Masterclasses, Workshops, and residencies allow students to perform for each other and receive critique from the instructor or a guest artist in a conservatory style group master class setting. Technical and musical points are addressed as well as more general discussion about the musical profession. String master classes meet regularly, and in addition there are frequent opportunities to perform for renowned artists. Guest master classes at Southeast in recent years have been presented by David Halen (Concertmaster, St. Louis Symphony), Jeffrey Zeigler, (Kronos Quartet), The Merling Piano Trio, Miles Hoffman (American Chamber Players), Mark Sparks (principal flute, St. Louis Symphony) and many others.
Other performing opportunities include participation in one of the many active student ensembles at Southeast. These include chamber ensembles, Opera Workshop Orchestra, pit orchestras for musicals, and reading orchestras for student conductors and composers. Additionally, the Jazz Bands are a highly visible and very exciting ensemble for string bass or electric bass students.
For further information concerning any of the string/orchestral opportunities at Southeast, please feel free to call Dr. Sara Edgerton, Associate Professor of Cello and String Bass and Director of the University Symphony Orchestra at (573) 651-2140.