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Strings and Harp

The Drake Department of Music concentrates on providing a superior undergraduate education. You'll study with teachers who are regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized as artists/teachers.

Studio string faculty include:

  • Akira Mori, Associate Professor, Director of Orchestral Studies
  • Dr. Ashley Sandor Sidon, Associate Professor, The Briggs Endowed Professor of Cello
  • Maureen Yuen, Assistant Professor of Violin
  • Stephanie Graham, Teaching Artist, Double Bass
  • Joyce Beyer, Teaching Artist, Violin & Viola
  • David Crabbs, Teaching Artist, Guitar

Audition Guidelines


  1. Any two-octave scale and arpeggio in any bowing combination 
  2. A movement of a classical or romantic work from the standard repertoire 
  3. An etude of your choice 


  1. I-IV-V7-I chord progressions in major: C, D, E, F, G, A, as well as relative minor.
  2. Two octave scale and arpeggio from the Giuliani 120 daily
  3. An etude such as Aguado, Carcassi, Sor, or Giuliani
  4. A movement from a concerto or representative work of Tarrega 


All prospective students desiring to audition in harp are required to perform an audition of two harp solos, contrasting in style, and two orchestral excerpts of the auditionee's choice.

Violin and Viola: 

  1. Two contrasting repertoire movements/selections (they should differ in tempo and historical period)
  2. One etude, such as Mazas, Fiorillo, Rode, Kreutzer, etc.
  3. Major, melodic and harmonic minor scales and major and minor arpeggios (2 or 3 octaves - your choice):
       choose 2 keys, one from List A and one from List B
       List A:  G, A, B-flat, B, C, D
       List B:  A-flat, D-flat, E-flat, E, F, F#


  1. A movement of solo Bach
  2. A movement of a classical or romantic work from the standard repertoire.
  3. An etude of your choice

To audition as a strings music minor or non-major participant:

  1. Two contrasting pieces

Admission and Scholarships:

The music department offers attractive scholarship packages for all talented students interested in a music major or minor; there are some scholarships available for non-majors who want to participate in the ensemble programs. In order to qualify both for admission to the Department of Music and for a music scholarship, prospective students must audition by March 1.

String and Harp majors may choose from among the following degree programs:

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