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Welcome to the OSU String Area!

We hope this site will answer your questions about what makes studying strings at OSU a life-changing and artistically fulfilling experience.

Studying at OSU

Our students come to OSU from around the country, with goals that range from wanting to become high school orchestra directors to launching professional orchestral careers. Check out the fabulous things our alums are bringing to the music world.

At OSU, we take pride in ensuring that our students receive highly personalized instruction.  All of our students study with a professor, receive a lesson each week, and are involved in weekly studio classes, chamber music coachings and technique classes.  All string majors participate in the OSU Symphony Orchestra.  World-renown artists and pedagogues pay regular visits to OSU to work with our students in master classes.  Learn more about upcoming and past OSU String Area events.

Our faculty members collaborate closely to make sure that our students feel fully supported in pursuing their unique artistic and career-based goals, placing emphasis on empowering our students to become thoughtful artists and contributing members of society.  OSU string students and faculty engage actively with the community, through outreach efforts such as the OSU Community Music School and its Suzuki Teacher Training program, as well as with the Global Pedagogy Initiative and the OSU High School Summer Music Camp.


Through a unique partnership with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation, the OSU String Area offers four String Orchestral Graduate Fellowships that allow qualified graduate students to perform as members in the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra while pursuing their Master of Music degree at OSU. 

With the opening of the McKnight Center for Performing Arts slated for fall 2019, it is an exciting time to be a musician at OSU!  The New York Philharmonic will perform the Center's opening concert and members of the Philharmonic will return to OSU throughout the year to work with our students in master classes.  Thanks to a $25 million programming gift from Ross and Billie McKnight, future OSU students will have the opportunity to work with the world's top performers as they visit the McKnight Center for performances and master classes.  Learn more about this exciting gift.

Join us!

We hope you will considering joining our community of vibrant, creative and dedicated artists and make OSU your musical 'home' as you pursue this next step in your artistic journey.  Contact us for more info or to set up a visit.