Upholding the highest artistic and intellectual standards, The School of Music prepares students for success in today’s fast changing music profession.

Chamber music study is an integral part of performance studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Experience in small ensembles affords the developing musician the opportunity to bridge the gap between the individual lesson and the large ensemble. Students learn to balance independence with interdependence while honing both technical and musical skills in an inspiring, creative and collaborative setting. Chamber ensembles are assigned each semester, and may include various chamber ensembles of mixed wind, string, voice, and piano instrumentation.

Excellence in Performance and Education

  • Bachelor of Arts - Music
  • Bachelor of Music - Education
  • Bachelor or Music - Instrumental Performance
  • Graduate Performance Certificate
  • Master of Music - Instrumental Performance
  • Doctor of Arts - Music Performance

Classes in the Strings program may include:

  • Music Theory
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Instrumental Techniques and Conducting
  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Ensembles

Career options for graduates of the Strings program include

  • Performer
  • Music Educator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Graduate School
  • UNC String Chamber Music
  • UNC Early Music Ensemble
  • Alternative Styles Ensemble
  • UNC Cello Ensemble
  • UNC Symphony

Students who wish to pursue a degree in Music must submit an application for admission into the School of Music and successfully complete an audition, in addition to applying for admission to UNC.

Learn about the application process to UNC and the School of Music.

How to Apply

For more information or to schedule a visit to the School of Music, contact Annie Sklar at (970) 351-1132 or email

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Awards & Recognition

The University of Northern Colorado Orchestra program draws upon a rich and well-founded tradition of excellence, and has developed into a program that has received national and international recognition. The UNC Orchestra has been awarded “Best U.S. College Orchestra” in DownBeat magazine’s Annual Student Music Awards ten times in the past 15 years.

Faculty & Staff

Gal Faganel

String Area Head

Lindsay Fulcher

String Education
Assistant Professor of Music

Jubal Fulks


Russell Guyver

Orchestra Director

Jason Olson

Classical Guitar

Nicholas Recuber

Double Bass

Performance Opportunities for Strings

Students studying stringed instruments have many opportunities to perform, including in the Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras at UNC.

UNC Orchestras

The College of Performing and Visual Arts presents over 300 events a year.

Instrumental students are assigned to Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras according to their abilities and needs.

The orchestras rehearse three times each week and present a full concert and opera series. UNC Orchestras have also appeared regularly at Colorado State Music Educators conventions.

Learn more about UNC Orchestras

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