1962 August 1
Gov. Terry Sanford appoints North Carolina Conservatory Committee to work for establishment of a state-supported conservatory of music, later broadened to include all the arts.

1963 June 21
N.C. General Assembly passes bill establishing the North Carolina School of the Arts, with a $325,000 appropriation.

1964 April 28-29
Advisory Board of Artists selects Winston-Salem, where more than 5,000 people have pledged more than $850,000 in a two-day telephone drive. Board nominates Vittorio Giannini as president.

1965 April 17-19
First auditions held for prospective students; Alexandra Danilova and Sidney Blackmer assist.

1965 September 7
High School classes begin. College classes begin on Sept. 21.

1966 February 10
Governor Dan K. Moore announces $1.5 million challenge grant to NCSA from the Ford Foundation.

1966 June 8
President Vittorio Giannini speaks at graduation of first class (55 high school seniors).

1966 June 25
NCSA named North Carolina's "pacemaker" in educational improvement in a nationwide school recognition project sponsored by the National Education Association and Parade magazine.

1966 December 10-11
NCSA School of Dance gives its first performance of The Nutcracker ballet to a capacity house in Reynolds Auditorium.

1967 June 26
First NCSA summer session opens.

1967 July 9
The International Music Program, a collaborative effort between NCSA and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana begins in Siena, Italy.

1968 September
School of Design and Production created, separate from School of Drama.

1969 July 13-September 1
First summer session for dance students conducted in Asolo, Italy; beginning of International Dance Program.

1970 September
NCSA inaugurates high school Visual Arts program.

1970 October 22
World premiere of Agnes de Mille’s ballet A Rose for Miss Emily.

1971 March 11-14
Composer Aaron Copland attends three day Copland Festival in honor of his 70th birthday.

1972 July 1
NCSA becomes member of the 16-campus University of North Carolina when the state consolidates its institutions of higher learning.

1973 March 1
NCSA’s main auditorium named in honor of the first President of NCSA’s Foundation, a former builder and Chairman of the Board of Hanes hosiery, R.B. Crawford, Jr.

1975 February 3
Guitarist Andres Segovia receives first honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from NCSA.

1975 February 7
Agnes de Mille Theatre dedicated, featuring Miss de Mille restaging her ballet, "Three Virgins and a Devil."

1976 April 7
Paul Green, North Carolina author and playwright, awarded honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

1978 April 27
Semans Library dedicated in honor of Dr. James H. Semans, and his wife, Mrs. Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans who helped lead the establishment of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dr. Semans was chairman of NCSA board of trustees for the first 17 years.

1980 April 25
NCSA honors seven with honorary doctorates: Agnes de Mille, Jose Ferrer, Gordon Hanes, Rosemary Harris, Nananne Porcher, William Schuman and Oliver Smith.

1981 May 7
Helen Hayes is awarded Doctor of Fine Arts. Benefit performance of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" presented for Helen Hayes Scholarship Fund.

1981 November 6
Arthur Mitchell, founder and artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, and North Carolina author John Ehle receive honorary doctorates.

1982 March 26
First NCSA graduate program in Design and Production approved by UNC Board of Governors.

1983 April 22-24
Gala performances celebrate opening of the Stevens Center, named for Roger L. Stevens. Gregory Peck serves as master of ceremonies; Leonard Bernstein, conductor; Isaac Stern, soloist.
Performances by Jean Stapleton, Zoe Caldwell, Mel A. Tomlinson and Heather Watts. Also participating in tribute are Agnes de Mille, Sir Anton Dolin, Cliff Robertson, Oliver Smith, Gov. James Hunt, President and Mrs. Gerald Ford and Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson. Performances of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" round out the celebration.

1983 July 12
Formation of the Board of Visitors, a board of national and international leaders in the arts, business and civic affairs which will assist in the School's development, announced.

1985 June 1
W. McNeil Lowry, whose efforts while vice president of the Ford Foundation helped launch NCSA, speaks at commencement and receives honorary doctorate.

1986 May 30
William C. Friday. president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, speaks at Commencement.  Friday and national arts leader, Winston Salem resident, R. Philip Hanes Jr. are presented with honorary doctorates.

1986 November 7
Maya Angelou, Menahem Pressler and Alice Tully receive honorary doctorates from NCSA.

1987 April 11
NCSA's first Founder's Day celebration honors 55 founders of the School.

1988 May 8
Dame Margot Fonteyn arrives at NCSA for weeklong residency as first recipient of the Lucia Chase Endowed Fellowship for Dance, which was established by Alex Ewing in memory of his mother.

1989 April 9
NCSA Symphony Orchestra makes debut at Town Hall in New York under baton of Alexander Schneider.

1989 Fall
NCSA enrolls first students in Master of Music program.

1990 April 26
Agnes de Mille, Lucia Chase Fellow, speaks at opening night of Spring Dance and the performance of her celebrated "Rodeo," by School of the Arts dancers.

1990 October
U.S. News & World Report ranks NCSA as the "best buy" of the nation's art, music and design specialty schools, and third overall in the nation among arts specialty schools.

1991 April 25
NCSA celebrates 25th anniversary by installing Chancellor Alex Ewing. Concert by alumnus Ransom Wilson, flute, highlights activities. NCSA Symphony Orchestra and Cantata Singers participate in the Mozart Bicentennial Masses-In-Concert Series in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

1991 June
Jean Licker Firstenberg, director of American Film Institute, agrees to serve as chair of board of advisors of the proposed School of Filmmaking at NCSA.

1992 January 27
The William R. Kenan Jr. Fund for the Arts establishes the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at NCSA.

1992 March 19
NCSA announces it will open its new School of Filmmaking in the fall, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

1993 May 29
Peter Hedges is first NCSA alumnus to deliver commencement speech.

1993 September 16
School of Filmmaking opens as fifth arts school at NCSA. Approximately 60 students register for classes in the new school.

1994 September 23
$25 million campaign for endowment announced

1995 October 5
School of the Arts saxophone students, faculty member James Houlik, and alumni ensemble the New Century Saxophone Quartet perform at The White House for the National Medal of Arts awards ceremony.

1996 March
Irina Baronova, one of Ballet Russe's "Three Baby Ballerinas," visits NCSA as Lucia Chase Fellow.

1996 May 2-12
NCSA presents all-school production of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon. Friends celebrate the school’s 30th anniversary at a Highlands-inspired gala on May 4.

1996 November
NCSA hosts Cäcilien Choir of Frankfurt, Germany, which tours North Carolina with the NCSA Symphony Orchestra and Cantata Singers. Performances of Verdi’s "Requiem" rated as "A-Plus."

1997 January 6
Mr. and Mrs. R. Philip Hanes Jr. pledge $1 million  to NCSA, to be used for endowment.

1997 May 31
Frank Capra Jr., president and CEO of EUE Screen Gems Studios Ltd. in Wilmington, N.C., speaks at NCSA’s largest commencement, which includes the first graduating class of the School of Filmmaking.

1997 Fall
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers visit the School of Music: former NCSA President Robert Ward and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

1998 April 16-19
Dedication ceremonies held to celebrate School of Filmmaking’s new $15M “Studio Village.” Filmmakers-in-residence include: Elmer Bernstein, Donn Cambern, Dino and Martha DeLaurentiis, Elliott Kastner, Ted Tally and Robert Wise. Motion Picture Association Chairman Jack Valenti speaks to legislators and corporate friends. Filmmaker Robert Wise and PBS journalist Charlie Rose also attend.

1998 Summer
New performing arts series, Summer Scenes inaugurated at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Six-week festival includes music and dance performances and will add drama the next summer. More than 150 students, faculty and alumni participate.

1998 September
The Mendelssohn String Quartet, recognized as one of the top chamber ensembles in America, join the School of Music Faculty as ensemble-in-residence.

1998 December
Stunning new “Nutcracker” sets, costumes and lighting designed by NCSA alumni Campbell Baird and John McKernon. Ballet’s first new sets in 20 years and first new costumes since its Winston-Salem debut in 1966. Special recognition given to Sonja Tyven and Robert Lindgren who staged the original 1966 production based on the original choreography by Lev Ivanov.

1999 January
$25M fundraising goal surpassed as “Creating Our Future” campaign ends. Approximately 3,800 individuals, foundations, businesses and organizations participated. Funds raised for endowment, capital improvements and annual operating needs.

1999 July 10-24
“Shakespeare Lives!” a collaborative project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, in partnership with the NCSA School of Drama and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Educators from Forsyth and Catawba counties selected to participate in inaugural program.

1999 December 31
Performance by NCSA Symphony and Cantata Singers of original work composed by NCSA faculty member David McHugh and commissioned by the Grove Park Inn (Asheville NC) as last commissioned symphonic work to be heard in the Second Millenium. Earlier performance in Stevens Center on Oct 30 celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Arts Council of Winston Salem.

2000 January
School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman is first American invited to direct at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Freedman directs rare Jacobean play, The Antipodes by Richard Brome, in August.

2000 July 1
Wade Hopgood becomes new NCSA Chancellor following the retirement of Alex Ewing.

2000 September 8
UNC President Molly Broad announces a gift of $10 million from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation of Raleigh to establish and endow the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at NCSA. It is the largest gift ever given to the School.

2000 November 7
$3.1B higher education bond referendum passes.  NCSA to receive $42.5M for much needed improvements and construction projects.

2000 November 9-12
The School of Filmmaking in collaboration with the Kenan Institute for the Arts, hosts “Cinethics: A National Conference on Ethics in Filmmaking,” which draws faculty and students from 17 film schools across the country. Panelists include Armyan Bernstein, producer of AIR FORCE ONE; Sarah Pillsbury, producer of DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN; film critic Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times; and U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson

2000 Nov. 22
Mr. and Mrs. R. Philip Hanes Jr. pledge another $1 million to NCSA for endowment.

2002 January 30
A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute debuts with Bellini’s Beatrice DiTenda.

2002 February
NCSA receives $100K grant from Mary Duke Biddle Foundation to endow Opera Scholarship.

2002 May
Kenan Institute for the Arts restructured as a privately funded, affiliate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

2002 June
Kenan Institute for the Arts hosts the first national assembly of conservatory leaders “Preparing Performing Artists for the 21st Century”.

 2002 October
School of Filmmaking Dean Dale Pollock announces the RiverRun International Film Festival will move from Brevard and Asheville to Winston Salem in April, 2003. Projection and sound equipment will be installed in the Stevens Center to restore it as a working movie theatre. Films on Fourth Series also begins in collaboration with Winston Salem Cinema Society.

2002 November
NCSA receives Treasured Tree Stewardship Award for decision to preserve the 50-year old white oak tree in front of Performance Place.

2003 January
Unity Place, $60M development project, announced as part of downtown revitalization partnership between Krispy Kreme and NCSA to include new headquarters for Krispy Kreme, a performance center, housing, retail and parking.

2003 September 25
Charlotte and Philip Hanes Student Commons and Daniels Plaza dedicated.

 2003 October 25
School of Music Complex including Bill and Judy Watson Hall Chamber Music Hall dedicated.

2004 June
Center for Design Innovation is established as a collaborative digital design project between the Triad’s business, government and educational leadership.

2004 September
Graduate program (MFA) in Performing Arts Management begins in School of Design and Production and is one of only 35 in the country.

2005 April 21
James H. Semans, early champion of NCSA, founding Chairman of NCSA’s Board of Trustees, ardent supporter of education and the arts, and noted Duke medical professor and surgeon dies at the age of 94 in Durham NC.

2005 May
Chancellor Wade Hobgood announces his decision to retire from the position as of July 1.

2005 May 20
Sneden’s Landing dedicated in honor of retired dean of Design and Production, John Sneden.

2005 July 1
Gretchen M. Bataille, senior vice-president for academic affairs at UNC’s Office of the President, is named interim chancellor

Overlook Terrace completed and dedicated by longtime director of NCSA’s Visual Arts program, Clyde Fowler, in honor of his parents.

2005 October
John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation and other donors give funds for Hurricane Katrina-displaced students to attend NCSA

New Costume, Wig and Make-up shop opens in School of Design and Production.

2005 November 30
Welcome Center is dedicated.

2005 December
In 2005, the North Carolina School of the Arts partnered with Winston-Salem State University to support the UNC Board Governors' establishment of the Center for Design Innovation (CDI). Forsyth Technical Community College is another member of the consortium and will become CDI's neighbor in the Piedmont Triad Research Park. CDI promotes interdisciplinary creativity and the development and use of digital technologies to foster collaborative research, education and commerce.

2006 April 5
Richard Hunt “Conversations” Sculpture dedicated; artwork to house cremated remains of artist, Richard Hunt and longtime NCSA supporters and art patrons, R. Philip Hanes Jr. and his wife, Charlotte.

2006 April 22
Founders Forum held in Watson Hall to celebrate NCSA’s 40th birthday; panel composed of:
John M. Ehle Jr., R. Philip Hanes Jr., Thomas W. Lambeth, Robert Lindgren, Mary D.B.T. Semans and Robert E. Ward.

2006 May 12
John Maucieri visits NCSA by helicopter from Chapel Hill where he is announced earlier in the day as NCSA’s Chancellor-Elect.  

2007 April 3
“Festival of the Arts” celebrates the Installation of John Mauceri as 7th Chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

2007 April
The UNCSA Board of Trustees votes to establish seven honorary trustee positions to represent the areas of Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Film, Music, High School (Academic Program), and (Undergraduate) Academic (and Graduate) Programs.

2007 May 3-13
West Side Story Opening, Symposium and Gala celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original Broadway work. Chancellor Mauceri (a protégé of Leonard Bernstein) and Drama Dean Gerald Freedman (who was assistant director of the original production) lead the world premiere production and travel with it for one performance at the prestigious Chicago Ravinia Festival on June 8.

NCSA selects Ransom Wilson (’69) as new Orchestra Director; first alum to hold this position.

2008 January 10
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust gives unprecedented $1 million Challenge Grant to the North Carolina School of the Arts for scholarships; the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation gives $125,000 to NCSA in response to challenge.

2008 August 1
Proposal to change the name of North Carolina School of the Arts to UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS approved by the NC General Assembly (Senate Bill 2015, Senate approval June 24 and House approval July 9). The bill was signed into law by Governor Mike Easley on Aug. 8, 2008.

2008 November 22
Chancellor Mauceri conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony with UNCSA Symphony Orchestra to mark 25th anniversary of the Stevens Center.

2008 November 13
First Winston Salem Light Project; UNCSA Students light historic Millennium Building in artist-inspired vignettes

2009 January 9
UNCSA unveils new logo incorporating a distinctive shield in blue, green and purple representing the five arts schools with the new nomenclature of the school.

2009 June 17
Four alumni from the New York area recognized by UNCSA with Alumni Achievement Awards  in recognition of their accomplishments, contributions to society, and efforts on behalf of their alma mater: J.T. Rogers, School of Drama, Class of 1990 (Acting);Gerald Shaprut, School of Music, Class of 1995, and the late Jean DePasquale Shaprut, School of Design and Production, Class of 1

2009 November 25
UNCSA Presents Inaugural Alumni Recognition Award to Angus MacLachlan.

2009 December 11
Magnolia Baroque Restival Receives American masterpieces NEA Grant.

2011 January 3
Center for Design Innovation Gets Land for Permanent Facility (Posted Jan. 3, 2011)

2011 April 28
UNCSA presents an all-school production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Special Gala Performance on April 29th with proceeds from the production and the Gala to benefit all five arts schools.

2012 February 20
Center for Design Innovation breaks ground for new facility - CDI's founding institutional partners are UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem State University and Forsyth Technical Community College [pdf] (Posted Feb. 20, 2012)

2012 August 21
UNCSA's Fighting Pickle takes top honor as Cheetos' Chester Cheetah's "Cheesiest College Mascot".

2012 November
UNCSA’s Oklahoma! has won a National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Award.

2012 November 15
UNCSA names Proscenium Thrust Theatre for Gerald Freedman, dean emeritus of School of Drama.