One of the first and most distinguished centers of classical music training in the American west, Brigham Young University has trained musicians to play in orchestras for over a century. With approximately ninety students, the string division comprises a significant portion of the enrollment in the School of Music. String studies at BYU offers students the opportunity to study with world-renowned musicians and teachers, as well as perform in BYU’s highly acclaimed ensembles. Through chamber music, performing ensembles, and studio and master class combinations, the students bond together in the joint pursuit of excellence on their instruments.
The study and performance of chamber music is an important component in the curriculum of the string major. Strong emphasis is placed on this art form as each string major receives personal coaching to help them refine their abilities. Every undergraduate major is expected to perform two recitals, a junior recital and a senior recital, to qualify for graduation. Graduate students have one required recital. In addition, opportunities abound to perform on a regular basis to hone performance skills, assist fellow classmates, and serve the community.