Music Performance: Strings

Conservatory
Julian Ross, Chair of String Instruments Department
(440) 826-2368, music@bw.edu

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OVERVIEW

Achieve instrumental mastery while gaining a comprehensive education that can lead to a professional career in music.

Baldwin Wallace's string performance major is a rigorous and rewarding program that helps you develop strong technical, artistic, entrepreneurial and analytical skills.

Within the string program, BW offers studies in violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and guitar. Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are inherent to the program. BW's faculty-student ratio is 7:1 for the Conservatory of Music.

The program offers an outstanding foundation for graduate studies and career opportunities. It includes intensive academics, private lessons and extensive performance opportunities.

Baldwin Wallace faculty are established professionals with real-world experience, impressive credentials and networking connections. They're published composers, authors, musicians and researchers.

A partnership with members of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra bring some of the nation's leading orchestral musicians to campus to give master classes on the orchestral repertoire for string performance students. You'll benefit from meaningful networking, mentoring and learning opportunities.

Also impressive to your studies is BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland – home of nationally ranked music, theatre and arts organizations and facilities.

Career Opportunities

  • Music educator
  • Chamber musician
  • Orchestral musician
  • Conductor
  • Music business executive
  • Arts administrator
  • Private teacher
  • Concert soloist

All-Steinway School

BW is closing in on achieving the elite All-Steinway School designation for its Conservatory of Music. Once accomplished, BW will join a prestigious list of 11 conservatories worldwide that boast this renowned classification. The addition of 88 Steinway pianos will further elevate your learning experience by having lessons and performance opportunities on the same quality instruments that are the standard in concert halls worldwide.

Vibrant Facility Engages Students

Striking Boesel Musical Arts Center is a picturesque four-building complex that houses BW's Conservatory of Music. It's a seamless blend of historic architecture and modern design. The facility houses 50 soundproofed practice rooms, instructional space, practice studios and impressive rehearsal halls that can accommodate the latest technologies for teaching and performance.

Exceptional Learning Experiences

Innovation, excellence and outstanding hands-on learning and performance opportunities make Baldwin Wallace's Conservatory of Music a proven choice for students nationwide. The undergraduate-only Conservatory provides an exceptional learning environment for students to take lead roles in performing, conducting, managing and teaching. Alumni can be found at top graduate schools and working with the best orchestras, operas and theatres. Other alumni are employed in rewarding positions in teaching, arts management and music therapy.

Conservatory Students are Talented, Intelligent

BW Conservatory of Music students are achievers. Over the past three years, the average ACT score for incoming students was 26. The average SAT score was 590 for verbal and 570 for mathematics.

CURRICULUM

Rigorous coursework coupled with intensive and extensive practical experiences provide comprehensive learning.

You’ll study music theory, history and literature, form and analysis, tonal harmony, Solfège and more. You’ll learn to apply critical thinking, creativity and technical skills to your work.

Outside the classroom, you’ll take private lessons and participate in rehearsals and performances with a major ensemble, as well as other performance activities.The culmination of your studies is a full-length recital program held during your senior year.

String performance offers an outstanding foundation for graduate school. It can be studied as a single major or companion field of study for a double major. You can enhance your studies by adding a music emphasis to your major.

Special Degree Emphasis

Students can apply to participate in one of the Conservatory's emphasis programs. Music emphasis programs may be added to any Conservatory major to provide more intensive, focused and experiential study of a particular area of music. Emphasis such as those in chamber music, composition, conducting, jazz, music history, music theory, pedagogy (studio teaching) and sacred music provide superb opportunities for many students.

Master Classes

Master classes are an integral part of the education of every Conservatory student. Each year, BW brings to campus guest artists to interact with students. These include professional composers and performers.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Student success is a top priority. Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's Conservatory of Music programs.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. As an instrumental performance major, you’ll have numerous opportunities to demonstrate your musicianship:

  • Regular studio classes
  • Departmental recitals
  • Conservatory convocations
  • Guest master classes
  • BW concerts
  • BW opera and music theatre pit ensembles
  • Semester juries
  • Required degree recitals
  • Annual concerto competition

With more than 325 events a year, Baldwin Wallace's Conservatory of Music offers an impressive array of performance opportunities

At the faculty level, BW string musicians perform regularly as members of the Elysian Trio and Lyceum2, among others.

Impressive Performance Opportunities

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music has outstanding campus performance traditions and collaborations with regional and national organizations. A few examples include:

  • Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival
    The three-day campus event is the oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the country. It features lectures, BW performance groups, faculty members and renowned professional soloists and musicians. Baldwin Wallace students consider the unusual opportunity of participating, as colleagues, with world-class professionals a high point in their performing experience. The festival is evolving to include year-round events, such as Bach Haus, that explore Bach's influence on a broad spectrum of music.
  • FOCUS Festival of Contemporary Music
    The biennial festival features the music of a contemporary composer who visits Baldwin Wallace for a week-long residency. At the conclusion of the week's rehearsals and symposia, the composer's music is performed in a series of concerts, including large ensembles and chamber groups.
  • Art Song Festival
    BW Conservatory of Music is home to this week-long biennial event that brings international concert artists, singers and pianists to campus. The festival focuses on the unique relationship between singer and pianist in the performance of art song repertoire. It provides an opportunity to hear renowned artists in both recital and master classes.

Co-Curricular Activities

Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster career skills, leadership and teamwork.

One organization string performance majors can benefit from is the American String Teachers Association. It is open to any student interested in playing or teaching string instruments. Members participate in workshops and performances.

Learning Resources

At Baldwin Wallace, student learning experiences are enhanced by exceptional resources that include:

  • Riemenschneider Bach Institute
    The institute houses rare items related to J.S. Bach and his circle, as well as historical reference materials, scores and a collection of classic recordings. It has one of the nation's most impressive holdings of Baroque manuscripts and first editions. It attracts scholars from around the world.
  • Ferne Patterson Jones Memorial Music Library

    A valuable campus resource, the library offers 18,000 scores, 7,000 books, and more than 10,000 sound and video recordings. Online resources to which the library subscribes include over one million tracks of streaming audio and video. Help with research is available by appointment, on a walk-in basis or through email.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you'll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

BW String Performance Majors Find Success:

Meredith Hudock '16 is pursuing a degree in violin performance. She chose the BW Conservatory because of its unique willingness to accommodate a variety of musical styles, from classical to fiddling, rock, jazz and hip-hop. Various performance opportunities at BW have helped her quickly progress in her studies. Meredith is a native of Pittsburgh, Penn.

Sarah Cole '14 is pursuing an MA in violin performance at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff Wales, United Kingdom. While at BW, she enjoyed the close-knit and supportive environment of the Conservatory. Sarah is a native of Nashville, Tenn.

Amanda Stenroos '12 is pursuing an MM in violin performance at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Individualized attention and collaboration prepared her for graduate studies. Her large ensemble experience and passion for BW's Bach Festival inspired the creation of a Bach Festival at the University of Massachusetts. She is a native of Bath, Ohio.

Ashleigh Gordon '06 is viola faculty for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program and a violist for East Coast Contemporary Ensemble and Callithumpian Consort. She holds an MM in contemporary music from Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, and an MM in viola performance from the New England Conservatory.

FACULTY & STAFF

Julian Ross
Professor of Violin
Chair, Department of String Instruments
Member, The Elysian Trio
D.M.A., Rutgers University
M.M., Eastman School of Music
B.M., Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
jross@bw.edu

Barton Samuel Rotberg
Lecturer in Violin
D.M.A., Michigan State University
M.M., De Paul University
B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music
brotberg@bw.edu

Lembi Veskimets
Lecturer in Viola
M.M., B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
kveskime@bw.edu

Regina Mushabac
Professor of Cello
M.M., B.M., Indiana University
rmushaba@bw.edu

Jody Guinn
Lecturer in Harp
Founding member of the Salzedo Harp Duo
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
B.M., Colorado State University
cguinn@bw.edu

Jorge Amaral
Lecturer in Guitar
M.M., G.P.D., Peabody Conservatory
B.M., M.M., Santa Cecilia Conservatory, Rome
jamaral@bw.edu