Erin Snedecor is a cellist based in Washington, DC who specializes in contemporary performance, improvisation, and collaborative art. She works and performs with a wide variety of ensembles and orchestras in the DC and Maryland area. In addition to her classical performances, Erin is an active improviser, studio musician, and collaborator with dance troupes, theater groups, and beyond. Her current projects include rock band Pompeii Graffiti, indie/folk duo Black Rhinoceros, classical electronica quartet Doublespeak, and contemporary ensemble Balance Campaign. Erin received her BM from Ithaca College and her MM at University of Maryland.
Rebecca Hannigan, violin
Rebecca has played the violin since the age of seven. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Belmont University in 2009, and immediately got a job performing in a string quartet aboard a cruise ship. In 2011, she graduated at the top of her class from luthier school in Red Wing, MN, and returned to Nashville, TN to repair bows and instruments at a violin shop.
Since then, she has continued performing both on land and at sea. She has traveled to and performed in over 20 countries, in chamber groups, orchestras, and solo recitals. Her luthier career took her to Chicago for two years, and now she owns and operates Annapolis Bows & Violins in downtown Annapolis.
Natalia Merezhuk, violin
Natalia Merezhuk is a violinist from Moscow, Russia, who explores many cultures and genres of music and performs in the greater Washington D.C. area. After studying at the Moscow State Conservatory for several years she transferred to the Peabody Conservatory and received her Bachelor in Music Performance diploma in the spring of 2017.
Currently Natalia is an active performer who plays with such ensembles as the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and many other chamber ensembles in the area. She also steps outside the classical canon and frequently works as an improvising studio musician, as well as performs in styles such as bluegrass and jazz.
Troy Pryor, viola
Maryland native Troy Everett started his career at the age of 5 with the D.C. Youth Orchestra, which allowed him to perform at various high profile locations in D.C. At age 8 he began to study under Tsuna Sakamoto, a violist for the National Symphony Orchestra. Around this time, Troy was also able to study the drums and later the guitar. At the age of 12 Troy began his training in piano. At the age of 16, Sakamoto advised Troy to attend the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music to hone his skills even further. It was during his time that Troy was able to write his own music and develop his own sound in the form of instrumentals.
After receiving his performance degree from University of Maryland, Troy has continued to compose and produce his own music and play chamber music in the Washington DC area.
Ahren Buchheister, guitar
Ahren Buchheister is an Annapolis based guitarist and multi instrumentalist. He received his formal music training at Towson University where he studied Classical Guitar with Michael Decker (BSO, NSO) and Jazz Guitar with Steve Herberman.
He is an sought after freelance musician, session player, and teacher in the DMV, performing with various ensembles across genres.
Paul Bagley, violin and viola
Paul Bagley is a freelance violinist and violist based in College Park, MD. He performs with a wide variety of groups in the greater D.C. area and beyond, including as concertmaster and soloist. Regular engagements include the Annapolis Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Chamber Players, and, in the summer, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.
Outside of the classical scene, you might see Paul popping up in the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, or playing electric violin with a jazz band. He has also appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series with British indie band Alt-J as well as with Billy Corgan, former leader of the Smashing Pumpkins.
Originally from Duluth, MN, Paul received a BM in violin from the University of Wisconsin, Superior, and his MM from the main University of Wisconsin in Madison. He holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kristin Bakkegard, violin
Kristin Bakkegard is an active freelance violinist and teacher in the Washington, D.C. area, and serves as Associate Principal 2nd Violin of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She also performs regularly with many other ensembles including the Richmond Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, and Delaware Symphony. Kristin also enjoys chamber music, and performs with the Annapolis Chamber Players and Shepherd Trio. She has performed on multiple NPR Tiny Desk concerts, including one with the British band alt-J, and another with Billy Corgan, the lead singer of The Smashing Pumpkins.
Kristin has performed internationally in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Canada, and attended festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute. Kristin received her BM and MM in violin performance from Ithaca College and the University of Maryland, College Park, respectively.
Sandy Choi, violin
Born and raised in Chicago, violinist Sandy Choi has been praised by the Washington Post for her "assured, sinuous" playing, and by local critics for her "dazzling brilliance." An active freelance artist, she has performed with a wide range of ensembles including the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Southwest Florida Symphony, Urban Arias, Washington Concert Opera, and the Wolf Trap Orchestra.
Comfortable in many genres, she has shared the stage with artists ranging from virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine to jazz pianist Diana Krall, beloved operatic singer Andrea Bocelli, and legendary rock band, The Who. She has had the privilege of performing in some of the world's greatest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and the Teatro Communale di Firenze in Italy.
Kimia Hesabi, viola
Kimia Hesabi was born in a musical family in Esfahan, Iran. She has performed as both a violist and a percussionist across Iran. Kimia holds degrees from The University of Tehran and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ms. Hesabi Graduated top of her class at University of Tehran and worked with Tehran Symphony and National Orchestra. At The University of Tennessee, Kimia was honored to be a recipient of the prestigious Thomas Fellowship and was a member of the Graduate String Quartet.
Kimia is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Degree at The University of Maryland under Professor Katherine Murdock.
Kimia is greatly passionate about the music and culture of Iran and has organized performances promoting the music of her country all over the DC area.
Sophie Chang, cello
Sophie Chang is a classical and traditional cellist with regular performances around the DC region. She plays with the Alexandria Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, and Tysons McLean Orchestra. As a folk musician, Sophie plays dances and concerts around the area in olde time, English Country, Quebecois, and Irish styles, often with the band, Tea and Honey. She previously attended the Brevard and Bowdoin International music festivals as well as the Nief Norf New Music Festival. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Performance from Ithaca College and a Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee. As an avid music advocate and educator, she directs the Silver Silver Spring Cello Choir and is a sought after Suzuki and Music Mind Games teacher.