When Dalton Hinz auditioned with Volkan Orhon, a double-bass professor and String Area leader, he knew then and there that he was going to study at the University of Iowa. Hinz, a first-year music performance major from Moorpark, Calif., performed live auditions for three universities, but he says that meeting Orhon during his UI audition made the choice simple.

"Professor Orhon immediately came off as friendly and informative," says Hinz, who picked up the electric bass at 7 and transitioned to the double bass when he was 12. "He gave really helpful constructive criticism, and I knew I wanted to learn from him."

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