Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp

BU School of Music offers the best of both worlds: an immersive music program and the diverse opportunities of a major research university. So dive deep, and be transformed not only as an artist but as a leader, entrepreneur, advocate, and thinker.

As part of the String Department you will join a longstanding tradition of excellence. Learn from faculty that draw from wide-ranging experiences as soloists, pedagogues, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians. Take a lesson with our internationally renowned faculty. Get a chamber music coaching with the Grammy award-winning Muir Quartet. Prep for your orchestra auditions with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Whatever path you choose, the String Department offers the optimal training ground for students seeking meaningful careers as orchestral and chamber musicians, soloists, teachers, and pedagogues.

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Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music
    in Performance, Music Education, Composition & Theory, or Musicology
  • Master of Music
  • Performance Diploma
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Artist Diploma

By the numbers

Undergraduate String Majors
Graduate String Majors
String Faculty Members
Faculty Members in the BSO




Performance Opportunities

  • BU Symphony Orchestra
  • BU Chamber Orchestra
  • Opera Orchestra
  • Chamber Music
  • Annual Bach competition
  • Annual Soloists’ Competition
  • BU Baroque Orchestra

Recent Masterclasses

  • Ira Gold, Double Bass
  • Thomas Landschoot, Cello
  • Joseph Silverstein, Violin
  • Dimitri Murtah, Viola
  • James Buswell, Violin
  • Mihai Tetel, Cello
  • Sheila Browne, Viola
  • Edicson Ruiz, Double Bass

Other Opportunities

  • Five-year program in Bachelor of Music, Performance and Master of Music, Education. Official admission to the program occurs during the sophomore year, but students can begin adding music education courses gradually to the performance degree program starting in the freshman year.
  • An exciting and unique opportunity to study for a semester with the Royal College of Music in London, England through BU Study Abroad.
  • Arts Administration Certificate program, through the BU Metropolitan College, offers courses for graduate students interested in futures in arts leadership and administration.
  • Cross-curricular opportunities in the College of Fine Arts, including the Arts Leadership Minor, and access to the greater University’s liberal arts courses.

Notable Alumni