String Ensembles

Classical Guitar Ensemble

The University of Kentucky Guitar Ensemble performs music for solo guitar, multiple guitars and guitars with other instruments. The guitar ensemble’s repertoire consists of music from different eras and countries, to students' arrangements of pop and rock music. Availability for performance and repertoire options depend on the number of students enrolled in the ensemble each semester. For further information please contact the University of Kentucky Guitar Instructor Dieter Hennings.

The Niles and Verdi String Quartets

The UK School of Music support two academic string quartets. The Niles String Quartet is an elite group of graduate students who receive stipends and other considerations. The Verdi String Quartet consists of top graduate and/or undergraduate students. In recent years, the quartets have gained national notoriety:

  • The Verdi String Quartet, (Daniel Brier and Kyle Van Arsdalen, violins; Ivan Ugorich, viola; and Christopher Erickson, cello) took first place in the college division of the 16th annual Macauley Chamber Music Competition (March 2012).
  • Verdi String Quartet, Second Place in the collegiate division of the 15th annual Macauley Chamber Music Competition (2010).
  • Niles Quartet, First Place in the college division of the Macauley Chamber Competition (2008), invited to study at the Banff Festival, and coached with members of the Juilliard String Quartet in New York (2008).

Contact Benjamin Karp for more information.