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The String Area is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists. Students study with faculty who are in demand as featured soloists with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and the world, and who are equally active as university faculty and master class teachers.

All four faculty members have a wide experience in symphonic and chamber music, as well as an extensive list of solo performances. Orchestras in which they have participated include the Cleveland Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Montreal Symphony. Their music festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival, and International Musical Arts Institute.

KU string alumni have gone on to important teaching and performance careers and have appeared as soloists with orchestras throughout the region, as well as nationally. They currently serve on faculties at universities such as Penn Sate University, Mercer University (GA), Harrisburg University (PA), and the University of Utah (Logan). They are members of professional orchestras, such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony.


Your audition with the School of Music is crucial. It serves as an application to the Division. It is also a contributing factor in scholarship considerations.
An audition is required for all music degree programs and scholarship consideration.

Information on audition procedures and requirements are found on the KU School of Music Auditions Page. The suggested compositions are indications of musical styles and levels of difficulty for prospective undergraduate student auditions. Compositions of comparable difficulty are acceptable. If you have doubts about substitute pieces, you may contact the appropriate faculty member.


All students must apply for acceptance to the University of Kansas and to the School of Music. Interested persons are referred to the Undergraduate Studies page and Graduate Studies page for complete information.

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
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