Andrea, cello
occupation: private cello instructor, Smiling Strings cello instructor & freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Cello Performance – University of Missouri in Kansas City and B.M. in Cello Performance – University of Wisconsin, Madison
performing experience: Madison Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Dubuque Symphony, with Josh Groban on the Oprah Show, Kansas, Ricky Skaggs, Bach & Beyond Ensemble, Oakley Street Cello Ensemble, Racine Symphony Orchestra


Anna, cello
occupation: freelance performing musician & private cello instructor
education: M.M. in Cello Performance – Northwestern University and B.M. in Cello Performance – Oberlin Conservatory
performing experience: Baroque Band (principal cellist), Wayward Sisters (founding member), Haymarket Opera Company, Newberry Consort, Second City Musick, Callipygian Players, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, and Madison Bach Musicians


Anne, cello
occupation: freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Cello Performance – University of Michigan and B.M. in Cello Performance – University of Nebraska
studied with: Anthony Elliott, Tracy Sands, Karen Becker and Carol Ourada
performing experience: Lincoln Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, National Orchestra Institute, Aspen Music Festival


Emi, violin
occupation: freelance performing musician; adjunct faculty for violin and chamber music at Benedictine University
education: Orchestra Diploma – Roosevelt University; M.M in Violin Performance – University of North Texas; B.M in Violin Performance – Eastman School of Music
performing experience: guest soloist with ANUNA (tour and PBS program Christmas Memories), Rod Stewart, John Markovich, Common, Apollo’s Fire, The Covergirls Violin show, Don Cagen Orchestra and various Latin, blues and jazz ensembles throughout the country


Inger, violin
occupation: freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Violin Performance – Carnegie Mellon University and B.M. in Violin Performance – Cleveland Institute of Music
performing experience: soloist with CMU Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera, Key West Symphony Orchestra, chamber ensembles, orchestras, touring musicians, rock bands, theater companies and big bands


Ingrid, violin, viola, piano
occupation: orchestra teacher & freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Music Education – Vandercook College and B.M. in Music Education – Roosevelt University
performing experience: Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Renovo Strings, Oak Park River Forest Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, Billie Corgan, local Chicago bands and theatre ensembles


Louisa, violin
occupation:
private violin instructor, Chicago Youth Debut Orchestra coach & freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Violin Performance – New England Conservatory and B.M. in Violin Performance – Peabody Conservatory
performing experience: South Bend Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony, Fifth House Ensemble, Renovo String Orchestra, Advent Chamber Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra –  conducted by Lorin Maazel, concertmaster with the National Orchestral Institute, Domaine Forget chamber music festival in Quebec and other festivals in the U.S., Canada and Europe


Madeline, violin
occupation: private violin teacher & freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Violin Performance – DePaul University; B.M in Violin Performance – Michigan State University
performing experience: Assistant Concertmaster of Orchestra Iowa, New Millennium Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Access Contemporary Music, concertmaster of the Chamber Opera Chicago, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra and Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. Guest soloist with Logan Chamber Players, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony and NPR’s “From the Top” radio show. Summer festivals include Musicorda, Meadowmount, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Dakota Chamber Music, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute


Molly, cello
occupation: freelance performing musician &  private cello teacher
education: M.M. in Cello Performance – DePaul University; B.M in Cello Performance – Arizona State University
performing experience: Northwestern Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, 42nd Parallel, Clark St. Quartet, Fonema Consort, Ensemble 20+; Chicago artists and bands including Sidewalk Chalk, B Forrest, Sharon Irving, Isaiah Oby, Aryk Crowderl; and soundtracks including Scrooge and Marley, One World: Make a Difference and Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier


Nancy, flute
occupation: private flute teacher & freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Flute Performance and Certificate of Performance – DePaul University; B.M in Flute Performance – University of Illinois
performing experience: second flute with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, South Bend, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras, New Philharmonic, Chicago area ensembles, Chicago Civic Orchestra and the New World Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, chamber ensembles at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. performed and participated in recordings with Chicago Symphony Orchestra members John Bruce Yeh and Charlie Vernon


Robin, violin
occupation: orchestra teacher & freelance performing musician
education: M.M. in Music Education – Northeastern Illinois University and B.M. in Music Education – Augustana College
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performing experience: symphonic performances abroad in China, Germany and Austria; assistant concertmaster with West Suburban Symphony and Renovo Strings; Chicago area chamber ensembles


Tamara, violin
occupation: private violin instructor & freelance performing musician
education: B.A. in Violin Performance – American Conservatory of Music; graduate studies at DePaul University and Indiana University; Suzuki certified
performing experience: Northwest Indiana Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra