The strings area at the University of Oregon is one of the most comprehensive programs in the western United States.

Students study chamber music alongside their faculty mentors and enjoy an active program in Baroque performance practice.

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

The UO’s Community Music Institute is a learning and teaching center for our string pedagogy program, 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.