Masterclass with Yo-Yo Ma, cellist Katrina Agate, and pianist/UCSB faculty member Dr. Natasha Kislenko (photo courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures, April 2019)
Please see below for more information on the UC Santa Barbara Strings Program and the Young Artists String Quartet, the department's graduate scholarship string quartet.
Visit the Undergraduate or Graduate admissions pages for application information.
The UC Santa Barbara Strings Program offers a full and balanced curriculum, a dedicated and internationally-recognized faculty, and a superior learning experience for students interested in string study. The Department of Music requires participation in the Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre, and Chamber Music Program for degree candidates, and also offers opportunities for other ensemble experience through the Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM).
Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an emphasis in Music Studies
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Learn more about the BA with an emphasis in Music Studies and the Bachelor of Music degrees in the Music Department, Undergraduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog. Information on applying to the undergraduate program can be found here.
Master of Music (MM)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Combined Master of Music/Doctor of Musical Arts (MM/DMA)
Undergraduate Honors String Quartet
The Undergraduate Honors String Quartet is an ensemble whose members comprise a select group of the most outstanding undergraduate string players. Membership is by audition and approval of the String Faculty and Chamber Music Coordinator. Quartet members often receive a stipend based on availability of funding on a yearly basis. To learn more about the Undergraduate Honors String Quartet, please click here.
Young Artists String Quartet and Piano Quartet Graduate Program
In addition, the program has a scholarship ensemble, the Young Artists String Quartet, which performs on campus and throughout Southern California. There is also a variety of opportunities for students to perform in several professional ensembles in the Santa Barbara community. To learn more about the Young Artists String Quartet, please click here. To learn more about the Young Artists Piano Quartet, please click here.