiatives. He has chaired the university’s faculty welfare committee and served as a member of the faculty council.


As dean, Mr. Rose will serve as executive of all programs, operations and personnel in the School of Music, including all graduate, undergraduate and high school academic offerings. He will lead and supervise 47 faculty and 11 staff. As the artistic director of the School of Music, he will lead the production of more than 200 performances and events, engage guest artists, and curate all concert series. He will also oversee the A.J. Fletcher Opera and Chrysalis Chamber Music institutes that are part of the school.

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