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Christopher Jones

Cellist, business manager and musical director.

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John Biatowas, 2nd violinist and violist, studied under Phoebe Barron for 13 years. He has played in numerous small baroque ensembles affiliated with the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. John is a graduate of Colgate University in central New York where he was an active member of the Colgate University Orchestra. In addition to orchestral performance, John was a member of the Colgate Chamber Players. He holds a performers certificate from the University of Connecticut and has completed all coursework for his Masters in Performance of Violin and Viola. He is currently a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
Danielle Turano, NewDanielle Turano has performed in diverse venues throughout the world. She has appeared as a soloist with The World Scholar-Athlete Games Orchestra at The University of Rhode Island, and as a section leader with The New Britain, Waterbury, and West Hartford Symphonies as well as The Hartford Festival Orchestra. Her chamber music groups include the Da Capo Strings, the Arioso Ensemble, and the Melalegno Quartet. She has participated in various festivals including the Kulturfestival in Switzerland, the Sessione Senese per la Musica Festival, in Italy, the Arcady International Music Festival in Maine, and the Hope Out Loud Music & Peace Festival in Hartford, Connecticut. She has taken part in master classes at The Juilliard School of Music and at New York University with world-renowned classical violinists that include Itzak Pearlman, Marco Zurlo, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Brian Lewis. Danielle has studied violin with premier artists such as Anton Miller, Brunalinda Myftari, and Anthea Kreston at The Hartt School of Music from where she holds a Bachelors degree in violin performance.
Benjamin Dean, violinist, Ben Dean (Violin, Piano) began musical studies on the violin at age five. Since then, his love for music has led to the pursuit of a dual major in Violin Performance and Music Education at the Hartt School of Music. He currently studies under Micky Reisman, a nationally renowned classical violin instructor. In addition to training as a classical violinist, Ben is accomplished in the realms of bluegrass, folk music, and jazz violin. He recently won first place in the adult division of the 2004 D'Addario competition at the Podunk Bluegrass music festival. Benjamin is available for performances as a strolling violinist, information about these services and his recent CD are available at his web page. He teaches lessons, performs regularly and has done innovative work as a studio violinist for his own CD and recorded for others.