Strings students in all degree programs receive:

  • weekly one-hour private lessons
  • weekly memory class
  • weekly piano ensemble and/or chamber music
  • accompanying experience


  • Ensemble options, both large and small, at Nazareth
  • Teaching opportunities in Rochester-area schools and Nazareth's Community Music Program
  • Numerous performance opportunities on and off campus
  • Gain leadership experience in various coaching, conducting, and performance roles
Performance Opportunities
Teaching Opportunities
Leadership Roles

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    Ergonomics: As the skeletons "hold" a violin, bass, cello, and viola, string pedagogy class students see how bones, muscles, and tendons align. This fun and injury-preventing lesson in music-playing ergonomics was by Music Prof. Nancy Strelau and Brianne Oricchio — who is both the Nazareth Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and a fifth-year Nazareth physical therapy doctoral student — in Nazareth's physical therapy lab.

    String Students Travel

    String students will be traveling to Nassau, Bahamas in Oct. 2018 to accompany the National Youth Choir of the Bahamas, performing the Cantata I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes by Aldophus Hailstork, and a couple of pieces by my late colleague and former student, Cleophas Adderley.

    Tyler Nadrich, violin (soph) MED
    Alicja Cygan, violin (soph) OT
    Heather Gilleran, viola (soph) MED
    Sara Truncali, violin (soph) MTR
    Jessica Geisler, violin (frosh) MED
    Jessica Kromer, viola (junior) MED
    Mackenzie Dupra, cello (frosh) MED
    Jacob Bloom, cello (frosh) MUSBUS