Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Considered a first of its kind in North Carolina, the North Carolina Music Contest was a competition for high school music students. The first contest was on May 7th, 1920. The idea for the festival originated from Wade R. Brown, who was the head of the Music Department at the State Normal and Industrial College […]

The Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program is a small, specialized Jazz Studies program within the School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). It offers classes in improvisation, arranging/composition, history, theory, ear training, pedagogy, and piano skills leading to the Bachelor of Music […]

Music performance (or applied music) has been a concentration within the music department since UNCG opened in 1892. The first concentration in performance offered was in vocal. It was not until 1900, with the addition of Charles J. Brockmann and his sister Laura Brockmann to the faculty, that a concentration in instrumental became available for […]

Music education was one of the first degree paths available to students when the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) opened in 1892. In 1919, interest in the field began to rise which prompted more professors to be recruited to create classes and curriculum that were then added to the music department. This eventually […]

Studies in music have been offered at UNCG since its opening in 1892. Courses for music majors who were looking to teach or perform were offered in solfeggio, ear training, and history of music. Beginning in 1912, the school started offering more musical theory class options which included: counterpoint analysis, melody writing, and elementary form. […]

Raymond J. Gariglio came to UNCG in 1966 as a Professor of Music and became the bandmaster for all UNCG performing band ensembles, many of which he founded himself. In 1969, he established the UNCG Jazz Ensemble, the first university-accredited jazz ensemble in North Carolina, and by 1983, his tireless work in the field had […]

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher served as professor of cello and head of the strings department at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1979 to 1988. After serving as acting Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs from 1988-1989 at UNCG, Crutcher was elevated to Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. In 1990, Crutcher left […]

As an undergraduate student at UNCG, Dr. Cheek actively served as the vice-president of the Alpha Xi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon in addition to being the music editor for the Carolinian.  She was also a member of the Outing Club and a university marshal.  Dr. Cheek was also the first African American student to complete […]