Coordinator of Strings: Elizabeth Sellars
The Monash String Program offers a vibrant and progressive approach to learning that promotes excellence in solo performance and ensemble playing. A tailored curriculum emphasises the development of strong technical foundations, providing the basis from which students can develop and express musical ideas freely with confidence and fluidity. During their studies, Monash string students experience a wide range of opportunities including:
- One to one lessons
- Performance workshops
- Chamber music
- Orchestral excerpts training
- Historically-informed performance training
- Guitar studies
- Guitar Ensemble
- Monash University String Sinfonia
- Monash Academy Orchestra
Teachers of the highest calibre work with students to fully realise their potential and to become leading professionals in their field. Ongoing engagement with the international musical community provides students with access to eminent artists such as Pieter Wispelway (Holland), Tim Fain (USA), Amadeus Leopold (USA), Mimi Zweig (USA), Simon Fischer (UK), Ning Kam (Singapore), Benjamin Whitcomb (USA), Paul Dyer (AUS), Nemanja Radulovic (Serbia), Elizabeth Wallfisch (AUS/UK), Quinton Morris (USA), Timo-Veikko Valve (AUS/Sweden), Eugene Friesen (USA) and Asmira Woodward-Page (AUS/USA).
Monash hosts a Strings Megaday in the lead up to the annual AYO auditions. All students are encouraged to apply for AYO, and the Megaday features masterclasses on excerpt preparation as well as mock auditions.
Viola at Monash
In keeping with the greatest European traditions, all violin students at Monash take part in a Viola Programme during semesters 3 and 4 of the BMus degree. Students have a weekly viola class as well as several private lessons throughout the year. They undertake one orchestral programme on viola, and also perform chamber music as part of the Monash Viola Ensemble. Instruments can be provided for those who do not yet have their own viola.