Master of Music in Orchestral Career Studies

Applying to the orchestral career studies program

    If interested in applying to the orchestral career studies program, please send a resume and recent CD or DVD of you playing to faculty member Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio. The recording should include a movement or two of solo Bach, a first movement from a Mozart Concerto (violinists) or a Haydn Concerto (cellists) or a standard concerto (violists) and another piece of your choice. Materials are due by Feb. 1. Only applicants with an undergraduate degree from a recognized school in the U.S. or abroad will be considered for this program.

    Send application materials to:
    Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Department of Music /0226
    Reno, Nevada 89557

    For questions or more information about the program, please contact Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio at (775) 772-6507.

    Degree requirements

    Orchestral career studies is for string players pursuing a career with a major symphony. Special emphasis is placed on training musicians for the rigorous audition process. Candidates are expected to submit an unedited audio or video recording of approximately 25 minutes.

    Since degree requirements and course offerings can change from year to year, consult the general course catalog for your appropriate school year's requirements and suggestions. If you would like more advice, please contact Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio for guidance.

    Graduate teaching assistantships

    Four graduate teaching assistantships of $16,500 each will be awarded each year of the two-year program to two violinists, one violist and a cellist. The four graduate assistants form the University of Nevada, Reno's resident quartet, the Nightingale String Quartet, which gives public performances on campus, in public schools and throughout Nevada. These assistantships also include reduction of the graduate fees per semester credit and a non-residency fee waiver for out-of-state or foreign students.

    Two-year program positions

    • 2 Violins
    • 1 Viola
    • 1 Cello

    Individual string players and pre-formed string quartets are encouraged to apply as early as possible for first consideration.

    Additional scholarship assistance

    String scholarship assistance is also available for other qualified orchestra students who do not receive a graduate teaching assistantship.

    History of the orchestral career studies program at University of Nevada, Reno

    The Orchestral career studies program was created in 1999 by the former Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra , Phillip Ruder. This special, two-year graduate program for violinists, violists and cellists culminates with a Master of Music degree and is designed to train young string players for successful careers in American symphony orchestras. Special emphasis is placed on training musicians for the rigorous audition process necessary to win an orchestra job.

    In 2007, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony (1994-2007) and assistant principal second of The Cleveland Orchestra (1985-1992) was appointed director of the orchestra career studies program and is currently a professor of violin and viola and member of the Argenta Trio at the University of Nevada, Reno.

    Orchestra faculty

    Dmitri Atapine
    Dmitri Atapine, DMA
    Chair, Department of Music; Professor of Music (Cello)
    (775) 682-9034
    CFA 132
    Joey Berger
    Joey Berger
    Instructor of Guitar
    CFA 124
    Dustin Budish
    Dustin Budish, MM
    Instructor of Viola
    Ed Corey
    Ed Corey, MA
    Lecturer of Guitar
    (775) 682-9088
    CFA 124
    Luciana Gallo
    Luciana Gallo, DMA
    Instructor of Cello
    CFA 133
    Hans Halt
    Hans Halt, MM
    Lecturer of String Bass
    (775) 682-9032
    CFA 129
    Marina Roznitovsky Oster
    Marina Roznitovsky Oster, MM
    Instructor of Harp
    (775) 682-8971
    CFA 125
    Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
    Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, MM
    Professor of Music and Violin/Viola; Director of Orchestra Career Studies Program
    (775) 682-9024
    CFA 127
    Rose Sciaroni
    Rose Sciaroni, DME
    Instructor of String Methods