Robert Battey, Director (Cello)
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M., S.U.N.Y.- Stony Brook; also studied at Indiana University. Pupil of Bernard Greenhouse and Janos Starker. Cellist of professional quartets in Florida and Missouri; also played with the National Symphony and the New York City Opera Orchestra. Former faculty, S.U.N.Y.- Potsdam, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Levine School (Washington, DC). Blogger and clinician for CelloBello.com. Hundreds of music reviews and articles in the Washington Post and STRINGS magazine, and at abeastinajungle.com.
Nancy Baun (Cello)
Pupil of Orlando Cole, fellowship at Aspen Institute, and studied chamber music with Menahem Pressler and Timothy Eddy. Founding cellist of the critically-acclaimed Eaken Piano Trio; now cellist of the Ravel Trio, Tapestry Cello Ensemble and the Lithuanian Jazz string quartet, Kalnas. Formerly a faculty member of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference of the East.
June Huang (Violin)
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.A., U.C.-Santa Barbara; additional studies at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Director of Strings and Assistant Professor of Violin, George Mason University. Violinist with Opera Lafayette. Former concertmaster of the Washington Bach Consort and the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra.
Carl Iba (Violin)
Graduate of Indiana University; studied with Ani Kavafian, Jascha Brodsky, and Elisabeth Adkins; former Concertmaster of Harrisburg Symphony and Lancaster Opera Orchestra; extensive experience in chamber music as performer and coach, and as a freelance violinist in Pennsylvania.
Molly Sharp (Viola)
B.M. Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University with Kathryn Plummer; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music with Heidi Castleman and chamber music with the Cavani Quartet. Violist of the Oberon Quartet for 22 years. Currently principal violist of the Richmond Symphony, and faculty artist at Virginia Commonwealth University. Creator of VlaTutti.com, and Bratsche Bunch, connecting adult violists to a community through online and in-person learning.
Julius Wirth (Viola)
B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Peabody Conservatory. Studied with Karen Tuttle, Francis Tursi, Marcus Thompson, and Jeffrey Irvine. Chamber music studies with members of the Cleveland and Fine Arts quartets. Currently principal violist of the National Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony; was also principal of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra for nearly 20 years.