Strings

Strings

The Department of Music offers students the opportunity to study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree. 

Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of

Music Composition
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Theory
elective studies in Music Business

Master of Music students may pursue emphases in the following areas:

Composition
Instrumental Conducting
Instrumental Performance
Music Education
Music History
Music Theory

Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance. 

Faculty

Undergraduate Auditions

All Majors must audition and be accepted into an applied faculty's private studio.

Violin, viola, and cello string candidates should be prepared to perform two works of contrasting styles that best represent the student's highest technical and musical achievement. A movement of solo Bach and a movement from a concerto or a short solo piece are recommended. At least one work from memory is recommended.  Accompaniments are encouraged, but not required.

Double bass candidates should be prepared to perform two works of contrasting styles that best represent the student's highest technical and musical achievement. A movement from a Baroque sonata (such as Vivaldi, Marcello or Bach Gamba Sonatas), and a movement from a concerto or a short solo piece are recommended. Accompaniments are encouraged, but not required. At least one work from memory is recommended.

String major auditions for the 2017-2018 school year will be held in the Billingsley Music Building on the dates below:

  • December 8, 2017
  • January 26, 2018
  • February 9, 2018
  • March 10, 2018

Please contact Er-Gene Kahng to schedule your audition.

Because of limited space, each professor may only be able to accept a select number of students into their studio each year. Your preparation for the audition is vital to your success.

We look forward to hearing you play for us. Thank you for including us in your musical journey.

The steps for applying to become a music major are:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Submit an Application to be a String Music Major.
  3. Ask your two references to submit letters of recommendation to Undergraduate Music Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Undergraduate Admissions”.
  4. Schedule an audition. Please contact Er-Gene Kahng to schedule your music major audition.

Graduate Auditions for Master of Music Degree or Certificate in Advanced Performance

The choice to pursue musical studies at the graduate level is an important decision in the continuing development of a musician’s skill. We welcome the opportunity to assist you and encourage you to make careful preparation for your audition/interview. This process is vital to your success.

Candidates should be prepared to perform four compositions from different style periods that demonstrate musical maturity and technique.

  • One movement from a major concerto
  • One movement from a major sonata
  • A work (or movement of a work) composed before 1750
  • One composition of the applicant's choice

(One of the works should be performed from memory, and one must be an unaccompanied work.)

Students living further than 300 miles away from Fayetteville may submit a DVD with all of the materials listed below.  All requested audition materials should be labeled with the candidate’s name, major instrument, and MM emphasis to be pursued. Materials should be mailed to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions.”

The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Ask three individuals to submit their letters of recommendation to Music Graduate Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.
  3. Schedule an audition with Er-Gene Kahng.

Students wishing to apply for a Department of Music Teaching Assistantship must complete a “Graduate School Application for Graduate Assistantship” and submit it to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.