Manhattan’s’ Gold Orchestra performing in Carnegie Hall, 2006. The group is led by Dr. David LIttrell.



At Kansas State University, your career goals are supported by a strong education curriculum, individualized study with our committed string faculty, and opportunities for hands-on teaching experience. Our students:

· Teach privately in the community

· Teach in area string programs, such as the Junction City after-school program, and the Manhattan Arts Center Suzuki program

· Work at the annual String Fling, and even conduct the orchestras

· Assist with the Gold Orchestra

· Conduct the Silver Orchestra

· Coach chamber music in the public schools

Graduates of the program are teaching successfully throughout the country, in such diverse locations as Texas, Michigan, North Dakota, Missouri,  Kansas, and the Kansas City area.


Our active student chapter of the American String Teachers Association is a strong presence in the community, and at national conventions. For one of their projects, ASTA members host and adjudicate at the annual Wildcat String Festival, which gives middle-school students a supportive introduction to the solo and ensemble contest experience. Other projects the group supports are:

· “String Cleaning Day,” where we clean and do small repairs on young student’s instruments

· Valentine Serenades

· Supplemental lessons for college students in the string techniques classes

· Concerts for area children and a tour of schools in western Kansas


String teachers need to be good string players. In addition to private study, your skills are further developed by playing in the symphony orchestra and chamber groups.  The string area frequently hosts outstanding guest artists for residencies, including recitals and master classes. Visitors have included:

· Peter Salaff, head of string chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music (two visits)

· The Da Vinci String Quartet  (two visits)

· David Ying, cellist of the Ying Quartet, Eastman School of Music

· Christine Russell-Rutledge, viola, University of Iowa

· Monte Belknap, violin, Brigham Young University

· Charles Castleman, head of the String Department at the Eastman School of Music


Performance, individual attention, teaching experience, and a solid grounding in your coursework— that’s what you get as a string education major at Kansas State. We’d love to talk to you about your goals, arrange a free sample lesson, and discover if we’re a good fit for you.

Violin, Viola and Chamber Music:

Cora Cooper, D. M.

Kansas State University Department of Music

224 McCain

Manhattan, KS 66506

(785) 532-3820


Cello, Double Bass and Orchestra:

David Littrell, D. M. A.

Kansas State University Department of Music

104 McCain

Manhattan, KS 66506

(785) 532-3804



A K-State quartet poses with Peter Salaff after his 2004 chamber music master class.

An enthusiastic ASTA member gets pumped for the 2005 national convention in Reno.

One of the orchestras at K-State’s annual String Fling, with college students conducting and helping out.

Master class with Charles Castleman, 2007.