The string area at the University of Evansville offers majors and non-majors alike numerous opportunities in the unique atmosphere of a professional school and small, closely-knit liberal arts institution. Artist faculty dedicated to providing the highest quality of instruction teach studio lessons on violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar and harp.

Training as solo and ensemble performers

  • Weekly string area meetings and performances along with departmental recitals, a concerto competition and solo recitals provide ample opportunity for students, no matter what their degree choice, to challenge their skills as performers. The University Orchestra, String Ensemble and chamber ensembles offer both string majors and non-majors from the campus community the opportunity to perform music of the world's foremost composers.

Interaction with guest artists

  • String students regularly perform in campus master classes given by nationally known artists. Guest artists have included Michael Kannen; cellist and founding member of the Brentano String Quartet; violist, James Dunham, Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and former member of the Cleveland Quartet; bassist Edgar Meyer; and Mark O’Connor, fiddle soloist and composer.
  • In addition, students have the opportunity to hear world class performers as soloists with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Opportunities for professional orchestra experience and Suzuki Pedagogy

  • Something that sets our string department apart from other schools is the Evansville Philharmonic String Fellowship. This arrangement allows exceptional string students the opportunity to perform as contract players with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Equally unusual at the undergraduate level is the option to include training for the Suzuki Pedagogy Certificate as part of any degree.

Classical Guitar

  • Classical guitar has long been a significant part of our string area. In addition to studio lessons, students have the opportunity to participate in guitar and jazz ensembles, and interact with world-class artists.

Artists in Residence – the Eykamp String Quartet

The Department is pleased to have the Eykamp String Quartet on UE’s campus as artists-in-residence. Members of the quartet interact with students as coaches for small ensembles, clinicians in sectionals, and mentors for aspiring string musicians. Members also hold positions as principal string players with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The Eykamp String Quartet is made possible by the generous support of Rita, Richard, and Dorothy Eykamp, friends of the University of Evansville and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Our graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees at prestigious institutions, to perform with professional symphonies, and establish successful careers as private studio teachers and public school educators.

Carol Dallinger

Ms. Carol Dallinger


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Renato Butturi

Mr. Renato Butturi


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Jennifer Farny

Ms. Jennifer Farny

Consortium Faculty

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James Sullivan

Dr. James Sullivan

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Eykamp String Quartet

Eykamp String Quartet

Artists in Residence

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Robert Anemone, violin –
Kirsten Jermé, cello –

Carol Dallinger is Professor of Music at the University of Evansville where she has been a member of the faculty since 1972. She is also founder and coordinator of the University of Evansville Suzuki Violin Program. An active performer, Ms. Dallinger serves as principal second violinist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly on department recitals. Ms. Dallinger has lectured at both state and national music conferences and, as a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, frequently serves as clinician for summer institutes throughout the United States and overseas. She is a former member of the National Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association.

Ms. Dallinger has been recognized for her contributions to teaching with the UE Alumni Board Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000. In 2006, she received the Suzuki Chair Award for her contributions to the field of Suzuki Talent Education at the American Suzuki Institute, Stevens Point, WI. From 2008 - 2013 Ms. Dallinger held the title of Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music.

Professor Dallinger holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She currently teaches courses in applied violin, applied viola, and Suzuki violin pedagogy.

James Sullivan is assistant professor of music theory and double bass at the University of Evansville. He holds a DMA and MM in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a BM in double bass performance and a BS in mathematics from Indiana University. He is currently finishing a PhD in music theory at Eastman.

Sullivan received the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching and Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize. Past teaching includes Eastman’s full undergraduate theory and aural skills curriculum, the graduate theory review sequence, and guest double bass lessons and classes.

Sullivan has presented at numerous conferences, including those of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Society of Bassists on topics as diverse as mathematical music theory, rhythm perception, and the performance and analysis of post-tonal music. He is currently working on a Post-Tonal Method Book for the Double Bass. Sullivan’s performance interests are varied but focus especially on new music. He has commissioned and premiered numerous pieces for double bass and has performed with Eastman Broadband at Carnegie Hall.

Cellist Jennifer Farney holds a Bachelor Degree in music performance from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her teachers include Dr. Helga Winold, Eric Kim, Robert deMaine, and Dr. Eric Edberg. Ms. Farney has appeared as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warren (MI) Symphony Orchestra and the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra. She appears frequently on music department recitals as soloist and chamber musician and performs as assistant principal cellist with both the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Farney currently teaches courses in applied cello.

Before coming to the United States, Renato Butturi performed throughout Italy, France, Germany, Kenya and the Ivory Coast. As a member of the University of Evansville music faculty, he is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed as special instrumentalist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony. Professor Butturi is an active jazz performer and is on the summer faculty at the University of Cincinnati Classical Guitar Workshop. He appeared on a recording of Spanish song for baritone and guitar titled CANCIONES, and is the founder and artistic director of the Evansville Classical Guitar Society.

Professor Butturi holds a Bachelor in Music Education degree from the University of Evansville and Master of Music degree in Historical Performance Practice from Washington University. He currently teaches courses in applied and jazz guitar, applied lute, and jazz studies.

Eykamp String Quartet

For over a decade, through the generous support of Richard and Rita Eykamp, the Evansville Philharmonic and the University of Evansville have had the unique distinction of having a Resident Quartet to enrich the musical, cultural and educational activities of the Evansville community. Since 2012, the Eykamp String Quartet Artists in Residence position has been held by the Larchmere String Quartet. As the Resident Artists of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quartet works regularly with students at the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, performs as the principal players of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as ambassadors of chamber music performance and educational outreach across the tri-state, nationally, and abroad.

Dedicated to bringing the accessibility of chamber music to all audiences, the members of the quartet have performed regularly on the international stage in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus, the KKL and Suntory Hall, as well as the most intimate settings including community centers and schools. Along with festival appearances at the Banff Centre (Canada) and Accademia Chigiana (Sienna, Italy), the quartet has most recently toured in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, and Florida. Projects for the upcoming 2014-15 season include a commercial Naxos recording of the complete string chamber works of Stefan Krehl, concert tours and teaching workshops across Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, and Florida, and serving as Artistic Directors of the inaugural Harlaxton Chamber Music Festival in Grantham, England.

Devoted to music education and performance, the members of the quartet have previously taught at a variety of institutions, including University of Illinois, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University and DePauw University, and given string and chamber music master classes, lectures and workshops such as Denver University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rice University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Southern Maine. Additionally, they continue to inspire thousands of young music students through their ongoing work with youth orchestras, at summer music festivals, and in K-12 interactive educational workshops across the US, Canada, and Europe.

Passionate about performing the works of living composers as well as the 20th century masters, member of the quartet have commissioned, premiered and performed works by composers including David Dzubay, Don Freund, Eugene O’Brien, Gabriela Ortiz, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pierre Boulez.

Robert Anemone

Violinist Robert Anemone has been praised for his “complete command, beautiful sound, and firmness without anxiety.” First prize winner of the 2015 Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition, the 2013-14 New England Conservatory Violin Competition, and the 2007 Concord Young Artist Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with the Concord Symphony, New England Conservatory Philharmonia, and Williamsburg Youth Orchestra, as well as in recital in the United States and Europe. Robert is a member of the Larchmere String Quartet, which is currently on the faculty of the University of Evansville as the Eykamp Quartet-in-Residence. Since 2015, he has held the post of concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic.

As a chamber musician, Robert has collaborated with such artists as the Borromeo String Quartet, James Buswell, Stephen Drury, Grigory Kalinovsky, Jeffrey Irvine, and Carol Ou, and has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall. In 2013 he was a recipient of NEC’s Quartetutopia fellowship as a member of the Petrucci String Quartet, and used the attached grant to research and lecture on the original manuscripts of Beethoven’s string quartets. An avid proponent of new music, he has worked closely with composers Roger Reynolds, Christian Wolff, John Heiss, Stratis Minakakis, Menachem Wiesenberg, Katherine Balch, David Hertzberg, Ralph Farris, and others in premieres and performances of their works, many of which were written specifically for him.

At the age of 24, Robert won the position of principal second violin of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where he has also regularly served as acting concertmaster. He has performed with a variety of larger ensembles including the Boston-based chamber orchestras A Far Cry and Discovery Ensemble, Odyssey Opera, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Callithumpian Consort.

A graduate of James Buswell’s studio at the New England Conservatory (BM 2012, MM 2014), Robert was a recipient of the Dorothy J. Bales ’41 Violin Scholarship and was awarded the 2014 Gunther Schuller medal for outstanding graduate study. He has received additional training at the Taos School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Heifetz Institute, where he worked with the Borromeo, Brentano, Miro, and Shanghai String Quartets, as well as Michael Tree, Robert McDonald, Thomas Sauer, Sylvia Rosenberg, Virginia Weckstrom, and Grigory Kalinovsky, among others. Passionate about passing on the knowledge he has gained from these mentors, he is a committed teacher and has previously taught at the North Bennet Street School, the Ip Piano School, and the Arthur Russel Strings Festival. In addition to music, Robert enjoys good coffee, bad movies, and the great outdoors.

Kirsten Jermé

Equally versatile as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and recitalist, cellist Kirsten Jermé has performed internationally in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Le Poisson Rouge and the Joyce Dance Theatre in New York City, Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Banff Arts Centre in Canada. She has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Harrisburg Symphony, New England Symphonic Ensemble, and Orchestra for the Next Century, and has recorded with the Mimesis Ensemble for Bridge Records. As soloist, she has appeared with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, and Stony Brook University Orchestra. Starting in the 2014-15 season, Kirsten joins the Larchmere String Quartet, holding the position of Eykamp String Quartet in Residence at the University of Evansville and acting as Principal Cellist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

A dedicated educator, Kirsten has served on faculty at the Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan and taught at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, as well as P.S. 129 in Harlem for The Harmony Program, modeled on the groundbreaking Venezuelan music program El Sistema. Committed to expanding access to the arts through community education, she also assisted with outreach programs at Turtle Bay Music School and the Eastman Community Music School.

Kirsten received her M.M. and Arts Leadership Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, and her B.A. from Stony Brook University. Her primary cello teachers include Steven Doane and Colin Carr.

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