ASU School of Music String Project

Award-winning member of the National String Project Consortium, offering low-cost, high-quality instruction on violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

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Izayah Dutcher (Violin)

Izayah Dutcher (Violin)

Izayah Dutcher is a music performance major at Arizona State University. Izayah has studied the violin for 10 years.

Wei Guo (Cello)

Wei Guo (Cello)

Chinese cellist Wei Guo enjoys an active performing and teaching career in the United States and world-wide. Ms. Guo has been described as “a tremendous talent who plays with real passion and integrity,” (UW News). She currently works for the ASU String Project, as a passionate teacher of cello performance. Ms. Guo is pursuing her doctoral degree in cello performance at Arizona State University, under Prof. Thomas Landerschoot. In 2015, she graduated with a master’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wyoming, under Prof. Beth Vanderborgh, where she was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship. She also graduated from the prestigious Shenyang Conservatory of Music in her native country of China in 2010. Wei was a finalist at the 2013 National MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition and an Honorable Mention Winner of the 2014 Northwest MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Wei also served as principal cellist of the UW Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Guo recently performed at the Michael Bublé New Year 2016 'Hangover Party' at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. In Phoenix, she is cellist in the experimental indie rock band Tobie Milford and the Manuscripts.

Inna Karsheva (Violin)

Inna Karsheva (Violin)

Inna Karsheva, a native Bulgarian violinist, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and an Artist Certificate in Music from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She currently resides in Phoenix, where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at ASU in the violin class of Prof. Danwen Jiang. Ms. Karsheva has held teaching positions at the Joy of Music School and Knoxville Strings, as well as being an assistant with Suzuki Chamber Music Class and teaching privately. She was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Tennessee for two years. Ms. Karsheva has won numerous competitions and played for world class violinists in their masterclasses. She has served anywhere from a sectional player to a principal second violinist and concertmaster in many orchestras in Europe and the U.S. The things she enjoys the most are working in symphony orchestras, collaborating with other musicians in chamber ensembles and helping her students become better every day.

Elizabeth Kwan (Violin)

Elizabeth Kwan (Violin)

Elizabeth Kwan a junior music therapy major from Salt Lake City, Utah. She started piano lessons at the age of seven and violin at the age of ten. In high school, she participated in the Utah Youth Philharmonic and cultural groups, such as the Utah Chinese Folk Orchestra and the Utah Chinese Youth Chamber Ensemble. This is Ms. Kwan’s first year teaching in the String Project.

Jun Lee (Cello)

Jun Lee (Cello)

Jun Lee is a sophomore at ASU. He began his music studies on the piano at age eight and cello studies at age ten with Anne Gratz, Tucson Symphony Principal Cello. He has studied with Mary Beth Tyndall, and is currently studying with Thomas Landschoot, Associate Professor of Cello at ASU, Artistic Director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Series, and a member of the Rossetti Quartet. Mr. Lee has been the recipient of many awards, including the Young Artist Competitions of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Tucson, Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar, and the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson, Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar Orchestra, Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and performed The Swan with the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker. Also, he has served as the Principal Cello of the Regional Orchestra, and was a member of the Arizona All-State Orchestra. He is currently studying a bachelor's degree in Cello Performance.

Sofia Murillo (Violin)

Sofia Murillo (Violin)

Sofia Murillo is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University. She is from Surprise, Arizona, and began playing violin when she was in kindergarten and has continuously studied privately since that time. Throughout middle school and high school she participated in the West Valley Youth Orchestra and the Phoenix Youth Symphony for a total of 8 years and now plays in the ASU Philharmonia. Over the summers the past few years, she has taken part in several string quartet camps, taking on leadership roles within the quartets she was a part of. This is Sofia’s first year as a teacher in the String Project.

Angelese Pepper (Cello)

Angelese Pepper (Cello)

Angelese Pepper, 21, is a cellist, organist, and composer from Tucson, AZ. She started out as an organ performance major at Arizona State University, but switched to cello performance after a year and is currently studying with renowned cellist and teacher Tom Landschoot. Ms. Pepper has won fellowships from the National Symphony Orchestra to attend their Summer Music Institute for three summers, and has won numerous scholarships and awards for her compositions and performances. She has attended several chamber music festivals and seminars, and has worked with the Ying and Brentano quartets. As a cellist, Ms. Pepper plans to pursue a master’s degree and hopes that her experience as a composer and versatile instrumentalist will help her begin a successful career in music. 

Claire Reid (Bass)

Claire Reid (Bass)

Claire Reid is from Cleveland, Ohio and is currently a sophomore studying music therapy. This is her second year in the String Project as bass teacher. With 10 years of bass playing, she has played in numerous groups, including the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and ASU’s Philharmonia.

Amanda Romani (Violin, Viola)

Amanda Romani (Violin, Viola)

Amanda Romani teaches violin and viola.

 

Jennifer Son (Cello)

Jennifer Son (Cello)

Jennifer Son enjoys teaching cello and has visions to travel to parts of the world where Western classical music education is limited and share her passions there. She has recently been invited as resident artist in music festivals such as Con Brio in Bombay, India, where she was given the opportunity to collaborate and teach with artists from around the world. The Director of Con Brio festival has shown interest in having her back as resident cello teacher. This past summer, as the Young Artist in Residence, Ms. Son joined and performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra at the Steamboat Springs Music Festival. Son participated in quartet seminars with the St Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University, the Aldot Parisot Cello Festival, the Banff Center Cello Festival, the Cello Symposium in Sitka, Alaska, and many more. She also represented British Columbia with her chamber ensemble and won various awards and prizes at the Canadian Nationals Music Competition. Son also served as faculty and music instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts, Cuyahoga Community College, as well as Interlochen Center for the Arts. Son is an alumna of the prestigious Vancouver Academy of Music where she began her cello studies with Audrey Nodwell at the age of six. Ms. Son received her Bachelor’s of Music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with their top scholarship award, and completed Master of Music degrees in cello performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Son is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at ASU under the tutelage of Professor Thomas Landschoot. Her primary teachers include Dr. Tanya L. Carey and Dr. Melissa Kraut.

Annie Vincent (Violin)

Annie Vincent (Violin)

Annie Vincent is a native of Chandler, Arizona. She was introduced to music at a young age and persuaded her grandmother to help her begin violin lessons.  She started her studies with the Suzuki method, but through the years has also received instruction from several mentors in traditional methods. She is currently pursuing a music education degree from Arizona State University. While in high school at Corona del Sol, Ms. Vincent was a member of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a member of the Tempe Symphony, Mesa Community College Orchestra and various local church groups. Ms. Vincent has also taught as a long term substitute for a middle school orchestra in the Kyrene district. In addition to the violin, she also plays the flute, oboe, and English horn. Ms. Vincent resides in Gilbert with her husband of 15 years, two children (10 and 7) and their miniature schnauzer. In her spare time she loves traveling, reading and cooking new recipes.