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College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass & Guitar Study

Welcome to the String Area. As a violinist, violist, cellist, bassist or guitarist you will find many exciting opportunities in the string area.

  • Study privately on your instrument with top teachers
  • Play in the WSU Symphony Orchestra and in string quartets, jazz combos or other chamber ensembles
  • Participate in master classes with fine guest artists
  • Perform both in weekly student Convocations in Kimbrough Music Hall as well as in the weekly concert series in the atrium of WSU’s Holland Library.

WSU string graduates are in demand as both teachers and performers all over the U.S. All of WSU’s recent graduates in string education have received job offers upon graduation. WSU’s string performance graduates are currently employed in orchestras and ensembles including the Golden State Pops Orchestra (concertmaster), Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony, Grande Ronde Symphony (soloist), Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Silver Bay String Quartet and Carnival Cruise Lines Ensemble. Some of the colleges and school districts in which WSU graduates are currently employed include West Valley College, CA; Spokane Falls Community College, WA; Port Angeles, WA; Lacey, WA; Washington D.C.; and Colorado Springs, CO.

Although the WSU String Area’s mission is to train music majors for professional careers in music, we also welcome non-music majors. Almost half of WSU’s ensemble members and scholarship recipients are non-music majors. All WSU Symphony string players are encouraged to enroll in private lessons regardless of degree objective.

If you have any questions or would like to send a recording or schedule an audition please feel free to contact Meredith Arksey, String Area Coordinator.

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