music

Strings

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in music education; major instrument in the string area
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in composition, secondary instrument in the string area
  • Master of Music (MM) Degree in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in performance

Note: BM students may opt to double-concentrate in two of the programs listed above (performance and music education, performance and composiiton, or composition and music education).

Instruments Taught

  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Harp
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Classical Guitar (BM and AD degrees only)
    • Note: Fall 2020 applications for guitar are not being accepted.

Philosophy

The Mason Gross string program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, providing a rich curriculum of courses spanning performance practice, private instruction, practical research, and hands-on training.  Classes are small, and performance opportunities are abundant. The string program supplies students with a firm foundation for a career in music, whether the goal is to perform, teach, or prepare for further study. 

Coursework

Students receive a weekly 60-minute lesson with their major performance teacher for 12 weeks of the semester. Participation in recitals and ensembles is an essential aspect of the program. At the undergraduate level, courses in music theory emphasize aural skills, analytical techniques, and the writing of tonal harmony and counterpoint. The music-history curriculum includes a rigorous examination of Western art music, principles of ethnomusicology, and a variety of special study courses. In the MM and DMA degree programs, students supplement their professional-level training in performance with courses in musicology, music theory, and music literature. The AD program is more narrowly focused on professional-level training in performance.

Faculty

The string faculty boasts members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as renowned soloists and chamber musicians.

Head of Strings: Jonathan Spitz

Classical Guitar: Jorge Caballero

 

Performance Opportunities

Ensemble participation is a fundamental part of students’ education in the string program at Mason Gross. In addition to an annual concerto competition and two chamber music competitions each year, students have ample opportunity to play in over 300 performances with large ensembles and chamber groups, and to participate in master classes and give solo recitals. Ensembles include the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, and HELIX! (New Music Ensemble).