String Ensemble


String Ensemble, which includes String Quartet and other such ensembles, is a course that develops an advanced young musician's sense of collaboration to achieve a common voice. Each instrument in this setting is equally vital, and participation requires strict commitment for the year.

The String Ensemble repertoire varies from beloved classics to challenging contemporary works. The groups are featured in concerts and other University events, both on and off campus. In addition to the weekly coaching, the ensemble must rehearse regularly.


Membership in String Ensemble is open to Music majors, Music minors, and nonmajors, and is by audition or recommendation.

Director and Faculty Contact

Ilkka Talvi

Instructor of Violin
Performance Diploma, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

Phone: 206-281-2205

Ilkka Talvi

Why I Teach at SPU

Ilkka Talvi, Instructor of Violin

"I have had an urge to share my knowledge with others since childhood; call it a blessing or passion, I know of no other way. To me, success in teaching means offering my students at SPU the best possible education, not limited to the violin, but spiced up with interesting information on a variety of related topics. I believe in this multifaceted approach to help guide and inspire."

Arts Events

Arts Events at SPU

SPU hosts many arts-related events throughout the year. Pictured above: SPU Theatre Department production of "The Billy Goats Gruff" by John Davies, directed by Don Yanik.