Nightingale String Quartet
Orchestral Career Studies
The Nightingale String Quartet is UNR's resident Orchestral Career Studies (OCS) graduate student quartet. Each year, four Graduate Teaching Assistantships of $14,000 each are to be awarded for the two-year program to two violinists, a violist and a cellist. These privileged students form the Nightingale String Quartet, which gives public performances on campus, in the 615-seat Nightingale Concert Hall, in public schools, and throughout Nevada.
The OCS graduate program includes the following:
- Students receive weekly private lessons and perform two graduate solo recitals.
- Students attend a weekly orchestra excerpt class which includes several "mock" auditions per semester.
- Students receive weekly quartet coaching and perform four quartet recitals during the two years.
- Students receive couching from invited guest artists.
- Students are guaranteed principal positions in the University Symphony Orchestra.
- Students will also find opportunities to perform with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, thus offering additional professional experience as well as additional income.
- Students in the Program are required to teach privately and to assist the department in a minimal number of graduate assistantship responsibilities.
Audition and Admission Information
Two Year Program Positions
About the Director
Praised as an “expressive and passionate chamber musician” by the San Antonio Express-News, and described as a “violinist who most often takes your breath away” by Gramophone Magazine, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.