University Strings

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

Fall 2020 rehearsals begin on Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room D-237 and continue on Thursday evenings through December 3. Highlights of the University Strings fall semester include a Winter Concert.

The University Strings (MUS 410H) launches its third season this Fall 2020 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 UH West Oʻahu campus on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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.

University String Events

There are no upcoming events.

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 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 UH West Oʻahu General Education Core Requirements.  

For Auditions:

Contact Dr. Jon Magnussen ( to arrange an audition before August 20, 2020. Click here for audition materials specific to your instrument.