Nightingale String Quartet

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, director

three students playing cello

The Nightingale String Quartet is the University's resident Orchestral Career Studies graduate student quartet. Each year, four graduate teaching assistantships of $14,000 are awarded to graduate students for this two-year program: two violinists, a violist and a cellist. These students make up the Nightingale String Quartet, which gives public performances on campus, in Nightingale Concert Hall, 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.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.The orchestral career studies 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.
  • Students receive coaching 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.

Applying to the Orchestral Career Studies Program

If interested in applying, please send a resume and recent CD or DVD of your playing to Ms. Sant'Ambrogio at the address below. 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 February 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 89557For questions or more information about the program, please contact Ms. Sant'Ambrogio at (775) 682-9024.

For more information on the Master of Music in Orchestral Career Studies Program.

Faculty for Strings