Our Faculty   

Elisabeth Hope

Mrs. 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.

Hope Violin Studio teacher

Ruth Bacon Edewards

Guest Clinician for All-State camp

Ms. 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

Mr. 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
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.

Guest Clinician for All-State camp

Dawson White

Guest Clinician for All-State camp

Mr. Dawson White, viola

Dawson White is a member of the Houston Ballet Orchestra and joined the Houston Grand Opera viola section in 2016. His multifarious musical interests include performances with the Musiqa Contemporary Ensemble, Houston Latin American Philharmonic, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Jim Lowe, the Axiom and Kolonneh String Quartets and regular rock/pop/soundtrack recording sessions with Rogue Planet Studio.  Dawson received music degrees from Baylor and Rice University with Kathy Steely and Ivo van der Werff and led a concert series entitled New Art/New Music at the Rice Gallery with musical premieres based on site-specific art installations. In 2009, Dawson performed as Associate Principal Violist with the inaugural YouTube Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas and Carnegie Hall. Summer experiences include Aspen, Mimir and Astoria Music Festivals as well as the Austrian-American Mozart Festival in Salzburg.  A passionate music educator, Mr. White currently teaches at the University of St. Thomas where his students have earned admission to Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory as well as Aspen, Tanglewood, Heifetz, and Bowdoin music festivals. Previous teaching posts include Sam Houston State University and Lone Star College. Dawson is frequently invited to adjudicate competitions and auditions including Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, MTNA Regional Competition and Houston Civic Symphony Young Artists Competition among others.  Dawson grew up on a farm in East Texas where his family settled almost 100 years ago. When he’s not performing or teaching you’ll find him hiking, biking, kayaking, traveling or playing with a new gadget.