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Strings Department (Violin, Violoncello, Viola, Double Bass)

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Degrees Offered

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.


  • 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




Double Bass


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. 

Your Future

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


  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Florida Philharmonic
  • iPalpiti Artists International
  • Meccorre String Quartet (Poland)
  • National Repertory Orchestra
  • New World Symphony
  • Singapore Symphony
  • The Boston String Quartet
  • Fortuna Piano Trio (Italy)
  • The Young Eight
  • Tessera String Quartet


  • Aspen Music Festival
  • Tanglewood Music Center
  • The Pacific Music Festival


  • American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition
  • American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition
  • Banff International String Quartet Competition
  • International String Quartet Competition "Premio Paolo Borciani"
  • National American String Teachers’ Association Solo Competition
  • Vittorio Veneto Competition (Italy)
  • Washington International Solo Competition
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