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About the Program

The String Program at SJSU is home to some of the finest faculty in the country, all of which are active performing musicians with extensive experience in the music performance and teaching disciplines. In the University Symphony Orchestra, students perform professional level works and present four full-length concerts each year that showcase the entire orchestra. Our orchestra collaborates once per year with the vocal department to accompany a fully staged opera. Vocal and instrumental students may also participate in our annual Concerto-Aria Competition for the opportunity to perform their solo with the University Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these large ensemble opportunities, many of our string players participate in Collegium early music performance; they are also active chamber music participants, receiving weekly coachings and performance opportunities.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Masters of Arts in Music
  • Minor in Music


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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact a member of the string faculty?

All members of the string faculty may be contacted by e-mail or through the Music Office to set up an introductory lesson.

Are Private Lessons Open to Non-Music Majors?

Private lessons are currently available only to music majors. Music minors may take private lessons only by permission of the Director of the School of Music and Dance.

Do I Need to be a Music Major to Perform in a String Ensemble?

No, all ensembles are open to majors and non-majors by audition.

Are There Scholarships Available?

Yes. Awards are based upon performance level and the specific needs of the School. Scholarship auditions are held three times annually on campus. Students who live far away may submit a recording for consideration. Contact or the Recruitment Office at 408- 924-1377 for information on the dates. All music majors enrolled in the Spartan Marching Band receive an automatic supplemental scholarship award.

When Should I Apply for Admission into the Program?

Apply to the University as early as possible during the fall semester of your last year in high school or junior college, then contact the Music Office to set up an audition or a scholarship audition.

Can Anyone Be a Music Major?

No. All students must audition for placement in the BA program and for acceptance into the BM and MA programs. Most music majors already have had extensive experience in their chosen area of music.