St. Mary's University Music Department, Winona, Minnesota

String Studies

The String Program at Saint Mary's prepares students for graduate studies or careers in solo performance, chamber music, orchestra or music education.  String techniques and performance skills are developed in weekly lessons, monthly string seminars and frequent departmental recitals in the beautiful Figliulo Recital Hall, enhanced by regular participation in masterclasses, chamber music and Chamber Orchestra.   As a string major enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Performance degree program, students will be able to develop their knowledge and skills in string techniques, ensemble playing, string pedagogy and literature.


In addition to receiving coaching from internationally acclaimed faculty members and visiting artists, violin and viola majors study with artist-teacher, Dr. David Leung, a versatile concert violinist and orchestral conductor who teaches and performs extensively around the world as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and conductor.  Dr. Leung has worked with many world-class concert artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arvine Arditti, Malcolm Bilson, Warren Jones, Mikhail Kopelman, Sir Neville Marriner and Pinchas Zukerman.  Dr. Leung’s upcoming engagements include concert tours to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Mainland China, Singapore, Colombia, France and Germany. 

Studio String Lessons (violin, viola, cello and double bass) focus on the development of proper string techniques, including correct and balanced postures of the body, effective use of fingers, hands and arms, accuracy of intonation, rhythm and tone production, and stylistic interpretation of works from various musical periods.   Weekly assignments are based on each student’s ability, potential and background.

In addition to individual lessons, string students are to attend a monthly String Studio Class in Saint Yon’s Rehearsal Room.   These classes feature a variety of student performances and critiques.  Special presentations or lectures will be presented occasionally by visiting artists.  Departmental Recitals in each semester provides opportunities for students to perform frequently.   Juries are required for majors, scheduled during the last week of school or early in the week of finals.

The String Program at Saint Mary's University emphasizes the great importance of chamber music and ensemble playing.   Students actively participate in chamber music groups and Chamber Orchestra.   Each semester there are numerous opportunities for the Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra and student chamber music groups to perform on campus and in various Minnesota communities.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is also the home of Saint Mary's Summer String Workshop - an innovative one-week summer workshop that provides extensive training on solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire, in addition to spiritual retreats led by the Christian Brothers in the Catholic Lasallian tradition.   Besides receiving musical training and spiritual nourishment, workshop participants enjoy international friendship, a wide range of outdoor activities at the beautiful Winona campus and world-class concerts at the dynamic Minnesota Beethoven Festival.  

For more details about the SMU String Program or Saint Mary's Summer String Workshop, please contact Dr. David Leung at

Saint Cecilia Music Scholarships

In addition to a variety of Academic Scholarships offered by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the Department of Music offers talent-based scholarships. Music scholarships are available for both majors and non majors, average around $1000 and are renewable yearly. These awards are given based on performing ability and music interest. Though you don’t need to be a music major to qualify for an award, you must participate in music activities at Saint Mary's (ensembles, lessons, etc.).

The Saint Cecilia Music Scholarships auditions also serve as the required audition to the music major for those students desiring to declare a major in music, eliminating the need for a separate audition to the major for those who participate. However, again, a major in music is not required to be eligible for St. Cecilia awards.


Scholarship applicants must arrange for two letter of recommendation to be sent to the Scholarship Committee by January 31. St. Cecilia Music Scholarship candidates should be accomplished musicians with a mastery of their instrument. Click on the scholarships tab on the left to apply.

All string players will perform the following:

Two contrasting solo selections from the CLASSICAL REPERTORE ONLY - contact Dr. Leung if you have any questions about your selections.

Dr. Chun Chim (David) Lenug - biography


Dr. Chun Chim (David) Leung, Assistant Professor of Violin at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and Music Director of Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra, is versatile and active in every aspect of performance as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and orchestral conductor.  

Leung performs and teaches extensively around the world, including masterclasses and concerts in France, Italy, Spain, Austria, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada and the United States.  Leung’s engagements in 2012-2013 consists of masterclasses and concerts in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Mainland China, Germany, France, Colombia, and throughout the United States.

Leung has collaborated with many of today’s best-known artists such as Arvine Arditti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcolm Bilson, Anthony Camden, Andrés Cárdenes, Anthony Dean Griffey, Warren Jones, Mikhail Kopelman, Gregory Kunde, Sir Neville Marriner and Pinchas Zukerman.    Leung has also performed in numerous major international music festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals in France, Carinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Aberdeen International Music Festival in Scotland, Hong Kong Arts Festival, La French MayMusicarama and June in Buffalo.    

Leung made his Carneige Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City in 2009.  The recital program includes a series of works by contemporary Chinese composers such as Chan Yi, Bright Sheng and Zhou Long, including three world premieres of commission pieces in the presence of the composers.  

A strong advocate of chamber music and contemporary music, David Leung is a member of the Olean Chamber music society in upstate New York and he is the co-founder of Felix Piano Trio, Phoenix Trio and Helios String Quartet. Leung participates in many contemporary music festivals and ensembles, such asJune in BuffaloLa French MayMusicaramaOut of ContextMusica Nova and Slee Sinfonietta.   Leung is currently a member of Saint Mary’s Trio, Faculty Trio at the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, with critically acclaimed pianist Ned Kirk and cellist Derek Clark.

Prior to joining the faculty of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Leung served as Associate Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Florida, and has taught at the Florida State University, University at Buffalo and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.    Dr. Leung is the co-founder of the Saint Mary’s Summer String Workshop and UB Summer String Workshop, and visiting faculty of Soochow University and Tunghai University in Taiwan, Wah Yan College in Hong Kong and Michigan Conducting Institute in Holland, Michigan. 

Leung is currently Music Director of the Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra at the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and remains active as guest conductor around the world.    In 2005 Leung was appointed Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra and he was a frequent guest conductor for the Auburn Chamber Orchestra and the New Horizon Orchestra in upstate New York.   Leung teaches orchestral conducting and conducts the summer orchestras at the Michigan Conducting Institue and Csehy Summer School of Music.   Leung’s recent conducting engagements include guest conducting in Hong Kong, California and the New Music festival in Tiffin, Ohio, where he conducted a choreographed production of Kamran Ince’sWaves of Talya with the composer’s presence.   Prior to conducting the Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra, David Leung was the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the UB Symphony Orchestra at the State University of New York, Buffalo. 

In light of his outstanding achievements and accomplishments in performance, Leung is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Investec Music Prize, Guinness Flight Music Prize, St. David Lodge Music Award, the Ruggiero Ricci Violin Performance Merit Award and scholarships such as the Bloomberg Scholarship, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship and Standard Chartered Community Foundation Scholarship. 

A native of Hong Kong, David Leung began his violin lessons at the age of six with Tong Lung and made his concerto debut at ten.    Leung continued to study with Lo Chu Tong and Michael Ma at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, was awarded Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance with First-Class Honors.   Leung holds a Master Degree in Violin Performance and Literature, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of Mikhail Kopelman, former leader of the legendary Borodin and Tokyo String Quartets.   

Leung has recorded for Decca and Oxford University Press.   The latest solo album Serenity was released in Spring 2011, featuring German organist Dr. Johannes Mueller-Stosch.   Serenity highlights a wide range of music composed for violin and organ, including works by Biber, Rheinberger, Mozart, Schumann, Faure and Tchaikovsky.   

David Leung plays a beautiful instrument made by Leandro Bisiach, Sr. in Milan in 1922.    

"[Leung’s] performance critically lauded…always extremely popular with the public." (Post Journal, New York)

"David Leung is the next up-and-coming musician to top the bill.” (LCSD, Hong Kong)