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Honors String Quartets



Daniel Chetel, Augustana Symphony Orchestra

Susan Stone, Violin         

Deborah Dakin,Viola and Violin         

Dortha Dewit, Violin         

Janina Ehrlich, Cello         

Patricia Silva Weitzel, Double Bass         

Erin Freund, Harp

Each year, four first-year students are chosen to form one of the honors string quartets. These quartets rotate through a coaching team composed of string faculty who assist with performance opportunities, choosing appropriate repertoire and ensuring the quartet has the resources needed to reach its goals.

The quartet musicians develop greater knowledge of their instrument and strong listening habits, and also learn how to navigate the communication and coordination involved in contracted, paid performances. In addition, the quartets enjoy special opportunities such as masterclasses and performances by visiting professional string quartets, off-campus concerts, healthy playing seminars, and more.

Jared Reiling

When music meets math, advisors make it work

Math and music. Most people would think they are very different academic subjects but actually they're very similar, says double-major Jared Reiling '23.

Dr. Janina Ehrlich and Grayson Dixon

Award positions Ehrlich among top string teachers in Illinois

No one was surprised, especially current and former students, when Dr. Janina Ehrlich received the 2020 Outstanding Studio Teacher award from the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

music video

Even without an audience, music students find joy, purpose

Music students aren't able to perform for an audience due to COVID-19, but in some ways this has caused them to look at music with fresh eyes: