Strings Department Chair

Playing Opportunities: The School of Music offers more than 50 different large and small music ensembles. These include two big bands, a 10-piece fusion ensemble,  an 11tet featuring original compositions, 15 small jazz groups performing traditional and contemporary jazz (from Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to the Yellowjackets and the Brecker Brothers), a Rock Ensemble, Neo-Soul Ensemble, Praise Ensemble, Stax Records Ensemble, Inter-disciplinary Ensemble, Chorus and Jazz Singers. Violin majors have the opportunity to participate in additional School of Music concerts, musical theater productions and larger inter-arts collaboration concerts.

Location: The University of the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia on the “Avenue of the Arts,” next door to both the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There are 19 professional concert halls, jazz clubs, music clubs and theaters all within four blocks of school that present more than 80 professional concerts, recitals and music performances each week.

Teaching Materials: At the beginning of every school year, each String major receives study materials that have been created by our faculty. These cover all requirements for each year of study.

Program/Curriculum: Students take weekly one-hour private lessons with the violin or other String faculty. Students are encouraged to pursue any musical interests they may have while maintaining a high level of focus in the curriculum. Our String faculty is well-versed in a variety of styles and encourages students to explore a wide range of creative possibilities.