2013 Prizewinners

Quartet Morina
GOLD MEDALISTS
 

Genevieve Smelser, violin (DeKalb, IL)
Rachel Stenzel, violin (Holiday Hills, IL)
Aidan Perreault, viola (Skokie, IL)
Christopher Gao, cello (Buffalo Grove, IL)

Quartet Morina is an ensemble of the Midwest Young Artists chamber music program.  Its members are Genevieve Smelser and Rachel Stenzel, violins, Aidan Perreault, viola, and Chris Gao, cello.  Together they represent all four years of high school:  Genevieve, age 18, is a senior; Rachel, age 16, is a junior; Chris, age 16, is a sophomore; and Aidan, age 15, is a freshman.  They have been playing together since September of 2012, although Rachel and Chris have played together in other quartets for the past five years.  They received honorable mention at the Discover National Chamber Music Competition and have performed at the Chicago Cultural Center.  They have performed in master classes for Shmuel Ashkenasi and are coached by Mathias Tacke, both members of the former Vermeer Quartet.

Luna Quartet
SILVER MEDALISTS

Anna Humphrey, violin (Rogers, MN)
Emma Richman, violin (MPLS, MN)
Alexandra Sophocleus, viola (MPLS, MN)
Nora Doyle, cello (MPLS, MN)

The Luna String Quartet is a group of close friends who love music and making music together. They settled on the name The Luna String Quartet because their first official rehearsal together was on August 31, 2012, a night with a blue moon. There won’t be another blue moon until 2015. Luna is coached by Nancy Oliveros at the Artaria Chamber Music School. This year the quartet was featured on classical Minnesota Public Radio and will perform at the Fitzgerald Theater as part of the Minnesota Varsity Competition. They also received first prize in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Music Competition. They have participated in master classes with Erin Keefe and members of the Elias String Quartet. The Luna String Quartet is very excited to be part of the SPSQC.


 

Quatour Alliance
BRONZE MEDALISTS

Dawning Wellever, violin (Upper Arlington, OH)
Delaney Myers, violin (Columbus, OH)
Alexander Locke, viola (Bexley, OH)
Jesse Hsu, cello (Dublin, OH)

Quatour Alliance is comprised of violinists Dawning Welliver and Delaney Meyers, violist Alexander Locke, and cellist Jesse Hsu. Hailing from the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) in Worthington, OH, under the direction of Deborah Price, the quartet has participated in masterclasses and side-by-side residencies with renowned musicians including the St Lawrence String Quartet and Trio Cavatina, as well as Annie Fullard and Kirsten Docter of the Cavani Quartet and Peter Salaff from the Cleveland Quartet. They recently participated in The Midwest Young Artists 6th Annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition, where they were awarded Honorable Mention. In addition, Quatour Alliance enjoys performing outreach concerts, and has represented CMC at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, OH as well as at the Dowd Education Center, a facility used by the Homeless Families Foundation to provide enriching activities for homeless and at-risk school age children. Often sharing tea and hot chocolate while rehearsing in Debbie’s living room as well as making road trips up to Cleveland for guest coachings, they have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of preparing and performing their repertoire for both the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.