Strings Performance

String Performance
Julian Ross
Department Chair
Boesel Musical Arts Center

Special Degree Emphasis:

Students can apply to participate in one of our new emphasis programs.  These provide additional focus for those who are ambitious to pursue specialized interests.  Emphasis such as those in chamber music, pedagogy (studio teaching), music theory and conducting provide superb opportunities for many students.

String Performance

Includes: violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, and guitar

String performance majors at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory are inspired to achieve their full technical potential while building their individual artistic identities. 

The Faculty:

Our faculty are esteemed performing artists who are also generously devoted to teaching and mentoring aspiring professional musicians.  Faculty members teach both individual students in their private studios and they coach our numerous chamber ensembles.


Every BW string student gains from frequent public performance experiences.  BW is one of the few major music conservatories in the United States that is fully-focused on undergraduates.  Our String Department students are fully immersed in performance opportunities throughout their studies.

Intelligent and creative interpretations along with secure polished performances are prepared in lessons, chamber music coaching sessions and orchestra rehearsals.  These are then brought to the stage on numerous performance venues, such as: 

  • Weekly studio classes
  • Departmental recitals
  • Conservatory convocations
  • Guest master classes
  • BW Symphony Orchestra concerts
  • BW Opera and Music Theatre pit ensembles
  • Semester juries
  • Required degree recitals
  • Annual concerto competition

A curriculum designed for success:

BW String performance graduates are highly skilled musicians.  Our curriculum provides the foundation of knowledge and skills that is essential for all music professionals, through the Conservatory’s outstanding musicianship and music literature training, as well as the rich opportunities provided in the liberal arts at BW.

Cleveland Orchestra Partners:

Our special partnership with members of the Cleveland Orchestra brings some of the nation’s leading orchestral musicians to give master classes on the orchestral repertoire for BW string students. Each orchestral string instrument receives four master classes from Cleveland Orchestra members who are experienced teachers, committed to the progress of BW’s music majors. These artists get to know our students well and follow their progress.  They provide advice about interpretation, technique as well as the auditioning process itself.  Students become accustomed to performing orchestra audition excerpts and they participate in mock orchestral auditions.  

Resident Ensembles and On-Campus Events:

Numerous guest artists visit BW to give performances, master classes and workshops, and our own faculty members perform regularly on our campus.  Students observe, firsthand, the process of preparation and performance pursued by these well-established artists.

A long-standing tradition at the BW conservatory, a series of concerts are offered each season by BW’s resident ensembles:

  • The Elysian Piano Trio
  • Lyceum2  (Violin & Piano Duo)
  • Africa--->West (Percussion Trio)


Students benefit from residing in the Cleveland area, one of the world’s great musical centers.  Our location allows our students opportunities to experience many of the world's leading artists in performance every year.

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