Conservatory of Music:

The String Program

The string program in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College brings together an extraordinary faculty, exemplary facilities, and a commitment to excellence that makes it one of the fastest growing, most exciting programs in the country. The curriculum of both the undergraduate and graduate programs includes exposure and opportunities in contemporary music, early music, intensive chamber music, collaborative string and piano music, and orchestral training (excerpts and auditions), in addition to solo training and orchestral experience.

With its extraordinary faculty and facilities, its proximity to the cultural diversity of New York City, and its mission to help each student find his/her own musical voice, the string program in the Conservatory of Music is an ideal setting for the training and nurturing of talented young musicians.

The conservatory is fortunate to have on campus the world-renowned Performing Arts Center, where an abundance of international artists perform each year. Our students have access to all of these performances. Through the generosity of the Performing Arts Center and in collaboration with the conservatory, many noted artists give master classes and open rehearsals specifically for our students. In the recent past, the Tokyo Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Pinchus Zuckerman have participated in these special occasions.

The Performing Arts Center also hosts the performances of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these large-scale orchestral concerts, students are given myriad opportunities to perform both solo and chamber music. Public student recitals and chamber music concerts are given throughout the year in the Recital Hall, and there are always opportunities for student performance at the Performing Arts Center each season. Further, informal student performances occur routinely in the course of study: in master classes, in string class, and in special classes arranged by their major teachers.

The conservatory is equipped with 75 practice rooms, a beautiful Recital Hall with state-of-the-art recording facilities, and a magnificent Choral Hall. Unlike other conservatories, space is not a limitation: our students have easy access to practice rooms, pianos, and performing halls.

Our entire faculty is intensively involved in the teaching and performance of solo repertoire, chamber music, and orchestral music. In fact, the string program boasts a faculty with members remarkable for the range and depth of their professional experience. This experience enables the conservatory to prepare each student to meet his or her own professional goals. The small student body in the conservatory gives every individual a wealth of opportunities to perform, explore, and grow.

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