Strings Program

Chamber Orchestra cello section
UCSB Chamber Orchestra (photo by Eric Isaacs)
The 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).

Degrees Offered


Jennifer Kloetzel | Assistant Professor, Cello (Area Head, Strings Program)
Neil Garber | Lecturer, Bass


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.