Boston Conservatory at Berklee's string performance program offers a reimagined approach to training aspiring professional artists who are polished performers, articulate communicators, creative collaborators, experts in traditional and standard repertoire, and curators of new music.
Throughout the four-year program, students have many opportunities to perform as soloists and as members of the school’s various ensembles. In order to replicate the pacing and structure of a professional music company, every two weeks throughout the semester, students rehearse and perform with a new ensemble, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, string quartets, and pit orchestras for dance, opera, and theater productions. Students are also encouraged to work with peer composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists to explore different styles and practice collaborating with various types of artists.
The conservatory’s string faculty comprises internationally renowned soloists, teachers, award winners, and chamber music performers. With relevant, real-world experience and a healthy variety of teaching approaches, faculty members give students valuable artistic insight and foster a familial environment in which students can grow.
What It Takes to Succeed
Students who thrive in the conservatory’s string performance program understand that the music industry is changing. They have a strong desire to become versatile artists and possess the skills and drive to both recognize and create career opportunities. They want the specialized training needed to become the most skilled string players possible, but also want opportunities to supplement their focus and expand their perspectives. Perhaps most importantly, conservatory string students are passionate about music and are prepared to fully dedicate themselves to a life in the arts.
The first two years of the conservatory’s rigorous string performance training focus on establishing a solid foundation of standard repertoire and practical musical skills, such as sight reading, music theory, rhythmic embodiment, harmonization, and improvisation. At the same time, students work to strengthen their technical and performance skills in weekly private lessons, seminar classes, and ensemble and chamber performances.
In their junior and senior years, students delve deeper into their musical studies and can customize their academic path to reflect their career goals. They may choose from a variety of elective courses available between the conservatory and Berklee College of Music, including career skills, the Alexander Technique, arts journalism, and nonverbal communication. For their degree recitals, students are responsible for coordinating with their fellow student instrumentalists and vocalists to produce a well-rounded program of music. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to keep an active performance schedule with conservatory and Boston-area ensembles.
Graduates of Boston Conservatory’s string performance program enjoy international prestige as competition winners, solo performers, recording artists, and members of acclaimed chamber groups and orchestras. Many have also gone on to establish innovative music programs and new ensembles with the aim of using music to connect with and transform their communities.
- Boston Pops Orchestra
- Boston String Quartet
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra
- Florida Orchestra
- Fortuna Piano Trio
- iPalpiti Artsits International
- Meccorre String Quartet
- National Repertory Orchestra
- New World Symphony
- Sarasota Opera Orchestra
- Singapore Symphony
- Tessera String Quartet
- Vancouver Symphony
- Welsh National Opera Orchestra
- The Young Eight
- Aspen Music Festival
- Banff Music Festival
- National Orchestra Institute
- Tanglewood Music Center
- The Pacific Music Festival
- Boston Conservatory at Berklee
- Istanbul University State Conservatory
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- University of Nebraska—Omaha
- American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition
- American String Teachers' Association National Solo Competition
- Banff International String Quartet Competition
- Chamber Music Foundation of New England International Competition
- Massachusetts American String Teachers' Association Solo and Chamber Music Competition
- Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition
- Sphinx Competition and Sphinx Virtuosi Tour
- Vittorio Veneto Competition
- Washington International Solo Competition