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Jay Christy

Jay Christy is the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and has been a member of the Orchestra since 1992. He also served as Acting Associate Principal Second Violin from 2014-2017, and 2019-present. An active violin teacher and coach in the metropolitan Atlanta area, Mr. Christy is an Artist Affiliate at…

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Stephen Tavani

Violin Guest Artist – Week 2   Violinist Stephen Tavani joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 2018. The New York Times commented about his playing that “…Tavani sometimes cooled his tone to the smoothness of frosted glass, adding a soft-focus filter to the chiseled melodies…” Mr. Tavani has appeared as guest concertmaster with…

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Annabelle Gardiner

SISP Faculty – Violin Annabelle Gardiner is an Associate Professor of Music at Southeastern University, where she teaches violin, string techniques, chamber music, chamber orchestra, and music theory. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Gardiner received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.…

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Song Xie

Song Xie is a Professor of Music in violin/viola, chamber music, Director of Artist Diploma in violin performance, and music director/conductor of the Belhaven String Chamber ensembles 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,…

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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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