The Loras String Ensemble has only been around for a short while, but is now making more and more appearances in the Loras community. Currently the string ensemble is a quartet made up of two violinists, a violist and a cellist. The members of the group are senior Ayla Graziano, junior Elizabeth Tigges, junior Meghan Peterman and first-year Cora Shefchik.
“The group meets weekly for about one and a half to two hours and has performed at music department events, school banquets, and church ceremonies,” said the group’s instructor Dr. Paul Price-Brenner. The group hopes to continue recruiting more string players.
Price-Brenner is interested in recruiting more musicians regardless of major.
“Students can take chamber strings for credit or not, and hopefully, the class will be offered as a special topics course soon,” Price-Brenner said. “I am attempting to reach out to string players at Loras College who aren’t currently playing in an ensemble. My goal is to increase the size of the ensemble to that of a string orchestra. All string players, regardless of level, are invited to join the Loras Chamber Strings. They should contact me for more information.”
Not only has this group made an impact on the school, it has also made an impact on some of the musicians in the group.
“During my college search, I had three criteria,” said Peterman, “it needed to be local, it needed to have a good English program, and it needed some kind of string orchestra. In other words, the chamber strings group is why I’m here.”
Graziano also expresses her appreciation for the group.
“Being a part of the string quartet at Loras has been the highlight of my four years. It has been an amazing opportunity to create and perform high quality music with my peers,” said Graziano.
The string ensemble will continue to be involved in numerous events throughout the semester. For more information, or for anyone interested in joining, contact Dr. Price-Brenner at email@example.com.