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; Director of Master of Music, Music Education Conducting Specialization

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

University Symphony Orchestra: 10th Anniversary Concert

September 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM
With Guests John McGuire, Bernard Scully, Ayo Derbyshire, and Christine Pelletier, Horn The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 6. CSU faculty artist John McGuire, is joined by Bernhard Scully, horn professor at the University of Illinois and former horn player for the Canadian Brass, CSU music [...]

Guest Artist Concert: Adriana Contino, Cello; with Michael Unger, Harpsichord

September 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Enjoy a medley of Baroque sonatas, including composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Gabrielli, among others. Adriana Contino was principal cellist of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for twenty years, teaches at Anderson University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michael Unger is a multiple award-winning performer who appears worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. He is the organ and harpsichord professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and organist of Cincinnati’s historic Isaac M. Wise – Plum Street Temple.

Red Shoe Piano Trio / FREE

September 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM
With Margaret Miller, Viola. The Red Shoe Piano Trio, in-residence at Fort Lewis College in Durango, is joined by CSU faculty artist Margaret Miller for an evening of piano quartets. “After playing there earlier in the month, I am looking forward to having my colleagues from Ft. Lewis here at CSU,” explains Miller. “Do come join us!”

Strings News

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Special guests include Bernard Scully, former horn player for The Canadian Brass The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University presents the fall University Symphony Orchestra Concert, conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney. The performance is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center […]

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University Symphony Orchestra Concert: The Last Dance

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With Guest Tiffany Blake, Soprano The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, plays two dance inspired works: Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances and Igor Stravinsky’s iconic Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). In between the two, CSU faculty artist Tiffany Blake performs the beautiful Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss to round out […]

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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