Strings Performance

Strings Performance Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
Dr. Nancy E. Bargerstock
Professor of Violin
Room 313, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6457
Jacquelyn Bartlett
Adjunct Instructor of Harp
Room 454, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-3020
Dr. Adam Booker
Assistant Professor of Double Bass
Room 303, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-4982
Dr. Eric Koontz
Associate Professor of Viola and Violin
String Area Coordinator
Room 312, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6464
Dr. Ellie H. Wee
Assistant Professor of Cello
Room 314, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-7501

Mission Statement

The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.

Admissions Information

General Admission Requirements

Opportunities Once Admitted:

Graduate students could be offered principal positions in the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and solo and chamber performances representing the School of Music throughout the state and region.  Assisting of studio professor in applied teaching duties may be assigned. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for employment in the Community Music School and to audition for one of the eight regional orchestras.

Audition Requirements:

An applicant for the Master of Music degree in Bowed String Performance is expected to know all major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves (two octaves for bassists). The applicant will perform two contrasting movements of unaccompanied J. S. Bach, a first movement of a standard concerto, and a third composition of the applicant's choice. At least one selection should be memorized. The audition performance should demonstrate diversity of styles, mastery of technical challenges, and musical communication. For harp auditions, see below.

The priority deadline for personal audition for those interested in securing an assistantship is March 1. Auditions will be accepted after this date if spaces are still available.

To schedule an audition please contact the studio professor. (The audition does not necessarily need to be on the dates advertised for the undergraduate auditions.)

To find out about harp audition requirements and to schedule an audition, please contact Jacquelyn Bartlett

Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8)
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)

Performance Concentration (Codes: Violin, 558U; Viola, 558T; Cello, 558C; String Bass, 558O; Harp 558H)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32

  • MUS 5039: Advanced Orchestral Repetoire for Bowed Instruments (1) (Bowed String Majors only; Spring, Odd-numbered years
  • 2 s.h. of music electives for bowed strings chosen in consultation with an advisor
  • 3 s.h. of music electives for harp chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings

Courses offered each Fall Semester:

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)

Recital Requirements

  • The recital will consist of approximately sixty minutes of music.
  • Bowed string works should be chosen from each of the following periods: Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern Era. Harp repertoire will be determined by the harp faculty. 
  • The difficulty of the literature performed will be equal to or greater than the works presented at the entrance audition. At least one work must be memorized. 
  • A jury recital will be performed for the appropriate string faculty at least two weeks prior to the recital date.

Assistantships and Scholarships

View general Assistantship and Scholarship information

String Assistantships

The String program assistantship entails involvement in the Mariam Cannon Hayes Graduate String Quartet.

 Hayes String Quartet Form