Applications for MA in Professional String Performance now open

14 November 2020 71 views 0

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. The course is designed for gifted string players as the final step towards a professional career. Students receive weekly 90-minute individual lessons, technique and performance skills classes, combined with intensive weekly classes in Dalcroze, Baroque, Improvisation, Body Mapping, Chamber Music, Feldenkrais, Orchestral Excerpts and Large Ensemble skills.


What makes the the programme unique is its focus on creating embodied, integrated, vibrant musicians, equipped to thrive in the modern professional environment.

The aim is to finesse 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 invited to explore what it is they really want to say with their music, as they prepare to enter the profession.

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 creative music making.

The programme is led by members of the ICO who rehearse, tutor and perform with the students.  Former MA students are now members of the ICO and many past pupils are regular extra work guests. As this course is considered the final step into the profession, our students work on what is required to make this important transition, including orchestral excerpts and skills, preparing for and experiencing real life auditions.

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.

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