Music Performance: Strings

Conservatory of Music

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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 brings 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.

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    Small classes, personalized attention and faculty mentoring are a key part of Baldwin Wallace's performance program. BW’s Conservatory of Music faculty are established professionals with real-world experience, impressive credentials and networking connections. The faculty-student ratio is 7:1.

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    BW’s Conservatory of Music is honored to be designated as an All-Steinway School, an elite classification that speaks to the quality of the student experience.

  • Photo of Boesel Musical Arts Center

    Striking Boesel Musical Arts Center is a four-building complex that houses 50 soundproofed practice rooms, instructional space, practice studios and impressive rehearsal halls that can accommodate the latest technologies for teaching and performance.

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    BW’s undergraduate-only Conservatory provides students with valuable opportunities to perform, compose, conduct, teach and manage. Alumni can be found at top graduate schools and employed with renowned organizations.

  • BW faculty who are members of the Cleveland Orchestra

    A partnership with members of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra brings some of the nation's leading orchestral musicians to campus to give master classes on the orchestral repertoire for string performance students. Pictured here are BW faculty who are members of the Cleveland Orchestra.


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


Baldwin Wallace has achieved the elite All-Steinway School designation for its Conservatory of Music. In 2015, BW joined a prestigious list of just 14 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.


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.


Innovation, excellence and outstanding hands-on learning and performance opportunities make the Baldwin Wallace 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.


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.


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 including chamber music and string pedagogy.


Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

String performance graduates can be found working for leading orchestras and other regional performing organizations and have pursued master's and doctoral degrees at some of the most prestigious schools.

Meredith HudockMeredith Hudock '16 is pursuing a master's in Scottish music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has won multiple medals in the U.S. national Scottish fiddling competition. From Pittsburgh, she chose the BW Conservatory because of its unique willingness to accommodate a variety of musical styles.

Sarah ColeSarah Cole '14 is pursuing a Master of Music at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff Wales, United Kingdom. Sarah has performed for a royal gala at Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales. She also has performed with members of the BBC Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera. She is from Nashville, Tenn.

Sam SinaiSamantha Sinai ‘12 is independent cello teacher and independent music therapist, board certified. She has played professionally in numerous orchestras, including the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island. She also composed, performed and co-produced a cello relaxation CD. Samantha is from Detroit. 

Amanda StenroosAmanda Stenroos '12 is Suzuki violin teacher at Northampton Community Music Center in Massachusetts. She holds an M.M. in violin performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her passion for BW's Bach Festival inspired the creation of a Bach festival at the University of Massachusetts. She is from Bath, Ohio.

Felicia RojasFelicia Rojas '10 is lead violin with the two-time Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. She earned a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at Texas Tech and has been a member of the Lubbock Symphony and the Plainview Symphony. She sings as a member of her family’s música criolla group “Los Rojas.”

Ashleigh GordonAshleigh Gordon '06 is viola faculty for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program. She holds an M.M. in viola performance from New England Conservatory and an M.M. in contemporary music from Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Germany.

Patrica SantosPatricia Santos '02 is a singing cellist who loves many kinds of music. She is a vocalist for The Whiskey Girls, Hudson Hank and Kotorino and has worked with artists such as La Strada, Martha Redbone and Carner and Gregor. From New York, she is on faculty at Rockland Conservatory of Music and Broadway Training Center in New York City.


Full-Time Faculty

Julian Ross
Chair, Instrumental Studies Department
Professor of Violin
D.M.A., Rutgers University

Octavio Más-Arocas
Associate Professor
Director, Orchestral Studies and Symphony Orchestra
M.F.A., Bard College

Regina Mushabac
Professor of Cello
M.M., Indiana University School of Music

Adjunct Faculty

Jorge Amaral
Lecturer in Guitar
M.M., Peabody Conservatory

Charles Carleton
Lecturer in Double Bass

Jody Guinn
Lecturer in Harp
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music

Barton Samuel Rotberg
Lecturer in Violin
D.M.A., Michigan State University

Lembi Veskimets
Lecturer in Viola
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music