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

This unique 2 year Masters course focuses on the needs of the individual student, and is aimed at gifted string players as the final step towards a professional career. Refining solo, chamber music, orchestral skills and audition preparation whilst developing a greater awareness of the importance of the body, creativity and all-round musicianship, students are encouraged to explore their own ‘personal path’ towards realising their full musical potential.

The programme is led by members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) who rehearse, tutor and perform with the students. Students receive weekly 90-minute individual lessons including technique, orchestral excerpt and performance skills classes, combined with weekly intensive chamber music, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, creative embodied performance development, improvisation, new music and baroque, and other real life requirements.

Students are given opportunities to perform in chamber ensembles with members of the ICO, and automatically qualify for a place on the twice yearly Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy project. Former MA students have gone on to become members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Applications are still open for MA Classical Strings course, commencing September 2023.

Want to read more information and find out how to apply for a place?

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One opening for a cello student is still available on the University of Limerick’s MA in Classical String Performance, with a scholarship available covering tuition fees for studies commencing in September 2023.

Online auditions will be organised at a convenient time once an application is submitted.

Please contact the course director for further information

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