The string program at University of the Pacific prepares students for a successful career in music. You will learn and make music with our first-rate faculty who are experienced performers themselves. You will also have plentiful opportunities to hone your musicianship through our strong ensemble programs and diverse performance opportunities.
How to apply and audition
Student-centered learning is a vital characteristic of the string program. By recognizing that every student is unique and requires an individualized approach, each applied faculty member adapts their teaching methods to meet your unique needs. In addition, the applied faculty members have a holistic approach to teaching, helping you develop both technically and musically. Through weekly private lessons, you will develop invaluable problem-solving skills.
You will gain fundamental performance experience through solo classes, orchestra concerts, chamber music and degree recitals (performance and education majors).
Trio 180, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, gives concerts and master classes throughout the United States and has been featured in concert series in Mexico and Canada. This talented ensemble includes celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller, renowned cellist Vicky Wang and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong. The trio mentors young musicians and chamber music groups at the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, where all three members are on faculty.
University Symphony Orchestra
As members of the University Symphony Orchestra, violin, viola, cello, and double bass students perform orchestral repertoire ranging in style from Classical and Romantic master works to exciting world premieres. Recent performances have included works by composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Ravel, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
String performance majors and other interested string players cultivate their collaborative skills through participation in the chamber music program. You will play in a wide variety of ensembles, learning the intricacies of working with other strong musicians.
Other ensemble opportunities include in the 28/78 New Music Ensemble, Pacific Heavy Ensemble and the Mariachi de Pacific program.