Strings

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:

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Pictured: Violinist Vivian Cantera

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).

String sessional staff

Strings Megaday 

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.

Education and Outreach – MSO Pizzicato Effect
Monash University has a relationship with the Pizzicato Effect – the flagship education and outreach project of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Located at Meadows Primary School in Broadmeadows, the programme offers instrumental tuition, composition, bucket band and singing. Based on the Venezuelan Social Music programme, “El Sistema”, the Pizzicato Effect works towards inspiring enhanced social, emotional and educational engagement through musical accomplishments.
Each year in the post-exam period, students from Monash volunteer at the project. They act as mentors and teaching assistants for six rehearsals over three weeks leading up to the spectacular end of year concert, where students perform side by side with musicians from the MSO. 
In 2016, the inaugural Monash-MSO composition competition was launched where all 3rd year composition students from Monash wrote a piece for the children at the Pizzicato Effect, incorporating a junior orchestral part with a professional part to be performed by MSO musicians and Monash students. Two of these pieces are selected to be played at the end of year concert.
Scholarships and Enrolment

A variety of scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate string students including the Vice-Chancellor’s Concertmaster Scholarship.

View enrolment and audition information