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.

Fall 2016 Events

Fri, Sept. 16 6-7pm, Warch Cinema Presentation: What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing From Current Brain Research (Molly Gebrian, presenter)
Fri, Sept. 16 8pm, Harper Hall Guest Recital: “Trios for Two” – Molly Gebrian, viola & Danny Holt, piano/percussion
Thu, Sept. 22 11:10am, Cloak Theatre Master class: Paul Wolfram ’05, cello
Thu, Sept. 22 8pm, Harper Hall Guest recital: Paul Wolfram ’05, cello (solo Bach)
Wed, Oct. 5 4:30pm & 7pm, Esch-Hurvis, WCC Workshops: Hanneke Cassel, violin and Mike Block, cello (sponsored by Fiddle Club)
Wed, Oct. 5 8pm, Harper Hall Student recital: Jessica Cable, bass
Thu, Oct. 6 8pm, Harper Hall Concert: Hanneke Cassel, violin and Mike Block, cello (sponsored by Fiddle Club)
Fri, Oct. 7 8pm, Chapel Artist Series: Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio (pick up tickets from the Box Office!)
Fri, Oct. 14 8pm, Chapel Lawrence Symphony Orchestra concert (webcast!)
Sun, Oct. 16 2:00-3:30pm, Harper Hall Master class: Marcin Murawski, viola
Sun, Oct. 16 7pm, Harper Hall Guest recital: Marcin Murawski, viola with Michael Kimber, composer and Lawrence viola ensemble
Wed, Oct. 26 8pm, Harper Hall Student recital: Margaret Norby, violin
Sun, Oct. 30 2pm, Harper Hall Master class: Susan Babini, cello
Sun, Oct. 30 8pm, Harper Hall Guest recital: Susan Babini, cello
Sun, Nov. 13 1:30pm, Harper Hall String Chamber Music Recital
Tue, Nov. 15 8pm, Chapel Lawrence Symphony Orchestra concert (webcast!)
Fri, Nov. 18 Times TBD, SH 163 String juries (if needed)
Fri, Nov. 18 1pm, Harper Hall Master class: Edgar Meyer, bass
Sat, Nov. 19 Times TBD, Harper Hall String juries


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