Texas Tech University


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


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.

Texas Tech String Project

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
Annie Chalex Boyle Violin
David Brandon Guitar
John Haspel Gilbert Violin
Jeffrey Lastrapes Cello
Kimberly Sparr Viola
Mark Morton Bass
Blair Williams

String Music Education,
String Project