String majors are provided with a wide array of performance opportunities and courses taught by a faculty of dedicated teachers and performers. The programs of study for string majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods.

We are fortunate to have had the American String Quartet in residence at Manhattan School of Music since 1984. The ensemble—whose members are violinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist Wolfram Koessel—gives a series of concerts and supervises a group of student chamber ensembles.

In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists.

Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.


General admission information

Audition procedures and repertoire

Violin Audition
Viola Audition
Cello Audition
Bass Audition


Nicholas Mann

Department Chair

Strings Faculty

Nicholas Mann  (Violin)
Daniel Avshalomov  (Viola)
Irene Breslaw  (Viola)
Laurie Carney  (Violin)
Timothy Cobb  (Bass)
Glenn Dicterow  (Violin)
Karen Dreyfus  (Viola)
Marion Feldman  (Cello, Cello Pedagogy)
David Geber  (Cello)
David Grossman  (Bass)
Koichiro Harada  (Violin)
Susan Jolles  (Harp)
Burton Kaplan  (Viola, Violin)
Lisa Kim  (Violin)
Wolfram Koessel  (Cello)
Patinka Kopec  (Viola, Violin, Violin/Viola)
Julia Lichten  (Cello)
Curtis Macomber  (Violin)
Isaac Malkin  (Violin, Viola)
Robert Mann  (Violin)
Albert Markov  (Violin)
Jeremy McCoy  (Bass)
Linda McKnight  (Bass, Bass Ensemble)
Philippe Muller  (Cello)
Orin O'Brien  (Bass)
Maria Radicheva  (Violin)
Samuel Rhodes  (Viola)
Robert Rinehart  (Viola)
Karen Ritscher  (Viola)
Lucie Robert  (Violin)
Sylvia Rosenberg  (Violin)
Fred Sherry  (Cello)
Laurie Smukler  (Violin)
Mark Steinberg  (Violin)
Alan Stepansky  (Cello)
Michael Tree  (Viola)
Peter Winograd  (Violin)
Frederick Zlotkin  (Cello)
Pinchas Zukerman  (Viola, Viola, Violin/Viola)