Majors & Concentrations

Specialist in Music: String Instrument Performance

Department of Strings

Designed for students seeking intensive and specialized professional training focusing on performance and ensemble participation. Applicants must possess a master’s degree in music or its equivalent as well as substantial solo and ensemble repertoire.


The Specialist in Music: String Instrument Performance requires a minimum of 30 credits. Coursework to include:

  • Private lessons
  • Ensemble participation
  • Chamber Music
  • Non-Performance SMTD electives

Final Project

The presentation of a recital.

Audition & Interview Dates

For requirement details, please see the Degree Requirements and Term-by-Term Layout for Current Students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the SMTD Graduate Application by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1 for a live audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to SMTD

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Richard Aaron cello
Danielle Belen violin
Aaron Berofsky violin
Caroline Coade viola
Maximilian Dimoff double bass
Amir Eldan cello
David Halen violin
Joan Raeburn Holland harp
Andrew W. Jennings violin
Fabiola Kim violin
Yizhak Schotten viola
Kathryn Votapek violin & chamber music