UGA StringProject
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602-7287








String Project Faculty

Dr. Skip Taylor and Ruth Monson, Co-Directors
TBD Master Teacher

Student Teachers


Dr. Clinton (Skip) Taylor, Co-director

Clinton (Skip) Taylor is associate professor of music in string education serving as the chair of music education. Prior to his appointment at UGA, he taught middle school and high school orchestra in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina. He was the conductor and director of the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony from 1997-2001 and was the founding conductor and director of the Greensboro Symphony Junior Strings from 2000-2001. At UGA, he teaches secondary instrumental music education courses and string methods, supervises student teachers, and serves as director of the UGA Summer Camps Program. Taylor has contributed articles to The Journal of String Research, Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, The Instrumentalist, and Georgia Music News. His compositions and arrangements for string orchestra and percussion ensemble are distributed by C. Alan Publications, Greensboro, NC. An active clinician and adjudicator throughout the southeast, Taylor has conducted numerous all-state and all-county orchestras. He is a member of ASTA, NSOA, MENC, GMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha.


Ruth Monson, Co-director

Prior to moving to Athens in 2009, Ruth Monson was an active freelance violinist in New York City, Ann Arbor, MI, State College, PA, and Salt Lake City, UT. She has extensive orchestral experience, having trained in the National Orchestral Association (NOA). She served as principal second violinist of NOA for one year and later in that position with the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra for six years. She played in the Flint Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, and from 2000 - 2009 was a regular substitute in the violin and viola sections of the Utah Symphony, going on their European tour in 2005.
In addition to orchestral playing, Ruth has maintained an active private teaching studio, enjoyed chamber music as a member of the Carujian String Quartet in Pennsylvania, and worked as a recording studio musician.
Ruth is a part time instructor at UGA working as co-director of the University String Project and as an administrative assistant and teacher in the Community Music School. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Brigham Young University as a student of Henri Temianka.

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UGA String Project
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602 - 7287