With a world-class faculty of seasoned musicians and numerous opportunities for students to hone their performance skills, the School of Music’s String Area equips students with the skills to flourish as professional string players. At the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, string students are instructed and mentored by acclaimed faculty musicians that include performers from the Utah Symphony and other leading ensembles.
With approximately 80 students and 18 distinguished faculty members, the String Area offers a competitive, but up-close-and-personal learning environment. Students engage in a variety of activities essential to professional music education, from private lessons in all instruments to intense orchestra and chamber music courses.
An integral component of the curriculum is an emphasis on chamber music playing. With numerous master classes and performance opportunities in our state-of-the-art venues and beyond, students are able to work in both large and intimate settings to gain maximum understanding of string performance. Three distinguished audition-based student chamber ensembles exist, as well as other opportunities: the Graduate String Quartet and the undergraduate Mount Olympus and O.C. Tanner Honors Quartets.
Each summer, the School of Music hosts an annual Summer Chamber Music Workshop, which gives serious high school and college-level students an opportunity to work in-depth on the great masterworks of the chamber music repertoire.
David Yavornitzky, adjunct professor of double bass, was selected to perform the Henze Concerto for Contrabass with the Utah Symphony, in February 2013; its first performance by a major American orchestra since the premier by the Chicago Symphony in 1967.
The Graduate String Quartet attended the prestigious Julliard Quartet Seminar in summer 2013 in New York City.