Quartet le Petit is a youth string quartet formed by four Starr's Mill High School students: Didi Stone, Lucas Nyman, Jodie Stone, & Richard Wang. They have been an intact group, rehearsing and performing together, since elementary school. Through the years, they have won local awards and have frequently performed in local events at restaurants, churches, and retirement homes as well as at weddings.
Their awards include:
- 2018 - Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition (Middle School) - 3rd Place and School Award
- 2019 - Kiwanis International Art & Music Showcase Peachtree City (Middle School) - 1st Place
- 2019 - Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition (Middle School) - 2nd Place
- 2021 - Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition (High School) - 2nd place
Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a year-round chamber music program for young string students in grades 6 through 12. Through the study of chamber music, students develop their artistic and interpretive talents as well as strengthen their leadership, expression, and communication skills. Students have regular coachings with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, masterclasses with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as career development, eurhythmics, Alexander Technique, and multiple opportunities to perform in public.
BellaNota Strings is a professional ensemble based in Atlanta since 2017. They have been building a diverse repertoire of songs to perform, developing their own unique and beautiful sound and have mastered an array of material in a spectrum of musical styles, with different combinations of musicians.
Revien is a contemporary chamber ensemble consisting of three members of the Georgia Guitar Quartet, with Phil Snyder on cello, Kyle Dawkins on guitars and electronics, and Brian Smith on guitars and electronics. All graduates of the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the trio embraces the classical repertoire and draws from the energy of rock and pop music as well incorporated into their programs.
Playing in a collection of Athens bands throughout their seventeen years together, the trio is equally at home in rock and chamber music lineups, and creates a compelling program for audiences, incorporating modern tech and prepared enhancements on their instruments - you might hear guitars and cello used as percussion, or guitar strings fitted with found objects to sound more like a sitar or an Indonesian gamelan, for instance.
The trio is regularly featured on NPR's Performance Today. Their most recent album, Dama, consists of all original compositions by the members.
Local, classical guitarists Scott Plato and Matthias Young perform for the Cannon Classical Music Series.
Scott Plato received his Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Georgia State University under the instruction of John Sutherland, a protegé of Andres Segovia. Scott then completed a Master of Music degree from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. In 1995 Scott founded the guitar department at Gainesville College in Gainesville Georgia and was the Head of Guitar Studies there until 2000.
Matthias Young is the Director of Music and Worship Production at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. His skills as both a classical and rock guitarist have allowed him to build a strong music program incorporating elements of both traditional and contemporary music in worship. Also a student of John Sutherland, Matthias studied at Berry College, Georgia State University, and Boston University. He currently teaches guitar at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, GA.
Bent Frequency Duo Project, Saxophone, Percussion
Sunday, December 12, 2021 4:00pm
in the Center Theater
Percussionist Stuart Gerber and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker are The Bent Frequency Duo Project. Stuart and Jan have commissioned over 20 new works for their duo and have given countless performances of this new repertoire across the US, Mexico, and Europe since 2014.
Atlanta-based Bent Frequency is the Southeast's premiere contemporary music ensemble. Founded in 2003, the group brings the avant-garde to life through adventurous and socially conscious programming, cross-disciplinary collaborations and community engagement. Committed to exploding marginalized programming in classical music, one of BF's primary goals is championing the work of historically underrepresented composers. Hailed as "one of the brightest new music ensembles on the scene today" by Gramophone magazine, BF engages an eclectic mix of the most adventurous and impassioned players in Atlanta.
Bent Frequency is an ensemble in residence at Georgia State University. As the BF Duo Project, Jan and Stuart have commissioned over 25 new pieces for saxophone and percussion and have toured extensively across the US and Europe. Their first CD, Diamorpha, was released on Centaur Records in May 2017.
A pianist and choral conductor, Barbara Luhn is Director of Music/Pianist at Nacoochee Presbyterian in Sautee. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and later earned the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College.
She resides in Clarkesville, GA, with her husband Dudley and king-of-cats, Winston Whiskers.
The Emory Youth Chamber Program (EYCP) provides intensive small ensemble training to young Atlanta-area pianists and string players. Students are generally 10-18 years old and are placed in groups of two to five musicians. Over the course of the semester groups receive eight coaching sessions from members of the Vega Quartet and participate in masterclasses with the Quartet as well as with guest artists.