The string program is dedicated to teaching instrumental mastery as part of a commitment to exposing each student to all of the traditional string professions—orchestra, chamber music, teaching, and solo playing.

Chamber music is a hallmark of the program, and all of its faculty members have an extensive background performing chamber music. 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.

The mentoring provided by our Faculty String Quartet also gives our students ideas and inspiration for their own work.