A close up of a student playing the bass (strings)

The School of Music provides a strong program for string instrumentalists of all majors. Loyola string majors are consistently and quickly placed in university programs throughout the country.

Performance majors will find that the College of Music and Media offers a unique orchestral experience, a nurturing, professional environment, personal attention, challenging curricula and ample performance opportunities.

Even string players who are not music majors can enjoy a number of rich musical experiences at Loyola University.


  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • String Bass

Degree Programs

String players at Loyola can choose from a wide range of majors, including music performance, music industry, music education, music with elective studies, and music therapy.

Learn more about degree programs for string players.

Audition Requirements

Learn more about audition requirements for string players.


Strings students at Loyola University are able to take advantage of a wide range of performance opportunities. Examples include:

  • A weekly string masterclass
  • An informal group forum on performance issues
  • Chamber music concerts
  • Two vibrant orchestras.
  • A Loyola Reading Orchestra
  • The Loyola Strings 
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • The Loyola Presents Series brings world-renowned artists to Loyola throughout the academic year for concerts and masterclasses that are free to Loyola College of Music and Media students.

Learn more about Loyola Orchestra ensembles.


Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Director of the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, Extraordinary Professor

Jean Montes
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras

Paul Macres
Instructor of Bass

Bruce Owen
Adjunct Professor of Viola

Amy Thiaville
Extraordinary Professor of Violin

High School and Community Programs

Loyola University New Orleans expresses it commitment to excellent music education by sponsoring programs for developing young musicians including the Honor Orchestra Festival and Summer String Camp.

Honor Orchestra Festival (Open to High School Students only) 
Sponsored by the Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Media, the Honor Orchestra Festival is designed to provide advanced High School age string players the unique opportunity to experience an intense, day long, workshop. Talented youth from several states perform and are coached by our outstanding faculty. A special session on conducting and performance practice will be scheduled for high school directors during the festival. Complete an application online »

The cost to each selected participant is a $25.00 registration fee. All high school directors are invited to participate at no cost


Summer String Camp (Open to ages 7-19)
In Collaboration with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra we offer a unique summer music orchestral experience. Visit to sign up.


Loyola International Music Institute (Open to all Levels of Students) 
For more information and to sign up please visit