String Chamber Ensembles 2019-11-12T14:51:30+00:00

 String Chamber Ensembles

The Philharmonic Association String Quartet, with William Kalland narrator, performs an excerpt for the State of the Arts event at the NC Art Museum Auditorium on 1/16/18.

Philharmonic Association String Quartet Philharmonic Association String Quartet members 2019

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 Bonnie Thron, this ensemble continues to attain high levels of musicianship.

Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet 2019Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet

The Triangle Youth String Quartet performs repertoire for two violins, viola, and cello. This ensemble has a long tradition of musical service and has performed at festivals, before North Carolina Symphony and North Carolina Opera performances at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, retirement communities, museums, and at numerous community events. Currently coached by Bonnie Thron, this ensemble is our most advanced string quartet.

Bonnie Thron Principal Cello, NC SymphonyBonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She is an active chamber musician and recitalist and locally has been a guest artist with the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the Ciompi Quartet, as well as occasionally joining the Jacobowitz-Larkin Duo to form a clarinet trio called Three For All. In the Washington, D.C. area, she has recently been a guest with the American Chamber Players and performs regularly on the Washington Musica Viva series. For the past several summers, she has been a guest artist and teacher at the East Carolina University Summer Chamber Music Institute. In the summers, she plays in the Sebago Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.

Previously Thron was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg chamber music competition. Early in her career Thron was assistant principal cellist of the Denver Symphony for a season and she has played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. She has had a long history with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, as a guest artist and chamber music coach, and was involved in the group’s first Playing for Peace tour to the Middle East in 1991. Thron has performed concertos with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and various other orchestras in North Carolina and her original home state of New Hampshire.

Thron received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Norman Fischer and Elsa Hilger. Thron also received a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a case manager in home care nursing during which time she was also a cello teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

members of United Strings of Color 19-20United Strings of Color String Quartet

The United Strings of Color Quartet are passionate about community outreach and performing works by under-represented composers. They  presented a program featuring works by female and composers of color last spring at a Wake County Regional Library and for the African American Cultural Festival in August 2019. They will be premiering a rendition of the African tale, Ijapa and Mr. Igbin, with original music by Elmer Gibson, at Poe Elementary in March 2020.

History of String Chamber Groups

Philharmonic Association String Quartet 2019-20 Grace Chow and Seunne Khoo violins, Esther Zhu, viola; Mary Kolbas, cello Bonnie Thron, coach
Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet 2019-20 Caroline Zhu and Jayon Felizarta violins, Swaycha Goli, viola; Stephen Chang, cello Bonnie Thron, coach
United Strings of Color Quartet 2019-20 Kennedy Mitchell and CT Thomas, violins, Kenza Ngatchou, viola; Lexy Etienne, cello Margaret Partridge, coach
Philharmonic Association String Quartet 2018-19 Ethan Ng and Avery Seiger, violins, Esther Zhu, viola; Stephen Chang, cello Karen Galvin, coach
United Strings of Color Quartet 2018-19 Kennedy Mitchell and Felicia Adizue, violins, Jolie Duquene, viola; Lexy Etienne, cello Margaret Partridge, coach
Discovery String Quartet 2018-19 Amanda Johnson and Oliver Walters-Clift, violins, Madeleine Hurst, viola; Natalie Wiese, cello Margaret Partridge and Krista Wiese, coaches
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 Nathaniel 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; Myriah Luke, cello Marta Partridge and Jake Wenger, Coaches
String Quartet 2009-2010 Maitreyi Muralidharan and Christine Nam, violins; Gen Palmer, viola; 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; Drew Comstock, cello Hugh Partridge, Coach
String Quartet 2006 – 2007 Anne Slaughter and L.E. Alexander, violins; Hannah Rich, viola; Betty Anderson, cello Bonnie Thron and Anton Jivaev, Coaches