Strings

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s string department features internationally recognized faculty, attracting talented young musicians from the United States and abroad. 

String students at the Hodgson School enjoy countless opportunities for solo and ensemble performances, including annual concerto competitions. Students have the opportunity to participate in and collaborate with the Hodgson School's numerous small chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and choirs. Additionally, young musicians can also gain valuable interactive performance and teaching experience by participating in one of the Hodgson School's numerous educational and community outreach programs.

Personnel

As a recording artist, Ambartsumian has 36 commercially-released and internationally-distributed CD's including music by Wieniawski, Sarasate, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich, Strauss, Schnittke, Vasks, Bronner, Arutiunian and other contemporary composers. As a teacher, Ambartsumian has given master classes in…

His most recent solo CD Soñando Caminos (ATMA) is devoted to the works of Spanish composer Eduardo Sainz de la Maza. His recitals are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio, and he has also appeared in two documentary films for the Bravo! (TV) series entitled The Classical Now. Daniel Bolshoy has adjudicated many international music competitions,…

Ms. Hargrave serves as the principal harpist with the Albany and Gainesville Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed frequently with the Greenville, Macon and Columbus Symphonies. Throughout her career as a professional harpist, Ms. Hargrave has backed artists such as Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Johnny Mathis.

Michael has given public master classes at such places as the Royal College of Music in London, Michigan State University, and the University of Minnesota, and has also presented at the ASTA National Conference. He has been on the faculty of the Montecito Music Festival in California, and the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia. Most recently his…

As a performer, Dr. Masciadri has performed chamber music and duets with such artists as George Bolet, Robert Mc Duffie, Aldo Parisot, Sidney Harth, Gary Karr, and Francesco Petracchi, in addition to appearing in collaborations around the world with United Nations musical ambassadors. His solo performances have taken place at such…

Ms. Snyder has given masterclasses, clinics, and performances at universities and music schools throughout the country, including Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman, Hartt, The University of Rochester, The University of Tennessee, The University of Kentucky, and the University of South Carolina, among others.  She earned the Masters and Graduate…

David Starkweather is professor of cello at The University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music in Athens where he has been on the faculty since 1983.  He was awarded a certificate of merit as semifinalist in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition.  Starkweather grew up in the San Francisco bay area.  He attended the Eastman School of Music, followed…