University Strings

Be a part of the University Strings second year!  The ensemble will perform string orchestra literature from a variety of eras, including new work from today’s composers and arrangements of well-loved tunes.

Fall 2019 rehearsals begin on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30-8:30pm in Room D-237 and continue on Thursday evenings through December 6. Highlights of the University Strings fall semester include a Winter Concert.

Contact Dr. Jon Magnussen (jonmagnu at hawaii dot edu) to arrange an audition on July 24, August 7, 14 or 21.  Click here for audition materials specific to your instrument. 

The University Strings (MUS 410H) launches its second season this Fall 2019 under the direction of Dr. Jon Magnussen.  The ensemble will perform string orchestra literature from a variety of eras, and members will improve instrumental technique, musicianship, and ensemble skills.  The ensemble rehearses on the UHWO campus on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm during the fall semester, and is open to community members as well as high school members who play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass (ownership or rental of an instrument is required; one double bass is available for on-campus rehearsal). The ensemble also welcomes O‘ahu high school students participating in the Early Admission program that offers college credit only, and Hawai‘i State Department of Education teachers taking MUS 410H for teacher reclassification credit.

Take Advantage of the Benefits of Music!

  • Cognitive–– Helps your brain function better, giving you an edge in the classroom. (“…children and adults with extensive musical training show enhanced executive function when compared to non-musicians, especially for cognitive flexibility, working memory, and processing speed.”– Psychology Today, 6/25/14)
  • Career–– Helps you develop a talent that distinguishes you from the pack, and helps reinforce positive character traits sought by employers such as discipline, perseverance, teamwork, patience, self-control, problem solving, and empathy;
  • Social–– Offers opportunities to meet new people who are often interesting, and reconnect with old friends;
  • Psychological–– The weekly rehearsal/class improves your mood, decreases stress, and reduces depression and anxiety by helping express what words cannot express.

For more information, contact UHWO Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen at jonmagnu at hawaii dot edu.  MUS 410H “University Strings” is repeatable unlimited number of times, but credit is limited to twelve (12) credits. This course helps fulfill the Diversification Arts Requirements (DA) of the UHWO General Education Core Requirements.