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MA Classical String Performance

Master of Arts in Classical String Performance in association with Irish World Academy of Music and Dance  and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

This 2-year MA in Classical String Performance at the University of Limerick is a unique two-year full-time programme offering advanced tuition in violin, viola, cello and double bass with a specific focus on Chamber Music. Students receive weekly 90 minute individual lessons, regular technique classes, weekly chamber music classes and orchestral excerpts and sight reading sessions.


What makes the the programme unique is its close interaction with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO).  The ICO is renowned all over the world for its approach to chamber music-making and this lies at the heart of this MA programme. There is a strong focus on the importance of practical experience, professionalism and the joy of music making.  The programme is led by members of the ICO and features opportunities to perform with the orchestra, as well as playing in chamber ensembles alongside members of the ICO.

In addition, there are regular masterclasses and workshops by internationally acclaimed visiting directors, soloists, and guests of the ICO, as well as a chance to join and interact with the global gathering of musicians, dancers, and scholars operating at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.


There is a strong focus on developing all round musicianship, through regular Dalcroze, improvisation and rhythm and aural training workshops. There are workshops on performance technique, overcoming performance anxiety, developing efficient practicing skills and much more. We also offer pedagogy classes because we believe learning how to be a good teacher is important in developing your own reflective practice.  With a view to developing a rounded musician, students are offered electives each semester. All students choose electives of their choice including;

  • Traditional Irish Music/Dance
  • Gamelan ensemble
  • Vocal /Instrumental improvisation
  • Aerial Dance
  • Somatic movement, eg. pilates/yoga
  • Contemporary dance
  • Song writing
  • Jazz
  • Teaching experience as part of the ICO Sistema project 


MACSP students also gain automatic acceptance onto the Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy Project – an exciting collaboration project involving international students from around the world and members of the ICO. Click here for more information.


A string quartet bursary has recently been unveiled for a quartet wanting to give their ensemble the strongest conceivable start to professional life. The quartet will have access to coaching from the top chamber musicians in the country as well as ICO directors and guests including Gábor Tákacs-Nagy (Tákacs quartet founding member), Tabea Zimmerman and Jörg Widmann. In addition the ensemble would receive individual lessons, performance practice forums along with opportunities to perform.


For classical players with an interest in traditional Irish music, the course offers unrivalled opportunities – the Irish World Academy Of Music and Dance is the centre of traditional music studies in Ireland. Electives are tailored to allow musicians on the MA in Classical String Performance to develop their performance practice alongside some of trad’s greatest virtuosi.

To apply, please send:

  • a current CV
  • a cover letter telling us a little about yourself and why you are interested in this MA programme
  • a recent video recording, for example, a first movement of Mozart or other classical concerto (Mobile and tablet recordings are acceptable as long as the audio and visuals are clear and of a good quality.)
Closing date: 01 Dec 2018
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