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Elisabeth Hope

Elisabeth Hope

Elisabeth Hope grew up as a "Suzuki kid" in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she treasures fond memories as a member of a Suzuki studio and violin tour group.  Mrs. Hope obtained two bachelor degrees (in music and communications) from George Mason University and a master's degree in music from the University of Houston.  She and has been featured as a soloist with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, George Mason Symphony Orchestra, George Mason Chamber Orchestra, and Kingwood Pops Orchestra.  Mrs. Hope is in demand as a freelancing violinist in addition to running a thriving private studio in Dickinson, TX, where she offers private lessons, group lessons, and numerous recitals and concerts in exciting locations around the community.  Mrs. Hope is also a founding faculty member of the Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble, Houston's premier Suzuki tour group.  Mrs. Hope is pleased to be offering Hope Violin Studio's Region and All-State camp for its fifth year.  

Ruth Bacon Edewards

Ruth Bacon Edewards, violin

Ruth Bacon Edewards is in her seventh season as a core violinist with the Knoxville Symphony.  She began her violin studies at the age of four in her native New Mexico.  Some of her best musical memories were made in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony program, which toured in Europe and Mexico when she was in high school.  Ms. Edewards went on to study Suzuki Pedagogy in undergrad and violin performance in graduate school, receiving her Master’s of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2010.  She was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow for two summers, and she toured internationally with Star Wars in Concert. In addition to orchestral playing and teaching private students, Ruth loves chamber music and is a member of Inner Voices String Quartet in Knoxville.  She spends her summers teaching as a guest clinician for summer violin camps and playing Principal Second violin with Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia. She and her husband, Dr. Ace Edewards, live near Downtown Knoxville, where they enjoy drinking good coffee, exploring historic neighborhoods, hiking in the Smokey Mountains, and cuddling with their two orange tabbies, Hastings and Poirot.

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Lorento Golofeev

Lorento Golofeev, viola

Lorento Golofeev is a member of both the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, where he holds the position of Assistant Principal Viola. In addition, he is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. In the past, he has also performed frequently with Mercury Baroque Ensemble and the Bach Society of Houston. Lorento maintains an active teaching career, both at his private studio and at the American Festival for the Arts, which is held every summer in Houston for middle and high school students.

Lorento started his musical career at the age of 5 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. First Lorento started on violin and later, at the age of 17, he switched to viola. Before coming to the United States, he worked in Moldova in National Philharmonic Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra and Moldavian Opera and Ballet Theatre, with whom he toured all over Europe.

In his spare time, Lorento enjoys arranging music for string ensembles in both classical and pop styles. He is the founder of Ion String Quartet, dedicated to merging classical traditions with rock and pop music.

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Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams, Violin

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Violinist Melissa Williams is currently a regular substitute with the Houston Ballet and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and has also performed as a member of National Ballet of Canada, Esprit, Saskatoon, Okanagan, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

Born and raised in Kelowna, BC, Canada Melissa moved to Houston TX in 2012 to pursue Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music ('14)

with Paul Kantor after completing a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman.

Melissa has participated in the Tanglewood Music Centre, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Mannes Institute for Contemporary Performance in NYC summer programs, and participated in the Kronos Quartet’s professional training workshop at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Annex String Quartet. Melissa is also a founding member of the Ion Quartet, a genre-bending String Quartet whose video recordings can be found on their YouTube channel.

Melissa maintains an active private teaching studio in Houston TX, has served as a guest

orchestra clinician in CFISD, and is a frequent guest teacher for Region and All-State