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

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

Ron.Francois@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3160

Leslie Stewart

Instructor of Music; String Pedagogy; Conductor of Concert Orchestra

Leslie2.Stewart@colostate.edu

(970) 219-5985

Margaret Miller

Senior Instructor; 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

Jeff.LaQuatra@colostate.edu

Strings Events

CSU Music On-Demand Fall Showcase

September 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Throughout the semester, select CSU Music concerts that were presented in-person and via Livestream will be made available on-demand. Please purchase an on-demand subscription through our ticket site. The following videos are currently available for on-demand viewing. This list will be updated throughout the semester. Brass Area Recital #1 Virtuoso Series Concert — Jooyeon Chang, [...]

Violin Studio Recital /FREE

December 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. This concert will feature students from the violin studio of Dr. Ron Francois for a program representing a wide variety of styles within the sonata, concerto, and solo genres. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please [...]

Graduate String Quartet Recital

December 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. The concert consists of a program of works by Zoltán Kodály and Johannes Brahms. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please observe social distancing of 6' between other patrons in all areas of the UCA. Concert [...]

Strings News

University Symphony Orchestra Fall 2020 Performance photo

Music returns to Griffin Concert Hall

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It was an emotional moment when the University Symphony Orchestra (strings and percussion) took the Griffin Concert Hall stage and played the first concert at the University Center for the Arts in six months. The concert was conducted by Wes Kenney and graduate conducting student, Andrew Mendizabal. Maestro Kenney spoke several times during the concert, conveying how […]

Promotional Photo of University Center for the Arts External Spring

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance COVID-19 Policies

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All information and health protocols provided are based on information and CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines available at the time of posting. This website will be updated frequently to account for changes in CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines and protocols.  Read the complete list of School of Music, Theatre, and Dance COVID-19 policies […]

Strings Blog

North Pacific Ocean Map

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 promotional photo

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.”

Mendelssohn Trio 2021 Promotional Photo

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.

Duo Francois Promotional Photo

The Duo Francois has been performing at National and International venues since 2008.  This dynamic and versatile duo are known for their interpretations of the classic repertoire and are champions of new compositions in the violin and piano genre.  Several pieces have been composed for the Duo Francois by some of the finest composers of the 21st century.

Their latest CD entitled "Mexico City Blues" featuring three commissioned works earned the Duo a silver medal in both the 'Duo' and 'Emerging Artist' categories at the Global Music Awards and also received regognition by the American Prize in the category of chamber music.

Since 2008, the Duo Francois has also provided masterclasses and lessons, nationally and internationally, to numerous prospective students, and many of these students have pursued graduate work at CSU as a result.

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.