CMA Summer Camp 2018


Community Music Academy – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Community Music Academy – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The Community Music Academy would like to thank the individuals and organizations who help make the 2018 camp / season possible.

UNCW Department of Music for ongoing support and logistical support of CMA activities throughout the year.

UNCW Department of English for donating books to February 2018 auction.

UNCW ETEAL for grants that help fund the summer camp.

UNCW College of Arts and Sciences for advice, logistics and support.

Artists who donated their work for CMA’s February auction to raise money for summer camp scholarships and expenses:

Barry Knauff | Karen Wiles | MJ Cunningham | Katherine Wolf Webb | Penny Rhodes | Liz Hosier | Roslyn Hancock | Rhonda Ambrose | Christine Farley | Sasha Federer | Jennifer Knotts



Summer Camp Master Class Recital

“Kevin Lawrence’s own depth of musical conviction, his rich experience with several important figures in the history of violin playing, along with continuing engagement with prominent performers and teachers—both as director of Green Mountain and through ongoing international contacts—gives him an unusually broad perspective on how a student may attain success as a violinist.”

-School of the Arts

Performance last night at our CMA Summer Camp by Mr. Kevin Lawrence, Dr. Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, Dr. Clark Spencer and Mr. Jake Wenger

Meet Our Teachers!!!

Meet Our Teachers!!!

UNCW CMA welcomes World-Class Concert Pianist Paolo Andrè Gualdi, the newest member of our staff!


Classical Pianist and professor at Francis Marion University, the Italian native has played recitals in Italy, United Kingdom, France, Brazil and the United States for numerous music organizations, festivals and concerts. He has also appeared with many orchestras including the Georgia Philharmonic, Wilmington Symphony, Atlanta Philharmonic, Florence Symphony, DeKalb Symphony, and the Universidade de Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra.  He has recorded for Mark Records and IFO Classics, and his performances have been broadcasted by radios such as BBC, NPR and Radio Vaticana.

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Similar to the opportunities available through CMA, Gualdi began studying piano with his father at the age of five. He continued at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, with Carmela Pistillo.  He earned his Piano Diploma with highest honours at the Conservatory Arrigo Boito in Parma.  While in the U.S., he earned a Master Degree at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Georgia.

We spoke with Paolo on his way to Charleston about UNCW CMA…..

When asked what his vision for CMA is:

“What I would like to do is build an institution for young, promising pianists. I haven’t taught young students in a while, so I am excited to be coming in and starting with this group.”

What is the biggest difference between Italy and the States:

“I have been living in the States for 16 years, it is a big change in a good sense… The food is very different and of course the school system is different for music. There is more of an importance (in Italy), as there are conservatories for music, although the system is changing. I started at a conservatory when I was 11, which is something that is not so common here. It is much less structured here and that is why schools like CMA are great! They offer a more serious environment for serious, younger-musicians.”

What do you want for your future students:

“Every journey is different. But there is one thing that I want all of my students to get out of my lessons; and that is a deeper enjoyment of music. Of course everyone has a different path, not everyone gets to be a concert pianist, but studying music has made my curiosity about discovering new music much deeper and it is very much a big part of my life.”

Paolo is available for lessons and will be working alongside UNCW CMA. You can find his tour dates, music and more at




Check Out Our Video!!!

Full Recital Performances HERE
Filmed/Edited/Recorded By Chase Johanson

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UNCW Community Music Academy Spring 2016 Student Recital

UNCW Community Music Academy Spring 2016 Student Recital

Beckwith Hall – May 21, 2016 – 7:00pm

This past Saturday, students of CMA took the stage to present how far they have come through hard work and practice. Each student (young to old) played a piece on their respected instruments yielding great applause from a proud and engaged audience. This was the last recital for three students graduating the Academy; Sydney Westra, Alvina Yeung and Amy Zhang. These Violinists performed individual capstone pieces which left Beckwith Hall echoing with brilliance. The three pieces Danse Macabre, Romance and Introduction/Tareantella can be heard below or on our Audio page:

Other notable performances were played on the piano and the cello keeping the night full of diverse and classical favorites. Pictures can be found here and videos will be available soon……