The string department of The Shepherd School of Music features a resident faculty of internationally-known performers who are also recognized as master teachers. All string students have regular lessons with their chosen studio professor as well as intense participation in both orchestral and chamber music ensembles. Professional staff accompanists are provided for lessons and recitals and each string area offers orchestral studies at the graduate level to complement work toward professional auditions.
Academic studies leading to the Bachelors, Masters, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees are taught by a stellar faculty in the areas of music theory, composition, music history, and musicology as well as an unparalleled liberal arts curriculum offered by Rice University. Special courses such as pedagogy, the business of music, and performance preparation underscore the goal of preparing our students for the many facets of activities in the professional musical world.
Shepherd School alumni perform in symphonic and chamber orchestras as well as period instrument ensembles throughout the world. Our string graduates are also found in professional chamber music ensembles and teaching in colleges and universities. Others are successful teaching in public, private, and preparatory schools and still others find success in the entertainment fields. Joy in the study and performance of music is pervasive at The Shepherd School and both faculty and students are energized through these endeavors.