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, monthly string recitals, and a robust chamber music program.

Students study chamber music alongside members of the string and piano faculty, 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.

Utilizing the full breadth of the School of Music and Dance, numerous collaborative projects are ongoing throughout every academic year, with students frequently partnering with colleagues from composition and electronic music, opera, classical and jazz studies, dance, and string pedagogy.

Students enjoy master classes by world renowned visiting artists.  Recent and current guests include Midori, Glenn Dicterow, Semmy Stahlhammer, Hal Grossman, Karen Dreyfus, Patricia McCarty, Yo-Yo Ma, David Finckel, Joseph Johnson, Steve Doane, Nancy Ives, Alison Wells, Matthew Zalkind, the Parker String Quartet, Mark Kosower, and the Danish Quartet.  Many of our graduates go on to symphony and faculty positions, as well as more eclectic careers.

As of fall 2017, the Strings Area has a fulltime member of the Music Education faculty, Professor Andrew Strietelmeier, who specializes in string study and is an accomplished violinist.  This allows the UO School of Music to target the music education curriculum to the specific needs of string music ed. students.

String Faculty at the SOMD

Performance Opportunities

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