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String Area

Exciting things are happening in the area of string studies at Texas Tech University. A distinguished and experienced faculty of artist-teachers has been assembled, each of whom is committed to the highest professional standards in solo and chamber performance, education, and orchestral studies.


String performance studies at the School of Music emphasize preparation for careers in professional orchestra, chamber music, and solo engagements. Students from across Texas, the United States, and abroad choose Texas Tech for the artistic and pedagogical strength of its faculty as well as its performance opportunities.

Faculty Quartet

Annie Chalex Boyle John Gilbert Renee Skerik Jeffrey Lastrapes, Viola
Annie Chalex Boyle, Violin John Gilbert, Violin Kimberly Sparr, Viola Jeffrey Lastrapes, Cello


Double Bass

Mark Morton, Associate Professor of Double Bass

For Fall 2013, the double bass studio at Texas Tech University School of Music has 11 bass students, made up of: 3 graduate students (the Teaching Assistant is from Chile!), 7 undergraduate bass majors and one non music major. Each bass student gets a one hour private lesson every week with Dr. Morton, and a bass studio class that gives every student the opportunity to hone their performance skills in a “safe” environment. All deserving string players have the opportunity to perform in the String Area Honors Recitals held several times a semester. Additionally, every bass student may register for Dr. Morton’s Double Bass Orchestral Excerpts class, that includes regular mock auditions to help prepare students for the rigors of a professional orchestral auditions. Three of the current bass studio students are members of the Lubbock Symphony orchestra, gaining valuable professional orchestral experience with Dr. Morton at the helm as principal bass. Bass majors are welcomed and encouraged to participate in chamber music for credit in the School of Music at Texas Tech University.


Music education and training of string teachers is a traditional strength of the School of Music. One of only 23 institutions nationwide with full-time string education faculty and programs, Texas Tech has many highly successful string educators currently teaching in public and private schools. At the center of the string education program is the Texas Tech String Project. More information about this exciting program can be found here.

Strings Faculty

Name Area
Gail Barber Harp
Annie Chalex Boyle Violin
David Brandon Guitar
John Haspel Gilbert Violin
Jeffrey Lastrapes Cello
KimberlySparr Viola
Mark Morton Bass
Bruce Wood String Music Education