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Performance in String Quartet (MMus)

Our performance program blends hands-on experience and experiential education in a collaborative environment. You’ll receive personalized training and performance-centred experience in solo, chamber and large ensemble settings.

This program also includes seminar classes on music theory, history and style. The MMus degree program may also serve as an academic pathway to further specialized research at the DMA/PhD level.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will:

  • hone skills and focus as an ensemble
  • develop expertise in all eras of repertoire in order to prepare for a professional career
  • develop a cohesive sound (through bow movement, vibrato, articulation, expressive intonation)
  • develop a transparency and balance in ensemble playing that communicates the notes from the page to the audience in a coherent and beautiful way
  • develop requisite business skills to pursue a professional career as a string quartet
  • support in seeking connections and competitions which will provide career and musical opportunities
  • conversation and workshops with supervisors around the challenges of this particular intensive collaborative work to foster leadership, consensus, healthy and respectful discourse and teamwork: values and skills beneficial to all aspects of life and extending beyond the quartet experience

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Adam Con

Associate Professor Music Education, Chorus

Ajtony Csaba

Associate Professor Orchestra, Conducting

Alex Olson

Music Performance Instructor Bass

Alexander Dunn

Music Performance Instructor Guitar

Alexis Luko

Director; Full Professor Music History, Musicology

Anita Bonkowski

Sessional Lecturer Theory, Film Music, Jazz Studies

Ann Elliott-Goldschmid

Associate Professor Violin, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring

Anna Betuzzi

Music Performance Instructor

Anne Grimm

Music Performance Instructor Voice

Anthony Tan

Assistant Professor Composition

Arthur Rowe

Professor Piano

Benjamin Butterfield

Professor Voice, Opera, Head of Voice, Co-head of Performance

Bruce Vogt

Professor Piano, History of Keyboard Music, 19th-Century Performance Practices

Christopher Butterfield

Associate Professor Composition, Theory

Colleen Eccleston

Sessional Lecturer Songwriting, Popular Music

David Bourque

Music Performance Instructor

Eva Solar-Kinderman

Music Performance Instructor Piano

Giuseppe Pietraroia

Sessional Lecturer Orchestra, Opera (Conductor)

Harald Krebs

Professor Theory, Head of Theory Program

Jelena Milojević

Music Performance Instructor Accordion

Joanna Hood

Associate Professor Viola, String Chamber Music, Baroque Collegium

Jordan Hanson

Sessional Lecturer African Hand Drumming

Joseph Salem

Associate Professor Music History, Musicology, Theory

Katrina Russell

Music Performance Instructor Bassoon

Kinza Tyrrell

Sessional Instructor

Kirk McNally

Associate Professor Recording Techniques, Music Technology, Sound Recording

Kyron Basu

Music Performance Instructor

Maria Virginia Acuña

Assistant Teaching Professor Music History, Musicology

Mark McDonald

Music Performance Instructor Organ

May Ling Kwok

Music Performance Instructor Piano

Michael Dias

Sessional Lecturer

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni

Associate Professor Cello, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni

Associate Professor Cello, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring

Patrick Boyle

Associate Professor Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Studies, Theory, Musicology, Business of Music

Paul Beauchesne

Music Performance Instructor Low Brass

Phil Albert

Sessional Instructor

Sam McNally

Music Performance Instructor

Scott MacInnes

Music Performance Instructor Trombone

Sharon Stanis

Associate Professor Violin, String Chamber Music

Steven Capaldo

Associate Professor Music Education, Wind Symphony (Conductor)

Suzanne Snizek

Associate Professor Flute, Woodwind Chamber Music, Music History

Taylor Brook

Postdoctoral Fellow Composition

W. Andrew Schloss

Professor Electronic & Computer Music, Acoustics, Ethnomusicology

Wendell Clanton

Assistant Teaching Professor Saxophone, Vocal Jazz

William Linwood

Music Performance Instructor Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

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