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Violin and Cello


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Strings students in all degree programs receive:

  • weekly hour private lessons
  • weekly memory class
  • weekly piano ensemble and/or chamber music
  • accompanying experience


Nazareth offers string players a number of ensemble opportunities, both large and small.


String primaries majoring in Music Education assist in teaching as a freshman and/or sophomore at Trinity 

Montessori School, Young Women’s College Preparatory Charter School, and the International School of Music & Arts of Rochester.  Students who have taken string pedagogy courses may have the opportunity to teach in the Nazareth College Community Music Program.

In the sophomore or junior year, Nazareth string students move from assisting in group string instruction to becoming the primary teacher at these institutions.  String students are eligible to teach through the Nazareth College Community Music Program upon completion of ‘String Pedagogy I’.  All of these experiences take place in advance of student teaching allowing our students to mature as teachers with a strong base of teaching experiences to compliment their student teaching experience, as well as working closely with the string faculty in these settings.


In In addition to performing in the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra, Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, and Nazareth College Chamber Groups, string majors are afforded a multitude of performance opportunities on and off campus which may include the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, Virtuosi Scholarship Chamber Orchestra, Opus 2 Concertwerke (student run chamber orchestra), Women in Music Festival, George Eastman House Recital Series, Kunde Chorale Orchestra, Oratorio Society Orchestra and musical pit performances. All students in all majors receive a weekly one hour lesson for each semester of their enrollment.  Students may audition to present an Honors Recital every year.  All undergraduate music majors are allowed to compete annually in the ‘NCSO Annual Concerto.Aria Competition, where three winners are selected to perform with the orchestra in the ‘Annual Rising Stars Concert’.


The Nazareth College Student Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) is run solely by student members and overseen by New York ASTA President, Nancy Strelau.  The chapter organizes three benefit and outreach experiences each year and attends regional and national conferences.

All string music education students make their conducting debut with the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, during their junior year while completing a class in Orchestral Conducting.

String students are invited to conduct and/or perform with Opus 2 Concertwerke Chamber Orchestra during spring semester.

Strings students are invited to coach Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra string sectionals throughout the year.

String Faculty 

Nancy Pettersen Strelau, String Area Coordinator
Director of Orchestra, Composition, Conducting and String Pedagogy
Music Director/Conductor, Virtuosi Scholarship Chamber Orchestra, Greater Rochester Women’s
Philharmonic, President, New York State American String Teachers Association (NYASTA)
BM, Syracuse University; MM, University of Miami

David Hult, Applied Violin and Viola, Chamber Music Coach, Music History

Violist, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Concertmaster, Chautauqua Sym Orch; Concertmaster, Oratorio Society

BM, Eastman School of Music; MM, DMA Juilliard School 

Margaret Leenhouts, Applied Violin, String Methods, Chamber Music Coach

Member of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

BA, Yale University; MM, Mannes College of Music; DMA, Eastman School of Music

Tigran Vardanyan, Applied Violin, Chamber Music Coach
BM, New England Conservatory of Music; MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Violinist,  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, International Soloist

BM, Rice University, MM, Eastman School of Music

Mimi Hwang, Applied Cello

Cellist, Amenda Quartet; Co-Artistic Director Yellow Barn Music School

Sandra Halleran, Applied Cello, Cello Methods and Pedagogy 

Cellist, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra; Director of The Marini String Ensemble

Gaelen McCormick, Applied Double Bass

Double bassist, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Twenty21 Chamber Group

BM Eastman School of Music, MM Carnegie Mellon

Petar Kodzas, Applied Guitar

University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbiz; MM, Ithaca College; DMA Eastman School of Music 

Eric Carlin, Applied Guitar, Guitar Methods

BM, Mansfield State; MM, Eastman School of Music

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