A focus on enhancing ensemble playing, musical artistry and technical mastery.

Offering pre-formed string quartets the opportunity for intensive graduate study (M.M.) of some of the greatest music ever written. 

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Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin Eunho Kim, violin and viola
Joanna Patterson Zakany, viola Si-Yan Darren Li, cello

Lessons, Coaching & Rehearsal

  • Receive weekly individual lessons on your applied instrument from a master artist-teacher.
  • Coach as an ensemble weekly to prepare for recitals, concerts and competitions. 
  • A schedule that allows for extensive rehearsal and practice time.
  • Study with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Verve Chamber Players, CityMusic Cleveland and more. 

Performance Opportunities

You’ll have the chance to perform often individually, as a member of your quartet and in the Kent State University Orchestra. 

  • Perform on the Kent Campus in studio classes, recitals, concerts and special events held throughout the academic year. 
  • Outreach and education concerts are an integral part of a career a professional chamber musician. You’ll perform off-campus in school concerts and education programs as well as on local concert series offered by Tuesday Musical of Akron, Music From the Western Reserve, Friends of Chamber Music and more. 
  • The Kent State University Orchestra offers up to ten performances a year, presenting a diverse repertory spanning then centuries. They also frequently collaborate with Kent State Opera Theatre and the KSU Choirs to present large masterworks. 
  • Many graduate string students have performed with the regions many regional, paid orchestras, including the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Youngstown Symphony and more. 
  • During the summer months, quartets also often spend five weeks in residence at the Kent Blossom Music Festival—our now 53-year advance training institute run in partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra. 

Alumni Success Stories

  • Euclid Quartet, now in residence at IU-South Bend
  • Hausmann Quartet, now in residence at UC San Diego
  • Hyperion Quartet, now in residence at College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)
  • La Catrina Quartet, now in residence at Eastern New Mexico State University
  • Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chen is a founding member), now based in San Francisco

Degrees and Programs Offered

M.M. in Performance, Chamber Music Concentration (String Quartet)

Questions or Want More Information?

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musicadmissions@kent.edu | 330-672-2172

Graduate Assistantships and Audition Dates

Graduate Assistantships


The Glauser School of Music offers graduate assistantships in applied music performance, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, string quartet and theory. Appointments begin August of the academic year. 



  • All graduate assistantships (Master’s and Ph.D.) carry a stipend.
  • Ranges: $3,750-$10,000, depending on workload and degree level.

Tuition Waiver

  • Master’s Students: 9 credits per semester
  • Ph.D. Students: 9 credits per semester


  • Graduate assistantship duties are assigned as appropriate for the student’s area of study or expertise.  
  • Workload: 10 hours (half-time) or 20 hours (full-time) per week.

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