As a string student at Biola University Conservatory of Music, you will enjoy rehearsing and performing the works of the masters in the classical tradition as well as more recent composers as you develop your own unique voice. Enjoy individualized instruction in double bass, cello, guitar, harp, mandolin, violin and viola; coaching and master classes from prestigious faculty and visiting artists; as well as performance opportunities in many solo, chamber, and large ensemble situations such Biola Symphony Orchestra and Biola Honors String Quartet.


It is a privilege and gift to be working in a department where you are continually inspired and challenged by your colleagues and students in every area of your life.”

Marlin Owen, Strings Area Coordinator and Symphony Orchestra Conductor

I have found that in the string department, there is a close-knit family. We are free to make mistakes, to learn and to grow. The students are hungry to learn about their craft, about God, and about each other.”

Elizabeth Larson, Strings Area Coordinator
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Performing Artist and Strings Instructor
B.M. Performance (Violin) '13

The most meaningful part of my Conservatory experience was all the time that faculty invested in mentoring me, both in a professional sense and in a personal sense. They were so generous with their time, and I was able to learn so much from seeing their lives on display. The mixture of high standards and interpersonal grace that I saw in my private instructor’s life provided me with a model of how to interact with students and colleagues who may not know Christ yet. ”

Performing Artist
B.M. Performance (Violin)

During my time at Biola, I was continually encouraged by those around me to become a better violinist. Not only this, but I had the opportunity to think through the purpose of my career in an environment that inspired me to think deeper about life. This is what undergrad should be about. ”

Nurse, Peace Corp Community Health Volunteer
B.M. Performance (Viola) '10

Attending Biola as both a nursing and music performance student allowed me to glean from a host of professors and peers that have lived out their faith in a variety of professions. The personal and spiritual growth that I experienced from my time at Biola has empowered me to share Christ’s love with others regardless of whether I am giving medications to a patient in the ER, playing my viola in church or assisting in compiling the district reports of teenage pregnancy and newly acquired HIV infections in an African village. ”



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