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Andrew Mark, Chair

Program

String Performance

"The instructors at The Boston Conservatory help you reach your professional goals and become a versatile musician in a diverse and competitive field." —Eric Mrugala (B.M. '15, Violin)

Your Training

At The Boston Conservatory, we prepare you for a life in music. Every aspect of your strings training focuses on you and your development as a professional. We achieve this by offering a rich and varied curriculum and individual attention made possible by a low teacher-to-student ratio. In addition to providing you with the fundamental tools and techniques, the Conservatory offers a range of performance opportunities to give you the experience you need to transform yourself as a musician, artist and professional.

Courses

  • Applied lessons and recitals
  • Chamber Music
  • Ear Training
  • Harmony & Counterpoint
  • Theory & Musicology Electives
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Piano Class
  • Liberal Arts Core and Electives
  • Music Electives
  • Music History
  • Orchestral Audition Excerpts Training
  • Orchestral Repertoire
  • Performance Seminar
  • Recital and concert attendance
  • Science or Mathematics
  • String Pedagogy

Your Teachers

You will work and study with professional artists. The String faculty includes some of today’s most active solo and chamber musicians and award winning pedagogues. Several members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) are on our faculty and students have the opportunity to work with BSO members to coach the orchestral audition repertoire. 

In addition, our guest artists have included Yo-Yo Ma, Ilya Kaler, Aldo Parisot, Andrew Manze, Bernard Greenhouse, Misha Amory, Maria Lambros, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, American, Emerson and Orion string quartets. Masterclasses at The Boston Conservatory for the 2013-2014 school year include Carol Rodland, Amit Peled, Gauthier Capuçon, Scott Lee, Saveliy Shalman, Pamela Frank, Tara O'Connor, Nicolas Dautricourt, and Douglas Baillett.

Strings Faculty

Andrew Mark, Chair

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Artist in Residence

  • Carol Rodland, Viola

Your Department

Average number of undergraduate strings students: 39

Average number of graduate strings students: 42

Your Performance Opportunities

The variety of performance opportunities here gives you professional experience. You will have the opportunity to play in solo and studio recitals; symphony, string and opera orchestras; chamber groups; and in collaborative projects with our Dance and Theater divisions. In addition the Conservatory holds Honors Concert competitions in both the String and Chamber Music departments and hosts an annual Concerto Competition, where the winner performs with the The Boston Conservatory Orchestra. 

On Campus

  • The Boston Conservatory Baroque Ensemble
  • The Boston Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Hemenway Strings
  • The Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet
  • The Boston Conservatory Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta
  • Concerto, chamber music and string competitions 
  • Contemporary music ensembles
  • Individually-coached chamber music groups
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists
  • Orchestral repertoire and audition exceprt classes with Boston Symphony members
  • Pit orchestra for opera, dance and theater productions
  • Solo and studio recitals
  • Sonata and duo classes
  • Student and faculty composer collaborations

Off Campus

  • Community outreach programs servicing the Greater Boston area
  • Opportunities to collaborate and perform with local music ensembles, including orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, film scoring and studio recording
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through our Student Services Office

Your Future

Our students and graduates have won numerous prestigious competitions, and are performing and teaching successfully throughout the world.

Ensembles

  • Boston Pops Orchestra
  • The Boston String Quartet
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra
  • Florida Orchestra
  • Fortuna Piano Trio (Italy)
  • iPalpiti Artsits International
  • Meccorre String Quartet (Poland)
  • National Repertory Orchestra (U.S.)
  • New World Symphony
  • Sarasota Opera orchestra
  • Singapore Symphony
  • Tessera String Quartet
  • Vancouver Symphony
  • Welsh National Opera Orchestra
  • The Young Eight

Fellowships

  • Aspen Music Festival
  • Banff Music Festival
  • National Orchestra Institute
  • Tanglewood Music Center
  • The Pacific Music Festival

Faculty Appointments

  • The Boston Conservatory
  • Istanbul University State Conservatory
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • University of NebraskaOmaha

Awards

  • American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition
  • American String Teachers' Association National Solo Competition
  • Banff International String Quartet Competition
  • Chamber Music Foundation of New England International Competition
  • Massachusetts American String Teachers' Association Solo and Chamber Music Competition
  • Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition (Italy)
  • Sphinx Competition and Sphinx Virtuosi Tour
  • Vittorio Veneto Competition (Italy)
  • Washington International Solo Competition
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