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.