The String Area in the College of Music includes study in violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, and guitar. A distinguished faculty of artist-teachers is dedicated to the multi-faceted development of each and every student, regardless of major, in a rigorous, yet nurturing, environment. It is a guiding principle of the College of Music that high performance standards form the basis of every degree program in music. Graduates of the string area have gone on to jobs with professional orchestras, colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, are highly successful music educators, and have won numerous national and international competitions. Students enjoy the camaraderie of and collaboration with outstanding string players from throughout the world.
String performance degrees are available at all levels, freshman through doctoral. Highly talented string players who pursue non-performance degrees study alongside performance majors and participate in all performance opportunities, including chamber music, orchestral and operatic performance, and student-initiated performances. A comprehensive chamber music program is coached by all members of the string faculty. Students are exposed to nearly 600 performances each year by students, faculty, and guest artists. Some of the world’s leading artists frequent the College of Music to perform and give master classes, including Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Roberto Diaz, Patricia McClarty, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, and the Jupiter Quartet.
A well-rounded curriculum, outstanding teachers, myriad oustanding performance opportunities, and accomplished student colleagues makes the FSU string program one of the finest in the country. Please feel free to contact any of our faculty for more information.