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String Department

Welcome to the String page of the Belmont University School of Music. Our program offers a stylistically integrated approach to String education and our goal is to nurture the creative spirit within each of our students.

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Alumni Success

Celine DuTemple, (2015) Violin Performance, has accepted a position as a Strings Teaching Assistant at 2016 Interlochen Summer Camp. Celine is currently a graduate student in Performance/ Pedagogy at the Hartt School of Music, CT

Jessica Emery, (2015, classical violin) will be attending the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland. In the fall she will be attending Southern Methodist University for a Masters in Violin Performance.

Jake Handy (2015, music technology) will be directing the Nashville Cinematic Symphony. Inquiries for admission can be directed to nashvillecinematicsymphony@gmail.com

Julia Johnson, violin performance, Dec. 2013,  has  been awarded a University Fellowship from Ohio State University and will be attending OSU in the Fall.

Lyndsay Pruett, violin alumnus, is adjunct jazz violin instructor of University of North Carolina, Asheville, violin faculty at the Asheville Music Academy in Black Mountain, Principal 2nd of the Brevard Philharmonic, tours with a jazz band, is featured at festivals, and is regularly engaged to perform with a gypsy jazz trio at the Biltmore

Student Success

Victoria Smith, Violin Performance, Sophomore, has accepted a position as a  counselor at the 2016  Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan, where she also performs in the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra

Andrew Wehmueller, Senior, Music Performance, Violin,  has accepted a position as a teaching assistant for the String Orchestra at Centennial High School for Fall 2016.

Tim Hayes and Joshua Brock, violins, Brett Shocker, viola and 2016 Music Business graduate, Tim Kampen, cello,  performed "Orchestral Indie Rock" with Indie artist, Tom Breyfogle  on 91.3 live at noon on the summit in Akron/Canton OH and a show at the Auricle in Canton OH on June 24th . Joshua Brock ,  Commercial Violin Performance, will be attending Mountain Top Master Course in Elizabethtown, New York this summer, 2016.

Kori Caswell (2016, commercial bass) will be joining Michael and Jennifer McClain's band.

Betsey Karako,(2016), Violin Performance, will attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, where she has received a full tuition waiver as well as a stipend.  This summer, 2016, Betsey is serving as an Associate Staff Director in addition to playing in the  Blue Lake Festival Orchestra at  Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.


Jazz String Quartet performing Tracy Silverman's arrangement of Tombo in 7/4 (Kyle Pudenz and Timothy Hayes, violins, Jonathan Warren, viola and Timothy Kampen, cello)


Preparatory Programs

If you would like more information about our pre-college string instruction, contact Belmont Academy at 615-460-6346 or by email.  To view their website, visit Belmont Academy.

Belmont School of Music offers a string camp every summer.  Visit the String Crossings page.


Interested in learning more about the Belmont University School of Music String Department?
Contact: Elisabeth Small