String Studies at SHSU

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

The SHSU School of Music offers substantial music scholarships based on your entrance audition. In addition, there are other scholarships that can be earned while attending Sam Houston based on merit, GPA and service to the University.

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Audition Requirements

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SHSU Music Facilities


String Area Faculty


Javier Pinell, violin

Naomi Gjevre, violin
Dawson White, viola
Daniel Saenz, cello
Deborah Dunham, double bass
Lex Valk, double bass
Alejandro Montiel, guitar
Paula Page, harp


Greetings and welcome to the SHSU String Area webpage!

The String Area faculty invite you to explore this website, visit our campus, meet our faculty and students, and discover why we are one of the most exciting music programs in the state of Texas. We have a fantastic environment in which to learn and grow as a string player, student, and musician, while enjoying the great experience of being part of our SHSU family.

Attend an orchestra rehearsal or concert, listen to our chamber ensembles, take a private lesson, and experience the excellence of our School of Music. While here, you will enjoy the hospitality of the University and get a feel for campus life as you envision being part of the excitement that is Sam Houston State University.

SHSU and the School of Music can be the vehicle that will help you achieve a successful future. Our university is recognized as a high-level, challenging and creative institution fostering a comfortable, safe learning environment geared toward student success. With an enrollment of over 19,000 students, we maintain the personal and connected teaching where you are respected and appreciated.

The setting of the community of Huntsville, which combines the ease of living in a small city with the benefits of nearby Houston's sports, entertainment, and job opportunities will make your time as a SHSU student most enjoyable.

Make Sam Houston State University your pathway to success!

We can arrange a campus tour so you can see dormitories and other facilities. Our faculty and staff can answer all of your questions.


School of Music
Sam Houston State University
1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

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