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Annabelle Gardiner

SISP Faculty – Violin; Annabelle Gardiner is an Associate Professor of Music at Southeastern University. Ms. Gardiner teaches violin, string techniques, chamber music, chamber orchestra, and music theory at Southeastern University and is a member of Spiritus, the faculty piano trio. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Gardiner received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in…

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Song Xie

Song Xie is a Professor of Music in violin/viola, chamber music, and music director/conductor of the Belhaven String Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra at Belhaven University. Song is a long-time soloist, chamber musician, symphony orchestra leader. His solo competition awards include the Chinese National Violin Competition, LSU Young Artist Concerto Competition, and he was a…

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Nicholas Tavani

Lauded by the Washington Post for his “brilliant musicianship,” violinist Nicholas Tavani debuted in Washington, D.C.’s Gaston Hall at the age of eight. As a chamber musician, recitalist, and concerto soloist, Mr. Tavani has performed extensively to critical acclaim in the United States and around the world. As first violinist of the Aeolus Quartet, he…

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Mary Irwin

Mary Irwin received a Master of Music from Northwestern University. Her teachers include James Ceasar, Jerry Lucktenberg, Marge Pardee and Josef Gingold. 18-year symphony career with the Wichita Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, and 12 years with the Columbus Symphony. Ms. Irwin has performed solos with a number of ensembles, most notably the Brevard Music Center,…

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Alana Pritchard Carithers

Orchestra Alana Pritchard Carithers, violin, graduated in 1999 from Northwestern University with a double Master of Music degree in violin performance and pedagogy. During her time at Northwestern, she served as Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Principal Second Violin of the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. She was one…

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