Strings, Harp, & Classical Guitar

Whether you intend to major in music or to remain active as a musician while majoring in another discipline, the School of Music offers you close mentoring in the classroom as well as wide latitude to explore diverse and ambitious performance opportunities. Award-winning faculty — who are active performing artists themselves — will challenge you to take your passion to its fullest potential.

Programs in Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Harp

Puget Sound offers four majors and the music minor for strings and harp students:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music
  • Minor in Music

Programs in Classical Guitar

Puget Sound offers three majors and the music minor for classical guitar students:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music
  • Minor in Music

To major in music, an entrance audition is required. Please note audition requirements.

Auditions for Regular Decision and Transfer students take place in January and February, preceding fall enrollment.

Please see additional information for Transfer students and for Early Decision students.


Private weekly lessons in strings, harp, or classical guitar are offered to majors and non-majors.

  • Lesson fees (2015-16) are $175 per semester for half-hour lessons and $350 per semester for one-hour lessons.
  • Students who are not majors, minors, or scholarship recipients may take lessons for academic credit on a space-available basis.
  • Non-credit lessons are offered through Community Music.


Learn about music scholarships (awarded regardless of major).

Performance Opportunities

(See ensemble repertoire.)

Symphony Orchestra: Performs regularly during the academic year. Open to all Puget Sound students; a placement audition is required. Placement auditions for new students are held in the fall, during orientation.

Chamber ensembles are formed each semester, either for credit or as independent student-run ensembles. For-credit ensembles are advised by and meet regularly with School of Music faculty.

Guitar Ensemble, a for-credit chamber ensemble, explores primarily classical guitar literature and is led by guitar faculty.

Student recitals occur weekly during the noon hour for majors and non-majors. Students majoring in music present formal evening recitals, typically during the junior and senior years. Recitals are scheduled through the School of Music office and are open to all students taking private lessons for credit. Students pursuing a major or a minor in music must meet specific recital requirements.

The Concerto/Aria contest is held annually during the fall term. Interested students are recommended by faculty; one instrumental winner and one vocalist present a work in its entirety with the Symphony Orchestra.