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.

Winter 2017 Events

Wed, Jan. 4 8pm, Harper Hall Recital: Brandin Kreuder ’16, violin and Craig Jordan, piano
Thurs, Jan. 5 8pm, Warch Cinema “Composed” documentary about performance and performance anxiety
Fri, Jan. 6 7pm, Chapel Janet Anthony Convocation: “Adventures in Music Making: 20 years of Cross-Cultural Exchange in Haiti” (webcast!)
Tues, Jan. 10 11:10am, Chapel Master class: Rudolf Haken, viola
Wed, Jan. 11 4:30pm, MD156 Master class: Lindsey Crabb ’09, cello
Wed, Jan. 11 8pm, Harper Hall Guest recital: Lindsey Crabb ’09, cello
Sat, Jan. 14 5pm, Harper Hall Student recital: Sarah Ogden, cello
Thurs, Jan. 26 8pm, Harper Hall Student recital: Nat Sattler, viola
Sat, Jan. 28 8pm, Chapel Lawrence Symphony Orchestra concert (webcast!)
Fri, Feb. 3 8pm, Chapel Artist Series: Elias String Quartet (pick up tickets from the Box Office!)
Sat, Feb. 4 1pm, Harper Hall Student recital: Meghan Murphy, violin
Sat, Feb. 4 3pm, Harper Hall Student recital: Amanda Milne, violin and Gawain Usher, viola
Sat, Feb. 18 4pm, Chapel Concert: Lawrence Chamber Players
Sun, Feb. 19 3pm, Harper Hall Guitar Studio Recital
Sat, March 4 1pm, Harper Hall Student recital: Eleanor Legault, violin and Julia Tibbetts, viola
Sun, March 5 1:30pm, Harper Hall String Chamber Music Recital
Fri, March 10 8pm, Chapel Lawrence Symphony Orchestra concert (webcast!)
Sat, March 11 Times TBD, SH 163 String juries 
Sun, March 12 Times TBD, Harper Hall String juries

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