Joe began playing the cello as a young child and planned on becoming a classical cellist. That gradually changed over the years and by 2006 he abandoned his orchestral chair in exchange for rocking on stage as a member of The Avett Brothers. Joe is also an avid foodie and photographer.
Mackin is a rock violinist and backing vocalist for the American pop punk band Yellowcard. An original member since 1997, Sean has not only introduced violin to a genre not known to host stringed instruments but he is also famous for his stage acrobatics and backflips.
Chuck Israels is a composer/arranger/bassist who has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and many others.
Denver native and classically trained cellist, Neyla Pekarek tours full time with The Lumineers proving the cello can be at home in any environment, ranging from front porch clap rock to a sold out concert arena.
Born in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA in 1985, Ryan began with his Grandfather (who was also a fiddler) and his family’s polka band. Ryan was featured in this band, and he was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In addition to a full playing, touring and recording career, Edwin Livingston is also on the faculty at USC (University of Southern California) teaching bass & combos in the jazz studies department.
With old school training but a new school sound, Simply Three is re-shaping convention with its original works and innovative arrangements that blend classical style with popular songs of today.
Dr. Charles Laux has directed award-winning school orchestra programs in Nevada, Florida, and Ohio. Currently the Director of Orchestras for the nationally-recognized Alpharetta High School, Charles travels the nation as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator.
Deborah Perkins Ph. D is an award-winning orchestra director based out of North Texas. Currently teaching string pedagogy and string techniques, Dr. Perkins maintains an active schedule as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the United States and serves as a performing artist and clinician for Eastman Strings.
Mary Havenstrite is an accomplished orchestra director based in Plano, Texas. In addition to teaching, Mary is a member of ASTA, TMEA, TODA and a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.
As a master teacher and leader in the field of music education, she currently serves as a mentor to first year teachers in the Lewisville ISD and is a clinician for Eastman Strings and Music and Arts.
With a diverse background in music performance, conducting, music education, composing/arranging, and other art forms, Clark Chaffee has been widely recognized for innovation and excellence.
Patrick Clark is a multi-instrumentalist with a specialty in violin and fiddle. He is a full time faculty member of the Nevada School of The Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada where he teaches Suzuki violin and fiddling.
Ruth has earned many accolades including the RISE Teaching Award for Richardson ISD for innovation and creativity in the classroom, selected many times Most Influential Teacher by her students, and as the 2009 Texas Orchestra Director of the Year.
Having great success working with many of the world's top recording artists, entertainers, musicians, Kevin is involved in a myriad of events within the music, entertainment, television, multimedia and film industries.
Nicholas’ musical career as a conductor, violinist, and music educator has spanned over 25 years. In addition to gaining extensive conducting and violin performance experience in the professional realm, Ross has worked continuously with students ranging from the public school through university levels.
Randy’s first jazz album was released in 1983 and he has been touring the nation as a performer with his own groups, appearing as guest soloist with symphony orchestras and leading workshops for strings for 35 years.