Eastern Michigan University
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EMU String Professors:

Nelson Amos, guitar
Deborah Pae, cello
Daniel Foster, violin
Ruth Myers-Brown, harp
Derek Weller, double bass
Diane L. Winder, cello


Why study a string instrument at EMU?

At Eastern, we value personal musical growth and individual artistic expression. The EMU string faculty are knowledgeable professors who, with their wealth of experience, will guide you on your path to musical excellence.

EMU Strings offers:

  • Weekly one hour lessons for all majors, tailored to be major-specific
  • Weekly studio class for each instrument
  • Comprehensive and varied orchestral training and performance with EMU Symphony Orchestra:
    • major orchestral literature
    • ballet
    • opera scenes
    • performances with chorus
    • unique Halloween Concert
    • annual school-wide concerto competition
    • orchestral staff positions
    • orchestral Graduate Assistant position
  • Weekly school-wide student recitals in Alexander Recital Hall
  • Coached chamber music: strings only, strings with other instruments
  • Contemporary music via our biennial Music Now Fest, with a leading American composer in residence
  • Support for improvisation study, including jazz, Baroque improvisation, and alternative styles
  • Opportunity to perform optional solo recitals, beyond the required degree recitals
  • Guest artist performances and masterclasses
  • School participation in monthly noon outreach recitals at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
  • School participation in showcase recitals at neighboring Washtenaw Community College
  • Highly active EMU Student Chapter of American String Teachers Association
  • Annual hosting of PhoenixPhest (chamber music, teacher training) in May and August 
  • Biennial CelloFest
  • Several string-specific scholarships available 

More about our string faculty:

  • Take pride in supporting each individual student, both musically and personally
  • Active national and international level performers, teachers, and coaches
  • Expertise in: addressing performance anxiety, music-related body wellness issues, and historical performance practice

The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources