String Chamber Ensembles
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.
A native of Pittsburgh, Karen Strittmatter Galvin, began her musical training at the age of five. She 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, D.C. to pursue her master’s degree with Elisabeth Adkins at the University of Maryland.
Galvin is 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 Quartet. Along with two of her sisters, she has been performing as a member of the Strittmatter Trio since 1988.
Since moving to North Carolina, to take the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the North Carolina Symphony, 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 has served on the board of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild (now Chamber Music Raleigh), 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. Galvin performs during the summer with the Colorado Music Festival at Chataqua, in Boulder.
United Strings of Color String Quartet
The United Strings of Color Quartet are passionate about community outreach and performing works by under-represented composers. They will be ready to present a program featuring works by female and composers of color this coming spring.
Discovery String Quartet
The Discovery String Quartet performs educational programs, primarily at local elementary and middle schools. The group seeks to educate fellow youth musicians and inspire them to further pursue their own musical interests, perhaps by joining one of the Philharmonic Association’s ensembles. One of the feature pieces on their program was composed by Hugh Partridge to be played using balloons in order to spark discussion of what music actually is. The group’s other repertoire is scored for two violins, viola, and cello.
History of String Chamber Groups
|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||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|