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Student David Mixer performing on violin in the DUCViolin section during a University Symphony Ochestra performanceStudent Heather Walkover performing on cello in a University Symphony Orchestra concert
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Jessica Siena
Director of Conservatory Admissions
Faye Spanos Concert Hall, 3rd Floor
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Featuring a first-rate faculty, strong chamber music and orchestral programs, and frequent performance opportunities, the string program at the Conservatory of the University of the Pacific is committed to preparing students for a successful career in music.

Private lessons

Student-centered learning is a vital characteristic of the string program. By recognizing that every student is unique and requires an individualized approach, each applied faculty member adapts his or her teaching methods to meet the student's needs. In addition, the applied faculty members have a holistic approach to teaching, helping their students develop both technically and musically.  Through weekly private lessons, students develop invaluable problem-solving skills that enable them to identify and subsequently solve problem areas in their playing.


As members of the University of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, all string students perform orchestral repertoire ranging in style from Classical and Romantic master works to exciting world premieres.

String performance majors and other interested string players cultivate their collaborative skills through participation in the chamber music program.   During their time at Pacific, these students play in a wide variety of ensembles, allowing them to learn the intricacies of working with pianists, winds, brass, and other string players.

Performance program

Students in the performance program are held to the highest level of achievement on their instruments. The program offers juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to receive two hours of private instruction per week, as opposed to only one hour per week, which is the custom at most institutions.  This extra hour is vital to preparing the students for their degree recitals and graduate school auditions.  During their freshman and sophomore years, performance majors receive one hour of private lessons per week.

Other majors

Many students are studying music education, music therapy, music management, or composition with a string instrument as their primary instrument.  Based on the students' goals and abilities, the applied teachers tailor the private instruction to provide the students with the skills that will be most helpful as they continue their careers beyond Pacific.

Double Majors

Many students love performing but are interested in another area as well, such as music education, therapy, management, composition, or other academic subject. Many Pacific students choose to double major, thereby fulfilling their desire to study both.  Many double majors require at least an extra year of study.


Students gain fundamental performance experience through Conservatory-wide solo classes, regular orchestra concerts, chamber music performances, and degree recitals (performance and education majors).  Faculty members and the Trio 180 inspire the students by performing recitals regularly.

Music Performance, Strings, Faculty

Ann Miller
Associate Professor of Violin, Program Director for Strings

Igor Veligan
Assistant Professor of Practice in Viola and Violin 

Vicky Wang
Assistant Professor of Practice in Cello

Thomas Derthick
Assistant Professor of Practice in Double Bass and Chamber Music

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, String, 4-year grid