Oklahoma State University String Academy
￼The String Academy at OSU has several different programs that are for students at the pre-collegiate level. Prospective students should contact me for more information.
Head Start Strings
The Head Start Program is designed for students, ages 4-8 that are interested in learning to play the violin or cello. Each student will receive one weekly private and group lesson. The program offers a blend of some of the best-known pedagogical approaches to string playing including the work of Shinichi Suzuki and Mimi Zweig.
Head Start Directors
Laura Talbott, Associate Professor of Violin/Viola, OSU
Meredith Blecha, Assistant Professor of Cello, OSU
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OSUSA students rehearse and perform in a chamber orchestra, conducted by Douglas Droste. The ensemble rehearses weekly, and perform repertoire from the late Baroque to the present day. At least one concert is presented each semester.
Chamber Music Program
OSUSA students can elect to participate in the Academy’s Chamber Music Program. String chamber music includes some of the most inspiring music ever written. This program provides students the opportunity to explore this repertoire, as they rehearse and perform as members of small ensembles such as string quartets and string trios. Ensembles will meet weekly either immediately before or after the OSUSA Chamber Orchestra rehearsal. Throughout the semester, guest artists visiting OSU will offer master classes for the student ensembles in addition to their weekly coaching. The semester will culminate in a performance in the Seretean Center Concert Hall at OSU.
OSUSA students can elect to take music theory classes with Dr. Igor Karaca, OSU Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition. This course will meet weekly and incorporate basic music fundamentals often taught in the first semester of college music theory.