Strings at Illinois is comprised of a dynamic world-class faculty that embraces the diversity of expression and expertise through each faculty member’s specialties. We cultivate a collaborative environment tailored to each individual student’s interests. Our faculty actively create, perform, teach, and present in leading concert halls, festivals, organizations, and institutions, encouraging the next generation of creative artists-citizens through example. Our students are enthusiastically nurtured to be versatile and flexible 21st-century performers, teachers, and innovators ready to engage with the future now.

Trial Lessons

Prospective string students are encouraged to contact individual professors regarding a free trial lesson. Click on professor portraits below to find their contact information.

Students immerse themselves in the intimate community at Illinois with string faculty members, who connect the world to Champaign-Urbana through their activities. Our friendly and energetic micro-urban environment includes the unparalleled Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and access to today’s premier performing artists.

String undergraduate students engage in intensive performance and innovative pedagogy possibilities at Illinois while enjoying the enormous offerings of our internationally-recognized flagship university. String graduate students are eligible for a variety of scholarships and internships, including teaching assistantships. These opportunities have been invaluable in positioning our alumni professionally ahead in the field through developing experiences and résumés.

Building upon the legacy of Paul Rolland, a founder of the American String Teachers Association, students have a wide array of scholarship opportunities, performances with university and regional ensembles, shared studio classes, visiting guest artists, and teaching experiences through the Illinois String Academy and regional organizations. Students will find a dedicated environment to chamber music development with the resident Jupiter String Quartet on faculty.

Our students participate in top festivals and professional training orchestras such as the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Summer Music at Banff Centre, Taos School of Music, and Yellow Barn.