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 clinicians have included bassist Edgar Meyer and violinists Corey Cerovsek, Chee-Yun and Jennifer Koh, and Mark O'Conoor, fiddle soloist and composer.
- In addition, students have the opportunity to hear these 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 performance and Guitar Society Series
- Classical guitar has also long been a significant part of our string area. In addition to studio lessons, the Department of Music has a Guitar Ensemble and hosts performances of world-class artists sponsored by the Evansville Classical Guitar Society.
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.