A close up of a student playing the bass (strings)

The School of Music provides a strong program for string instrumentalists of all majors. Loyola string majors are consistently and quickly placed in university programs throughout the country.

Performance majors will find that the College of Music and Media offers a unique orchestral experience, a nurturing, professional environment, personal attention, challenging curricula and ample performance opportunities.

Even string players who are not music majors can enjoy a number of rich musical experiences at Loyola University.


  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • String Bass

Degree Programs

String players at Loyola can choose from a wide range of majors, including music performance, music industry, music education, music with elective studies, and music therapy.

Learn more about degree programs for string players.

Audition Requirements

Learn more about audition requirements for string players.


Strings students at Loyola University are able to take advantage of a wide range of performance opportunities. Examples include:

  • A weekly string masterclass
  • An informal group forum on performance issues
  • Chamber music concerts
  • Two vibrant orchestras.
  • A Loyola Reading Orchestra
  • The Loyola Strings 
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • The Loyola Presents Series brings world-renowned artists to Loyola throughout the academic year for concerts and masterclasses that are free to Loyola College of Music and Media students.

Learn more about Loyola Orchestra ensembles.


Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Director of the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, Extraordinary Professor

Jean Montes
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras

Paul Macres
Instructor of Bass

Bruce Owen
Adjunct Professor of Viola

Amy Thiaville
 Professor of Practice-Violin

For more information please contact Amy Thiaville, Coordinator of Strings