Sweetwater Strings
         
 
     
       
 
All of our musicians have at least five years of professional experience.
 
       
 


Owner and Violinist

Eily has been playing the violin since the age of 9, and received a degree in both Music Performance and Theatre Arts. She was chosen as one of the top violinists to play for Isaac Stern in celebration of his eightieth birthday. She performed for several years in orchestra and chamber ensembles, and taught violin at a private academy for gifted children. Specializing in Irish fiddle and folk music, she has a particular interest in cultural music and rich history of strings throughout the history of performance.

Eily is also a music teacher at a private school in Scottsdale, where she teaches general music to Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School students, and conducts the school orchestra.

Her goal is to create a modern and sophisticated string ensemble that embraces all styles of music; one that relishes the tradition and beauty of classic approaches, but incorporates the essence of our contemporary tastes.

 
       
       
 


Violinist and Music Manager

Myra has been performing as a recitalist and chamber musician to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe for over 25 years. She holds Bachelor & Masters degrees in Violin Performance.

In 1991 she was made a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S., traveling to Bangalore, India to give several concerts, as well as master classes and private instruction. She was the violinist of the piano trio, Tre Donne Musicante, for several years, and has also performed and recorded on numerous occasions with the reknowned guitarist, Flavio Cucchi, in the U.S. and abroad. In May 2008, she performed as soloist, conductor, and actor in the 2008 Vivaldi Festival, and later that year performed several concerts with opera Soprano, Helene Pouillon, in Paris, Versailles & Vertouil, France. 

She has had an active and successful private teaching studio for over 20 years collectively in Florida & Arizona, and currently performs as lead violinist with Sweetwater Strings, in addition to overseeing music composition for all ensembles.

 
       
       
 

 


Cellist

Jen holds a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master's Degree with Distinction in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. She has had an extensive career teaching school orchestra, and is currently the orchestra director at Mesa Jr. High and Lowell Elementary in Mesa, AZ. Jennifer has performed with the Racine Symphony, and was principal cellist with the Harper Community Orchestra in Palatine, IL. In addition to being the cellist of the Sweetwater Strings Quartet, she currently performs with the Chandler Symphony. 

 
       
       
 

 


Violinist and Violist

Annissa is the primary violist of the Sweetwater Strings Quartet, and  holds a degree in Viola Performance from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a higher degree of performance while playing in several ensembles across the valley, including the Musica Nova Orchestra. She recently had the honor of  participating in the Europa Chamber Music Program where she studied and performed in Prague. 

 
       
       
 

 


Violinist and Violist

Lali is an active musician originally from the L.A. area, where she studied with several members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and played for film studio orchestras, and in symphonies. She teaches privately, as well as performs on a regular basis for Sweetwater Strings. In addition, she plays with local symphonies, including Symphony of the Southwest , Musica Nova, and the Four Seasons Orchestra. 

 
       
       
 

 


Guitarist

Aaron is an accomplished guitarist who received his Bachelors and Masters in Guitar Performance from East Carolina University. He is currently in the Doctorate program at Arizona State University, and performs regularly in recitals and concerts throughout the valley, consistently adding music of all genres to his repertoire. In addition to performing with Sweetwater Strings, Aaron teaches at the Blackbird Music and Arts center, and assists and performs in stage performances and musical theatre here in Arizona. 

 
       
       
 

 


Guitarist

Brendan has received his Bachelors in Classical Guitar Performance from Arizona State University, and is currently finishing his Masters while teaching and performing throughout the Metro area. Taught by world class musicians, he has had the opportunity to travel abroad, and has performed throughout Spain as a soloist and a vocal accompanist. In addition to performing with Sweetwater Strings, he also plays guitar with the Phoenix Guitar Quartet and Los Zapatos Furiousos, an ensemble of tango dancers and musicians. 

 
       
       
 

 


Harpist

Laurie has been engaged in musical performance since she was a child, and has been playing the harp for over 20 years. She currently performs with her 1920's gold Wurlitzer harp, that was fully restored in 2005 for ideal projection, sound, and a stunning appearance. Laurie currently performs all around the Southwest, residing in Payson, while performing frequently in both Phoenix and Flagstaff.

 
       
       
 
           
     
     
     
     
 
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