EMU cellist Chris Yoder (pictured above) is featured on this recording of Redwing Blackbird on the recently released album Whispering Pines by Me & Martha with Randy Edwards.

I love playing cello here at EMU. Though I’m not a music major, everyone in the music department helps me make the most of my ability.

-Chris Yoder, writing studies major

Strings Program

Top 10 reasons to be in our strings program

  1. Study and mentor with highly regarded strings faculty.
  2. Perform in a variety of settings: orchestra, chamber music, solo.
  3. Take music to people who cannot attend on campus performances: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, Correction facilities, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, and more.
  4. Learn how to develop a variety of programs to connect with people in diverse settings.
  5. Go on field trips to hear top-notch performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  6. Teach and earn money in EMU Preparatory Music Program.
  7. Earn Suzuki teacher training with an EMU-certified Suzuki Teacher Trainer.
  8. Perform in the nationally known Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival as an Orchestral Fellow.
  9. Teach and mentor elementary school students in our Outreach Strings program.
  10. Have fun!!

Our strings program has much to offer. Learn more…

Contact the music program office coordinator for more information at 540-432-4225 or