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 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.
    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
  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!!

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.

Our strings program has much to offer. Learn more…

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