String Studies

The School of Music, housed in Duerksen Fine Arts Center, has developed programs in music education, music performance, pedagogy, history/literature, conducting, and theory/composition which are significant in size and quality and are highly acclaimed throughout the nation. In part, this is due to Wichita State's urban setting, affording cultural diversity with excellent opportunities for faculty and students

String musicians may pursue any of the following degree programs: Bachelor of Music Education, which prepares students to teach in the public schools; Bachelor of Music, which prepares students for a professional playing and/or private teaching career; or Bachelor of Arts in Music, with its emphasis on liberal arts courses. All of these programs focus on performance and musical development and include the general education components of university studies. In addition to the regular courses, the string faculty also offers specialized classes, including String Pedagogy, Managing Performance Stress, and Jazz Improvisation for Strings.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships ranging from $4,000 - $10,000 in orchestra and chamber music are available. The assistantships also include out-of-state tuition waivers. 

Graduate Assistantship Information

Performance Opportunities

Both individual performance skills and ensemble experience are central to the string program at Wichita State University. The School of Music offers an excellent variety of performance opportunities to all string players through the University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and string chamber ensembles.

Because of the close relationship between the University and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, music students are not only able to hear world-class artists perform throughout the year, but are often given the opportunity to meet and play for them in masterclass situations. Recent visiting artists include Parry Karp, Jennifer Koh, the Vermeer String Quartet, the Guarneri String Quartet, and the Pro Arte String Quartet.

Qualified string majors at Wichita State also have the opportunity to audition for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a fully professional ROPA orchestra with a full eight month season, as vacancies occur.

String Faculty

Faculty members in the School of Music are artist-teachers who have significant teaching and professional playing experience. Each full time string and orchestra faculty member is a nationally recognized musician in their own right and frequently appear as guest artists, guest conductors, and clinicians throughout Kansas and the United States. Their successful careers span all facets of the professional world.

The string faculty are principals of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, as well as members of faculty ensembles and other ensembles of national repute. The Fairmount String Quartet, in residence at WSU, presents two season concerts on the campus each year. In addition, they frequently present concerts and clinics at other universities and communities throughout the nation. The string faculty at Wichita State are committed to each individual student and are interested in personal music development.

Catherine Consiglio, Associate Professor, Viola, Chamber Music, Managing Performance Stress
Tracy Hoover, Applied Instructor, Viola da Gamba
Mark Foley, Associate Professor, Double Bass, Electric Bass
David Brody, Applied Instructor, Classical Guitar
William Flynn, Assistant Professor, Guitar
Betul Soykan, Assistant Professor, Violin
Leonid Shukaev, Assistant Professor, Cello
Evgeny Zvonnikov, Instructor, Violin
Mark Laycock, Associate Professor, Director of Orchestras, Conducting


Admission and Auditions

At Wichita State, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to audition for admittance into the School of Music. All Kansas high school graduates are eligible to apply for admission into the string programs. Applicants must have adequate performance backgrounds. The audition will decide placement within the slected program. Transfer students must satisfy music performance and academic expectations at the time of transfer.

Recommended Repertoire for WSU Scholarship Auditions

Violin Undergraduate Entrance Audition requirements:
1. One three octave major and one three octave minor scale demonstrating legato slurs and spiccato
2. One movement of a standard concerto or concert piece
3. One movement of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita, or a movement of a Baroque Sonata
Violin Graduate Audition requirements:
1. One movement from a major concerto
2. One complete unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
3. One additional contrasting piece of repertoire


Viola Undergraduate Entrance Audition requirements:
1. One three octave major and one three octave minor scale demonstrating legato slurs and spiccato
2. A Prelude and one dance movement from J.S. Bach Suites
3. One movement from a standard concerto such as Telemann, Handel, J.C. Bach, Stamitz or Hoffmeister
Viola Graduate Audition requirements:
1. A complete Bach Suite
2. One movement from a concerto such as Bartok, Walton, Der Schwanendreher, Stamitz, or Hoffmeister
3. One additional contrasting piece of repertoire

Cello Undergraduate Entrance Audition requirements:
1. One three octave major and one three octave minor scale demonstrating legato slurs and spiccato
2. Prelude and one dance movement from J.S.Bach Cello Suites
3. One additional contrasting piece of repertoire
4. Duport Etude #7 AND Popper Etude # 6
Cello Graduate Audition requirements:
1. One movement of a classical, romantic or 20th century concerto for cello and orchestra.
2. One movement of a classical, romantic or 20th century sonata for cello and piano.
3. One 20th century or contemporary piece for cello solo
4. Complete suite for cello solo by J.S. Bach


Double Bass Undergraduate Entrance Audition requirements:
1. One major and one minor 2-octave scale
2. Two contrasting movements from the basic double bass sonata, concerto and concert piece repertoire such as works by Vivaldi, Capuzzi, Dragonetti, Corelli, Eccles, Bottesini, etc.
Double Bass Graduate Entrance Audition requirements:
1. Two movements from J.S. Bach Cello Suites
2. A movement from a major double bass concerto or concert piece by Koussevitsky, Dittersdorf, Bottesini, Rota, etc., or a major sonata by Hindemith, Micek, etc.

Related Opportunities

There are many work-related opportunities in the greater Wichita area for students to earn extra income. Due to the excellent public school string programs there is always a need for private string teachers. In addition, there are also threeexcellent Youth Orchestras, sponsored by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, that students may become involved with. Part-time positions are available for teaching, for performance in churches, and providing music for weddings and community events. Music majors are also encouraged to participate in organizations such as collegiate chapters of Music Educators National Conference, the American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra, as well as several professional music societies.