Strings Area

Overview

The CSU string area seeks to empower students with the knowledge, skills and experience needed for a successful career in music. One-on-one training with artist/scholars, chamber ensemble coaching sessions, rehearsals and concerts with the University Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras promote the intellectual, creative and artistic growth of each student. We believe that total musicianship involves training the artists of the future to have a breadth of knowledge. Professional musicians today are performers, scholars, educators and active supporters of the cause of music. Our string program guides the aspiring musician towards the fulfillment of these goals.

Pedagogy = The Art of Teaching

Did you know there are currently extraordinary opportunities for a career combining performance and teaching? Let us prepare you for the high professional demands of this rewarding field. At Colorado State University, we emphasize the importance of performing AND teaching.

Focus on Private Studio Pedagogy

This track prepares you to teach violin, viola, or cello in a private studio setting or music school. The curriculum follows guidelines established by the American String Teachers Association and includes comprehensive training in methods developed by renowned pedagogues such as Robert Gillespie, Paul Rolland, and Phyllis Young. Our award-winning, internationally recognized faculty will observe and guide you as you gain valuable experience teaching beginning and intermediate students.

 

Study With

Ronald Francois

Associate Professor of Music; Violin, Chamber Music; Coordinator of Strings Area

Ron.Francois@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3160

Leslie Stewart

Instructor of Music; Violin, Chamber Music, Pedagogy

Leslie2.Stewart@colostate.edu

(970) 219-5985

Margaret Miller

Instructor of Music; Viola; Coordinator of Graduate String Quartet Program

Margaret.J.Miller@colostate.edu

(719) 660-0878

Barbara Thiem

Instructor of Music; Cello, Chamber Music, Pedagogy

Barbara.Thiem@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3276

Forest Greenough

Associate Professor of Music; Double Bass, Music Theory

Forest.Greenough@colostate.edu

Jeff LaQuatra

Instructor of Music; Guitar; Music Appreciation

Jeff.LaQuatra@colostate.edu

Strings Events

Virtuoso Series Concert, Amalgam Trio

September 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Shilo Stroman and Matt Brown, Percussion; Jo Asker, Bass The recently formed trio, led by faculty artist Shilo Stroman, explores unusual instrumentation. Additional guests augment the vibe trio as the musicians perform a variety of music, including original works by the group. “Imagine a Jimi Hendrix power trio going to a classic Bill Evans piano [...]

CLASSICAL CONVERGENCE CONCERT SERIES: East Marries West

September 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Shubhendra Rao, master of the sitar, and Saskia Rao-de Haas, pioneer of the Indian cello, take Indian music to new horizons. Their sound has been hailed as a new musical language that is both avant-garde and traditional with an effect that conjures a symphony orchestra. They are joined by master percussionist Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla. [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Quatra Duo

September 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Comprised of faculty artists Michelle Stanley, flute, and Jeff LaQuatra, guitar, the Quatra Duo is embarking on a 12-day tour of China in Oct. This performance shares the tour program with the Fort Collins community and includes the popular “History of the Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, “Entr’acte” by Jacques Ibert, and works by American composers [...]

Strings News

Holiday Spectacular

Start the holiday season at the University Center for the Arts

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—By Herman Chavez, UCA Publicity Intern Kick off the holiday season this week at the University Center for the Arts with the annual Holiday Spectacular and Parade of Lights Preview. The Holiday Spectacular returns on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall. The cost of […]

LaQuatra Duo promotional photo

CSU music professors perform their first concert as a new duo

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—By Emily Kaiser, UCA Publicity Intern Colorado State University music professors Michelle Stanley and Jeff LaQuatra, also known as the Quatra Duo, are debuting two new pieces at their upcoming Virtuosos Series Concert, Something New: Music for Flute – Stanley on flute, LaQuatra on guitar. The performance takes place on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 […]

Strings Blog

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Our Korean Experience, Entry #9

Director of Orchestras Wes Kenney and Music Professor Leslie Stewart are spending two weeks in South Korea where Maestro Kenney will conduct the Changwon Philharmonic. These entries document their latest experience! Saturday, June 22 Four laps around the lake starts what will be a long travel day. We choose to have breakfast outside the hotel […]

Artists-in-Residence

 

Borromeo String Quartet: The visionary performances of the ensemble have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time. The Chicago Tribune calls the Borromeo “a remarkably accomplished string quartet, not simply for its high technical polish and refined tone, but more importantly for the searching musical insights it brings.”

 

The Mendelssohn Trio: Formed in 1988, the trio is named for cellist Barbara Thiem's great grandfather, Franz von Mendelssohn, a nephew of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and an important supporter of artists and musicians in the Berlin of the early 20th century. While performing the standard repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries the trio has made an effort to introduce its audiences to works by 20th century American and European composers. The members give frequent concerts and work closely with students on chamber music projects.

Graduate String Quartet Program

 

Prerequisites for Admission: Bachelor’s Degree in Music, variety of solo and chamber music repertoire.

Opportunities:

  • Assistance in developing artistic and business-related aspects for a successful quartet career
  • Participation in LEAP courses is encouraged
  • Seminar Topics Include:
    • Outreach Program Development
    • Creative Programming
    • Commissioning New Works
    • Arts Leadership & Administration
    • Chamber Music literature/Pedagogy
    • Supervised Coaching Experience

Students will be Involved in the Following:

  • Daily Rehearsal Time
  • Dedicated ensemble rehearsal space in our new state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility
  • Weekly Coaching

Additional Professional Work Available:

  • Opportunities with four professional symphonies in Northern Colorado
  • Teaching Opportunities
  • Chamber Music Performances

For more information, please contact Margaret Miller.

Guest Artists

2004-2005

Alexander String QuartetSan Francisco State University

2006-2007

Cavani String Quartet, Cleveland Institute of Music; cavani.org

2007-2008

Hugo Wolf String Quartett, Vienna; hugowolfquartet.com

2008-2009

Boris Garlitsky. Paris Conservatoire, Concertmaster of London Philharmonic

2015-2016

Break of Reality, cello rock, breakofreality.com

Turtle Island, turtleislandquartet.com

Lysander Trio, lysandertrio.com

Minguet Quartet, minguet.de

Annual Guest

Borromeo String Quartet, borromeoquartet.org