To lead a successful career, string players must be versatile artists equipped with the skills and creativity needed to pave their own paths. That’s why Boston Conservatory at Berklee is taking a fresh approach to string performance training—one that celebrates new music, explores a wide range of styles and techniques, encourages collaboration, and inspires an entrepreneurial spirit.


  • B.M.
    Bachelor of Music in String Performance
    Four-Year Program
  • M.M.
    Master of Music in String Performance
    Two-Year Program
  • P.S.C.
    Professional Studies Certificate in String Performance
    One-Year Program
  • A.D.
    Artist Diploma in String Performance
    Two-Year Program
  • G.P.D.
    Graduate Performance Diploma in String Performance
    Two-Year Program

Areas of Focus

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

WATCH: The Aston Quartet performs "Alcantara" by alum Scott Ethier. "Alcantara" is based on the overture to Boston Conservatory founder Julius Eichberg's opera The Doctor of Alcantara, which debuted in 1873 in a performance by the Colored American Opera Company, the first all-Black opera company in the United States.

Alumni Story

Signaling Change at the Podium

Alum Jonathon Heyward makes history as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s first music director of color.

By the Numbers

  • 15 world-class faculty members
  • 39 undergraduate students
  • 42 graduate students

Meet Your Mentors

Q&A with Saul Bitran

As Boston Conservatory at Berklee welcomes Saul Bitran as a new member of the string faculty, the noted violinist and member of Cuarteto Latinoamericano talks about his passion for chamber music, his teaching philosophy, and his fondness for bossa nova.

WATCH: Student Gioia Gedicks performs J.S. Bach's Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor.