Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance and education (double concentration)
  • Master of Music (MM) in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in performance

Instruments Taught


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. 


Students receive a weekly 60-minute lesson with their major performance teacher. Participation in recitals and ensembles is an essential aspect of the program. Theory courses emphasize aural skills, analytical techniques, and the writing of tonal harmony and counterpoint. The music-history curriculum includes a rigorous examination of world music, Western tradition, and a variety of special study courses.


The string faculty boasts members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Head of Strings: Jonathan Spitz

Classical Guitar: Jorge Caballero and Christopher Kenniff


Performance Opportunities

Ensemble participation is a fundamental part of your education in the string program. In addition to an annual concerto competition students have ample opportunity to perform in over 300 performances each year with small and large ensembles including chamber groups, master classes, and solo recitals. Large ensembles are open audition and include the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, and HELIX! (New Music Ensemble).