Strings and orchestra are alive and well on the PC campus. Beginning with the PC Chamber Orchestra, through the chamber ensembles (trios, quartets, etc.) and to private lessons available on all instruments.

Chamber Orchestra – Musc 1690
Chamber Music – Strings (See Musc 1681)

Violin and Viola students study privately with Dr. Pawel Kozak and the doublebass and cello students study with Dr. Richard Thomas, who also conducts the orchestra.

See a PC student string trio in action! Click Here


There are music majors in our strings program, but many students are majoring in business, the sciences, psychology, and many of the other majors found at PC. Jo McAnally is a great example of one of our more recent strings majors. Jo completed the music education degree at PC in exactly four years, satisfying all the requirements for her teaching licensure, and is now teaching in a public school string program in Laurens County District 55.


Paul Harris came to PC with a background in voice and piano, but a desire to learn the viola. Most students come to college to study strings or play in orchestras after years of school and youth orchestra experience – and that’s the case for most of PC’s string students. But Paul was undeterred. He studied and practiced until he could satisfy Dr. Thomas that he could, indeed, contribute to the orchestra. Paul will graduate from PC in 2014 with a degree in Spanish and Modern Foreign Languages.


There’s a place in our strings program for you!  Contact Dr. Richard Thomas immediately via (EMAIL) or by calling his office at 864.833.8469. He will assist you with connecting with the admissions offices, the music scholarship process, and anything else you may require.

01/26/06 faculty music mozart

Come to PC, learn, grow, and continue to play your instrument – our orchestra experience – our entire music experience – is one that leaves a lasting, life-long impression.