The strings area at the University of Oregon is one of the most comprehensive programs in the western United States, featuring individual studies with superb faculty members, weekly performance classes, and monthly recitals.

Students study chamber music alongside members of the Oregon String Quartet, and enjoy an active program in Baroque performance practice.

The UO’s Community Music Institute is a learning and teaching center for string pedagogy, offering lessons to children taught by experienced teachers with extensive training in both Suzuki and traditional methods.

Collaboration is a hallmark of the strings area, with students frequently partnering with colleagues in the composition and electronic music, violin and viola pedagogy, and classical and jazz bass studies programs.

Students enjoy master classes by world renowned visiting artists; recent guests include Midori, Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Yo-Yo Ma, David Finckel, Joe Johnson, Steve Doane, Nancy Ives, and Alison Wells.  Many graduates of the program attain symphony and faculty positions.

The Oregon String Quartet

The Oregon String Quartet performs in Beall Concert Hall.Since 1982, the Oregon String Quartet, comprised of faculty members from the UO's strings area, has provided students with a wide range of diverse concerts, including years of chamber music collaborations in the acoustically superior Beall Concert Hall. Hailed by numerous media outlets, the quartet has toured (individually or as an ensemble) throughout the U.S. and the world.

Most recently, the quartet has undertaken the performance of all seventeen Beethoven string quartets across an ambitious three-year concert series.

Performance Opportunities

  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Oregon Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz ensembles
  • Chamber music
  • Collegium ensemble