String Chamber Ensembles
2017-18 Philharmonic Association String Quartet with Cary Mayor Weinbrecht at the Dragonboat Festival
Philharmonic Association String Quartet
The Philharmonic Association String Quartet performs repertoire for two violins, viola, and cello. This ensemble has a long tradition of musical service and has performed in competitions, at festivals, retirement communities, museums, and at numerous community events. Currently coached by Karen Galvin, this ensemble continues to attain high levels of musicianship.
Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet
The Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet performs repertoire for two violins, viola, and cello. This ensemble includes players from our most advanced full orchestra ready to take their ensemble skills to the next level and are active sharing their music in the community.
2017-18 Triangle Youth Symphony String Quartet
Before being named Assistant Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, Karen Strittmatter Galvin was a member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and had an active freelance career in Washington DC, performing regularly with the Washington National Opera and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. She is a former member and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony.
Ms. Galvin is also an avid chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Inscape Chamber Music Project of Washington DC and performed with the Laurel String Quartet, which was formed under the guidance of the Guarneri String Quartet. Along with two of her sisters, she has been performing as a member of the Strittmatter Trio since 1988.
A native of Pittsburgh, Ms. Galvin began her musical training at the age of five with Debbie Holland, and later Hong-Guang Jia and Huei- Sheng Kao, both assistant concertmasters of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Galvin received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Carolyn Huebl and Cyrus Forough. After graduating, she moved to Washington DC to pursue her Master’s degree with Elisabeth Adkins at the University of Maryland.
Since moving to North Carolina, Ms. Galvin has actively embraced the Raleigh arts community. She is the curator of New Music Raleigh, a cutting-edge ensemble dedicated to performing the works of living composers. In addition, she serves on the board of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, maintains an active teaching studio, and can even be found playing locally and recording with rock bands such as Broken Social Scene, The Rosebuds, and Lost in the Trees. Ms. Galvin performs during the summer with the Colorado Music Festival at Chataqua, in Boulder. Her husband, Shawn Galvin, the former Principal Timpanist of the United States Navy Band, is also a curator of New Music Raleigh.
Cellist David Meyer joined the North Carolina Symphony at the beginning of the 2013/14 season after performing for a year as a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo, symphonic, and chamber music in North America, Europe, and Asia as part of festivals of Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Britten- Pears, Moritzburg, Viana do Castelo, Carteret, and Colorado College. He served as principal cellist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, NEC Philharmonia, NEC’s conductorless Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Thornton Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra.
As a concerto soloist he has performed with the Colorado College Summer Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra. Mr. Meyer gave the European premiere performance of the Sonata for Solo Violoncello by Los Angeles based composer NL Qosqadi in 2007, as well as several Boston premiers (BNMI) in 2008-2012. A zealous chamber musician, he was the cellist of the string quartet Tetrachord and a founding member of the Discovery Ensemble of Boston.
After childhood cello training with Rick Mooney in Southern California, and further schooling at the Chicago and Ithaca Suzuki Institutes, National Cello Institute, World Cello Congress, and Encore School for Strings, Mr. Meyer studied at USC with Eleonore Schoenfeld. In chamber music, he has worked with Jan Vogler, Roger Tapping, Robert Mann, Victor Sazer, Donald Weilerstein, and the Borromeo, Cavani, St. Lawrence, and Ying String Quartets. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, a Master’s of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and served a two-year fellowship at the New World Symphony.
Violinist Maria Meyer grew up listening to the North Carolina Symphony. She began taking violin lessons at the age of four with Pamela Pandolfi and continued her training with Wilinda Atchley. She later studied with North Carolina Symphony Concertmaster Brian Reagin both in North Carolina and at the Chautauqua Institution.
Ms. Meyer left her home state to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone. In May 2005, she received her Master of Music degree from Rice University under the guidance of principal teacher Kenneth Goldsmith with a focus on orchestral repertoire under Raphael Fliegel.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Meyer has spent several summers at Soundfest String Quartet Institute with the Colorado Quartet, both in the Apprentice Program as a high school student and in the Professional Studies Program with the Kalliope Quartet, which she co-founded at The Cleveland Institute of Music. Other chamber music mentors include Peter Salaff, James Dunham, and Norman Fischer.
History of String Chamber Groups
|Philharmonic Association String Quartet 2017-18||Samuel Zhu and Shania Khoo, violins, Esther Zhu, viola; Stephen Chang, cello||Karen Galvin, coach|
|Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet 2017-18||Krista Wiese and Sarah Chang, violins; Allie Chandler, viola; Mary Kolbas, cello||Maria and David Meyer, coaches|
|Philharmonic Association String Quartet 2016-17||Samuel Zhu and Shania Khoo, violins, Esther Zhu, viola; Jaeyoung Jung, cello||Karen Galvin, coach|
|Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Trio 2016-17||Rohan Krishnan, violin; Swaycha Goli, viola; Stephen Chang, cello||Libby Phelps, coach|
|Triangle Youth Symphony String Quartet 2016-17||Krista Wiese and Sarah Chang, violins; Karl Peterson, viola; Mary Kolbas, cello||Maria and David Meyer, coaches|
|Philharmonic Association String Quartet 2015-2016||Ben Mygatt and Samuel Zhu, violins; Hannah Payunk, viola; Jaeyoung Jung, cello||Karen Galvin, coach|
|Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet 2015-2016||Theresa Webber and Esther Zhu, violins; Katie Hicks, viola; Frank Donini, cello||Maria and David Meyer, coaches|
|Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Trio 2015-2016||Rohan Krishnan, violin; Sejin Park, viola; Stephen Chang, cello||Nathanial Yaffe, Coach|
|Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet 2014-2015||John Pashby and Andrew Brewster, violins; Mary Eyre, viola; William Pashby, cello||Elizabeth Beilman, Coach|
|Philharmonic Association String Quartet 2014-2015||Ben Mygatt and Samuel Zhu, violins; Hannah Payunk, viola; Jaeyoung Jung, cello||Amy Mason, Coach|
|Philharmonic Association String Quartet 2013-2014||Aria Cheregosha and Ben Mygatt, violins; Dominick Douglas, viola; Albert Feng, cello||Amy Mason, Coach|
|Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet 2013-2014||John Pashby and Andrew Brewster, violins; Michelle Orro, viola; William Pashby, cello||Elizabeth Beilman, Coach|
|Music Advocates String Quartet 2012-2013||Maitreyi Muralidharan and Iris Sun, violins; Gen Palmer, viola and Myriah Luke, cello||Marta Partridge and Jake Wenger, Coaches|
|String Quartet 2009-2010||Maitreyi Muralidharan and Christine Nam, violins; Gen Palmer, viola and Amika Singh, cello||Margaret Hryniuk, Coach|
|String Quartet 2007-2008||Carter and Wyatt Coleman, violins; Simon Ghofrani, viola; Grace Hartman, cello||Dovid Friedlander, Coach|
|String Quartet 2006-2007||Lucas Wollenzien and Anna Maria Collins, violins; Valerie Romano, viola and Drew Comstock, cello||Hugh Partridge, Coach|
|String Quartet 2006 – 2007||Anne Slaughter and L.E. Alexander, violins; Hannah Rich, viola and Betty Anderson, cello||Bonnie Thron and Anton Jivaev, Coaches|