Students of bowed string instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass) at both undergraduate and graduate level are offered one-to-one tuition from renowned Performance Teaching Fellows, as well as a wide range of rich musical experiences in ensemble and solo playing. Each student’s technical and expressive development is supported through lessons, string seminars, orchestral rehearsals, and chamber music sessions. Touring artists are frequently invited to give workshops and masterclasses.
Students are offered training in aspects of Historically Informed Performance, an area with which all professional musicians, whether on modern or period instruments, are now expected to demonstrate familiarity. String players are also invited to participate in opera productions and the annual Winter Jazz Festival. All students are encouraged to form their own chamber ensembles, several of which have achieved great success in competitions and festivals. String students can audition for casual work with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
String graduates from the ANU School of Music have entered the music profession in many capacities, some winning positions in professional orchestras and others establishing successful freelance careers as performers, teachers, writers, and researchers. The ‘portfolio career’ is now a common pathway for graduates entering the music industry, and the ANU School of Music provides an excellent training ground for string students to develop the relevant skill-sets that are necessary for this challenging and rewarding profession.