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About The Program

Upholding the highest artistic and intellectual standards, the School of Music prepares students for success in today's fast changing music profession. The String area includes studios for violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, and harp.

  • Degree Overview

    Undergraduate Studies

    The Strings Concentration degree emphasizes performance with opportunities for applied private lessons, exposure to both music business and technology and a strong academic musical foundation. Performing in both large and small ensembles will enable students to thrive as modern musicians.

    Graduate Studies

    The Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees in Strings Concentration provide innovative, 21st-century training for doctoral studies and careers in music. Research with the distinguished School of Music faculty, training in pedagogy and numerous ensemble performances will enable students to explore academic interests and promote creative strengths.

    Meet the Faculty

  • Beyond the Classroom

    Southard Music Competition

    The UNC Southard Music Competition has traditionally been one of the school’s premier showcase events, highlighting the breadth and depth of the musical talent of students as soloists and chamber players.

    Learn More about the Southard Music Competition

    Western States Honors Orchestra Festival

    Each year, the University of Northern Colorado hosts the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival in Greeley, Colorado, at UNC Campus Commons.

    Western States Honors Orchestra Festival

    UNC String Project

    The UNC String Project is a community-based music education program providing school-aged students with the opportunity to learn violin, viola, cello, or double bass in an orchestra setting. Led by Dr. Linsday Fulcher, the project is modeled after the National String Project Consortium.

    Learn more about the UNC String Project

  • Curriculum

    Bachelor of Music

    The Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance, Strings Concentration, requires 120 credit hours. It includes foundational music coursework such as music theory, aural skills, class piano, history of music, orchestral excerpts, individual applied lessons and the opportunity to attend recitals and concerts by other students and faculty.

    Learn more about the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance

    Master of Music

    The Master of Music in Instrumental Performance requires 30-31 credit hours of coursework. It includes an introduction to music scholarship and research, individualized applied lessons, seminars in music history and music theory, pedagogy studies with faculty-mentors, and a culminating recital performance.

    Learn more about the Master of Music in Instrumental Performance


    Doctor of Arts

    The Doctor of Arts in Instrumental Performance requires 67-71 credit hours of coursework. Through creating a plan of study, students will be able to pursue academic interests in preparation for comprehensive exams, continue individualized applied lessons, participate in a supervised practicum in college teaching, and give recitals and complete dissertation research credits. Doctoral students will also choose a secondary concentration and complete appropriate graduate-level coursework.

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    Music Performance Certificate

    The Graduate Certificate in Performance is a two-semester post-baccalaureate course of study designed for advanced, non-degree seeking students wishing to pursue intense and concentrated musical study in violin, viola, violoncello, double bass and guitar at the graduate level. 

    Learn More about the Music Performance Certificate

     Performance Opportunities

    Performance opportunities will be available for the UNC Symphony Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble and jazz ensembles. Through these ensembles, students will be able to perform in interdisciplinary collaborations and experience artistry outside of their own areas. Smaller chamber music groups will be available for more individualized and concentrated music-making experiences.

  • Auditions and Scholarships


    In addition to completing the UNC Undergraduate  or Graduate Application, students will be asked to submit more information and audition on a primary instrument in the complete application process. To learn more about the audition process visit the string auditions page to find audition requirements for each instrument.

    String Audition Requirements


    The College of Performing and Visual Arts awards over $1.8 million in scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students in the arts. There are multiple scholarship types offered to students, including talent scholarships and foundation scholarships. To learn more, visit the PVA Scholarship page.

    PVA Scholarships

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Application Dates
  • Fall semesterAugust 1*
  • Spring semesterJanuary 1*
  • Summer semesterMay 1*
*Note: Application dates may vary depending on student status. Learn more.