Strings

Music at UT Arlington is rapidly emerging as one of the top undergraduate programs in North Texas. Our recent curriculum expansion to include the Master of Music degree and the Certificate in Performance further extends opportunities for professional development. Led by a group of well-respected performers, the String Area is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. The string faculty is committed to providing quality individual instruction and guidance to students in their pursuit of a music career.

Besides the individual instruction, opportunities to play in orchestra and chamber ensembles are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. The principal performing group is the UTA Symphony Orchestra, which presents a full season of concerts consisting of major works from the standard orchestral repertoire. Although a majority of its members are music majors, there are positions available for those majoring in other fields. In addition to the orchestral ensembles, selected students may participate in the chamber music program. These small ensembles explore string trio, quartet, and quintet literature, including works with piano and instruments from the brass and woodwind families.

UTA students not only benefit from the extraordinary facilities existing in the Music Department but also by its location. UTA is situated only at a short driving distance from the two large urban areas of Dallas and Fort Worth. Both of these cities, as well as Arlington itself, are known for cultural events, concerts, art museums, professional sports and entertainment activities. The benefits our students receive from this rich cultural environment extend beyond the opportunities to attend concerts. Indeed, during the current season, a number of UTA String Area students successfully auditioned or substituted with important area orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony, the New Arlington/Las Colinas Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Irving Symphony, the Texas Chamber Orchestra, the Waco Symphony, and the East Texas Symphony.

The String Area offers merit-based scholarships to selected UTA Symphony members. Students may arrange to audition for scholarships by contacting Dr. Clifton Evans at cevans@uta.edu.

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