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Music at EMU

EMU's Dr. Joan Griffing leads string quartet
EMU professor Dr. Joan Griffing (pictured above) coaches a student string ensemble. Dr. Griffing is the music department chair, as well as the concertmaster of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra.

Strings Program

EMU's string quartet preforming at the Virginia School for the Deaf and BlindViola Master Class with guest artist Diane Phoenix-Neal.   Students Katrina Poplett and Quinn Katherineberg performed.

Top 10 reasons to join our strings program

  1. Study and mentor with highly regarded strings faculty.
    EMU's string quartet at the Virginia School for the Deaf and BlindEMU string quartet gives interactive presentation at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
  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!!

Chris Yoer

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



Our strings program has much to offer. Learn more…

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