College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


Welcome to the Strings Department at the College of Music! Our 11 professional faculty offer high-level experiences for string players through weekly individual lessons and through the opportunity to participate in various outstanding ensembles. Weekly performance classes are a vital part of the core curriculum and give the string players a regular forum for their solo and chamber music repertory.

We are particularly interested in providing students with numerous learning experiences and performance opportunities in chamber music. Regular coaching sessions, including individual study, are offered by the internationally renowned Takács Quartet. Exciting new scholarship opportunities supported by the Starling Foundation and the Takács Society are available.

In addition to the standard college chamber music programs in which all string students participate, the department has established a graduate string quartet residency program in which students work intensively throughout the year with the string faculty and with the Takács Quartet.

For more about the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Early Music ensembles, Jazz ensembles, Eklund Family Opera Program productions and numerous smaller chamber ensembles, please visit the Ensembles page.

Department Faculty

Chair, String Studies
Associate Professor of Viola
Professor of Double Bass
Professor Emerita of Cello
Lecturer, Harp
Quartet in Residence
Assistant Professor of Cello
Assistant Professor of Violin
Director, Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program
Assistant Professor of Guitar
Assistant Professor of Violin

More information on the String Department

Undergraduate Degrees >>

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music

Graduate Degrees >>

  • Master of Music in Performance
  • Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance
  • Professional Certificate in String Quartet Performance

Options for Non-Majors >>

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