A distinguished and experienced faculty of string artist-teachers has been assembled at Texas Tech, each of whom is committed to the highest professional standards in solo and chamber performance, education, and orchestral studies. Each of the string performance faculty have performed as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral players in prestigious concert halls worldwide, and have maintained studios and held masterclasses in institutions and music festivals all over the world. Each are critically acclaimed in live performance as well in CD recordings and media broadcasts. TTU string faculty hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from venerable institutions such as The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, The Eastman School of Music, and the Yale University School of Music.
String performance studies at the School of Music emphasize preparation for careers in professional orchestra, chamber music, and solo engagements. Students choose Texas Tech for the artistic and pedagogical strength of its faculty as well as its performance opportunities within the University. In addition to the University Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Bravura, and the TTU String Orchestra, the string area at Texas Tech maintains a thriving chamber music program comprised primarily of quartets, quintets and trios, as well as chamber music with piano and other mixed ensembles. Texas Tech University string students enjoy the many guest artists that travel to Texas Tech, to perform and offer masterclasses, giving students exposure to some of the brightest pedagogues on the scene today. String students at Texas Tech have come from Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Chile, Brazil, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Germany, and all across Texas and the United States.
The Texas Panhandle is a surprisingly vibrant musical region, most notably offering opportunities to perform with a number of West Texas professional orchestras. Lubbock and environs offer other creative outlets for innovative music making as well.
Many students of Texas Tech string faculty are solo and chamber music competition winners, and TTU alumni perform in major orchestras, hold university positions, and are public school educators, throughout the US and abroad.