The string department offers a program of study focusing on solo, chamber, and orchestral literature. The department endeavors to develop exceptional individual musicianship through intensive private study and frequent contact with the faculty.

Students perform in chamber ensembles, weekly studio classes, master classes, departmental recitals, studio recitals, and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. The orchestral program offers an impressive array of literature ranging from the symphonies of Mozart to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Intense performance study is a central component of the Conservatory curriculum for all students.

Conservatory students and graduates have won numerous awards, including the Grace Vamos Competition and the Neale-Silva Competition. Graduates are admitted into the most competitive graduate programs in the country with scholarships or assistantships.

Visiting Artists

There are frequent opportunities for interaction with guest artists. Recent guests include: Rachel Barton Pine, Rufus Reid, David Finckel, Pinchas Zuckerman, the Colorado Quartet, the Borodin Quartet, Turtle Island String Quartet, and Janos Starker. Students also study off campus with faculty at summer music festivals such as Aspen, Banff, and Tanglewood.

Spring 2017 Events

Thursday, March 30 11:00am-1:00pm, Chapel Master Class: Addison Teng, Violin
Sunday, April 16 3:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Jack Kilkelly-Schmidt, Guitar and Mikaela Marget, Cello
Friday, April 21 8:00pm, Chapel Concert: Lawrence Symphony Orchestra (webcast!)
Sunday, April 23 3:00pm, Chapel Concert: Lawrence University Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, April 29 1:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Adam Korber, Cello
Sunday, April 30 11:00am, Harper Hall Recital: David Sieracki, Cello and Rachael Teller, violin
Sunday, April 30 3:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: David DeStasio, Double Bass
Wednesday, May 10 8:00pm, Chapel Recital: Wen-Lei Gu, Violin and Joel Fan, Piano
Thursday, May 11 8:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Emmett Jackson, Double Bass
Friday, May 12 8:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Alex Lessenger, Cello
Saturday, May 12 3:00pm, Pusey Room, Warch Campus Center Recital: Sylvia Middleton, Violin
Sunday, May 14 11:00am, Harper Hall Recital: Eleanor Legault, Violin and Viola
Monday, May 15 8:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Luis Gonzalez, Guitar
Saturday, May 20 5:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Maddy Brotherton, violin
Sunday, May 21 8:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Guitar Studio
Thursday, May 25 8:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Cello Studio
Saturday, May 27 5:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Allison Brooks-Conrad, Cello
Sunday, May 28 1:30pm, Harper Hall Recital: String chamber music
Monday, May 29 8:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Katie Li Weers, Violin
Thursday, June 1 8:00pm, Harper Hall Recital: Jacob Heinemann, Double Bass
Friday, June 2 8:00pm, Chapel Lawrence Symphony Orchestra concert (webcast!)
Saturday, June 3 Times TBD, MD 163 String juries
Sunday, June 4 Times TBD, Harper Hall String juries
Friday, June 9 8:00pm, Chapel Commencement Concert


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