Violinist Sarah Goff began playing at age ten and studied with Dr. Laurie Scott, UT music professor and renowned Suzuki method expert, for eight years, during which time she played in many Texas All-State and All-Region Orchestras, in addition to earning ones in two separate Texas state solo and ensemble competitions. Sarah also plays the viola and studied a myriad of other instruments while earning her Bachelor's degree in music education from Texas State University. She has performed nationally and internationally with the Texas Suzuki Tour Group of Austin, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Texas State Symphony Orchestra, where she served as concertmaster, and Texas State String Quartet. Originally from Pflugerville, Sarah returned to Austin in 2006 to open her own studio; she also teaches Suzuki violin at Great Hills Baptist Church. Sarah plays on a French violin made by J. Didelot in the late 1800s.
2nd Violinist Katie Nott has over 20 years teaching and playing experience; she started with piano at age five and added violin at age ten. Katie graduated from Lake Forest College where she studied both violin performance and studio art. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design. As a freelance musician, Katie performs and records with many local bands and ensembles. This season also marks her ninth year with the Austin Civic Orchestra. Past orchestras include the Temple Symphony, DeKalb Symphony, North Suburban Symphony and Hillsdale College Community Orchestra. Growing up, she participated in the Ohio All-State and Regional Orchestras and also the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony. Katie has been a private violin instructor in Austin since 2003 with students at both Blackerby Violin Shop and Austin Strings.
Violist Shelley Bowers began her viola studies over 20 years ago. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she studied under Maestro Abraham Chavez and went on to later study violin and harp. She studied both music and anthropology at Texas State University and later attended The University of Texas at Austin for her graduate degree. She has performed nationally and internationally with orchestras and small ensembles including the El Paso Philharmonic, Texas State Symphony Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, Suroeste, Texas State String Quartet, among others.
Cellist Hector Moreno began his musical studies at the age of four in Austin, Texas, starting with piano and eventually switching to cello several years later. In 2004, he obtained his Bachelor's degree from Stanford University with concentrations in Cello Performance and Composition. As an undergrad, he developed a passionate interest in chamber music thanks to the influence of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In 2006, he completed his Master's degree at the University of Toronto where he studied with renowned Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston. Since moving back to Austin in 2007, Mr. Moreno has performed with a variety of orchestras and ensembles across Texas and has recently been employed by Austin's ZACH Theatre as a recurring band member. He regularly collaborates with local composers such as Graham Reynolds, Peter Stopschinski, and P. Kellach Waddle on new music premieres and recordings. Dedicated to teaching, Mr. Moreno maintains a busy studio made up of students of all ages. His cello is a black Luis & Clark carbon-fibre model created by Luis Leguia.