The Department of Strings offers a personal, supportive, and dynamic conservatory education combined with the outstanding resources and academic rigor of a top public university. The esteemed faculty champions an individualized approach to help each student fulfill their highest artistic and intellectual potential. A variety of graduate and undergraduate degree programs within the department allow string players to choose a path best suited for their unique individual academic and musical goals. Through private instruction, ensemble coaching, musicianship classes, and entrepreneurial training, students learn a wide range of skills enabling them to succeed and adapt in today’s rapidly changing professional environment.

The String Department at Michigan offers a comprehensive program which includes both extensive exposure to cutting-edge new music, as well as an unswerving commitment to excellence in the standard repertoire. Students regularly collaborate with their peers across various departments within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) including the Departments of Piano, Wind & Percussion, and Performing Arts Technology. SMTD’s new Department of Chamber Music provides the exceptional opportunity for string students to dive deeper into this integral art, which plays a central role in the string curriculum.

The Department offers: bachelor of music degree tracks in both performance and music education; a bachelor of musical arts degree combining performance with a secondary interest; and post-graduate degrees at the masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Undergraduates may pursue dual degrees or add a minor, both from within SMTD or from the extensive offerings of the greater university.

String students work in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Earl V. Moore Building, which recently received a $29.5 million expansion and renovation, and have access to cutting-edge audio and video recording studios, allowing for the highest quality documentation of their creative work. All SMTD students can receive unprecedented entrepreneurial and career planning support through the school’s EXCEL department (Excellence in Entrepreneurship Career Empowerment & Leadership), the nation’s top program for funding student entrepreneurial ventures in the performing arts.

The University of Michigan is renowned for developing excellence. Combining the focus and rigor of a conservatory with the academic breadth and depth of a major public research university, an SMTD education is a transformative experience. Musicians receive a comprehensive program of instruction, performance, and pedagogy, as well as the inspiration and knowledge of a liberal arts course of study, instilling the values of innovation and inclusion. Our graduates excel as artists, scholars, educators, entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, and arts administrators, and also as fully-engaged citizens eager to make a difference in their field and community.


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For over a century, Department of Strings alumni have been making their mark in the field as top musicians and respected educators throughout North America and the world. Learn more about the achievements and recent activities of our successful graduates.

KIANA WEBER (BM ’13, violin) toured three years with Barrage and was a former member of the Celtic band Gaelic Storm.

Here are just a few of our celebrated alumni:

Rebecca Ansel (DMA ’99, violin) was awarded fellowships at Aspen & Tanglewood festivals, served as Professor at Ohio State University, and has been appointed Professor Ithaca College 2002.

Elvis Chan (MM ’05, viola) is the principal violist of Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.

Nathanael Jasinski (DMA ’06, cello) is Professor of Cello at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

Ron Merhavi (DMA ’04, double bass) is a Program Director at the Jerusalem Music Centre. He aims to commission further works for the bass, to be performed in recitals with pianist Ariel.

Halevy Margot (Box) Hayward (BM ’03, harp) received her Master of Music degree studying with Yolanda Kondonassis, from The Cleveland Institute of Music in April 2005. Hayward was the solo harpist for the International Festival at Round Top (Texas), summer 2005.

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Department of Strings
Earl V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075