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Strings faculty included (Back Row) Brooks Whitehouse, Paul Sharpe and (Front row) Sheila Browne, Ida Bieler, Janet Orenstein, Kevin Lawrence.

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As a conservatory, UNCSA focuses on preparing students for careers as performing artists. The UNCSA string department offers students an extraordinary degree of personal attention and mentoring from faculty with active professional careers. String students are under the direct supervision of artist-faculty members Shiela Browne, viola; Ida Bieler, violin; Kevin Lawrence, violin; Janet Orenstein, violin; Brooks Whitehouse, cello; Paul Sharpe, double bass; and Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp.

From these dedicated teachers, students learn to analyze technical and musical questions, leading to command of their instrument, mastery of all areas of musicianship, and success in performing before an audience. Chamber music and larger ensemble playing, assigned by juried auditions, broadens the scope of instrumental study and provides the comprehensive performance experience needed by a string player to prepare for a place on the contemporary concert stage.

Students in the Bachelor of Music program are required to perform a recital program in their senior year. Students working toward the Master of Music are required to play a recital each year of the two-year program.

The repertoire listed below by instrument gives an indication of the range and difficulty of works typically studied by string students in the various UNCSA degree programs.


Solo Repertoire
Concertos by Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski
Solo sonatas and partitas of J. S. Bach
Solo sonatas of Ysaye
Sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Franck, Jancek, Mozart, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Turina

Dont: 24 Studies, Opus 37
Kreutzer: 42 Studies
Rode: 24 Etudes
Dont: 24 Caprices Opus 35
Gavinies: 24 Studies
Paganini: 24 Caprices
Scales, arpeggios and other exercises

Orchestral Repertoire
Strauss Don Juan; Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade; Symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schumann


Solo Repertoire
Concertos by J.C. Bach, Bartok, Bowen, Handel- Casadesus, Hindemith, Hoffmeister, Penderecki, J. Schubert, Schnittke, Stamitz, Telemann, Walton
Solo cello suites; solo violin sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach
Sonatas and solo pieces by Beethoven, Biber,  Bloch, Bowen, Brahms, Britten, Bruch, Carter, Enesco, Gardner, Glinka, Hindemith, Milhaud, Jongen, Kreisler, Ligeti, Reger, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Telemann, Vieuxtemps, Vivaldi, Zimbalist

Campagnoli, Dont, Kreutzer, Rode, Paganini, Dounis, Sevcik
Flesch and Primrose scale systems


Solo Repertoire
Concertos by Haydn, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Bloch, Elgar, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Prokofiev
Solo Suites and Gamba sonatas of J. S. Bach
Sonatas and concert pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Franck, Francouer, Jancek, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Strauss, Schumann, and Shostakovich
Contemporary works by Crumb, Sessions, Britten, Carter, Ligeti, Martinu, Tavener, Feurzeig, Engebretson, and Corigliano.

Cunningham Art of Scales
Feuillard Daily Exercises
Doane Cello Ergonomics
Duport 21 etudes
Alwin Schroeder 170 Foundation Studies
Popper High School of Cello Playing
Piatti 12 Caprices (Silva Edition)

Orchestral Repertoire
Beethoven 5th, 8th and 9th Symphonies, Brahms 2nd Symphony and  2nd piano concerto, Debussy La Mer, Mozart symphonies 35, 40 and 41 and Figaro Overture, Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prokofiev Symphony no. 5, Rossini William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 6, Smetana Bartered Bride Overture, Strauss Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben, and Verdi Requiem.

Double Bass

Solo Repertoire
Concertos by Bottesini, Dragonetti, Dittersdorf, Hoffmeister, Koussevitsky, Vanhal
Solo Suites of J. S. Bach
Sonatas by Franck, Hertl, Hindemith, Misek, Schubert, Scarlatti, Vivaldi
Works by Frank Proto, Teppo Hauta-Aho, Hans Werner Henze, Franz Pillinger, Paul Ramsier, Emil Tabakov

Scales and arpeggios in three octaves
Technical study from Basic Technique by Paul Sharpe
Etudes by Bille, Findeisen, Libon, Mengoli, Simandl, Storch-Hrabe, Rabbath

Orchestral Repertoire
All major orchestral audition repertoire is covered over a two-year cycle in the double bass Symphonic Repertoire class.  The class consists of a minimum of four yearly mock auditions which are recorded and the performances are analyzed carefully in the following class.


Contact artist-faculty member Jacquelyn Bartlett for information on the Bachelor of Music and High School Diploma programs in harp.

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