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 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 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 Music Conservatory 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.
Emeritus Professor of Music, Adjunct Instructor of Music
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.
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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.
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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 Academia 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.