Beth Argiro, Owner of And I Love Her Violins, Viola and Violin
Beth Argiro began her love of the viola at age 12. She is graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education. She was a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra viola section for 14 years and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Beth has performed with the Toledo Symphony, Orchestra of New York City, Ash Lawn Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. She currently plays numerous weddings and events throughout the Hampton Roads and Outer Banks Area. And I Love Her Violins are the recipient of the national Weddi Award, 2016 from Wedding Wire. The award is for the most endorsements in the Music Ceremony Category.
Anastasia Migliozzi, Violin
Anastasia Migliozzi is known around here as Stacey. She moved to Virginia in 1990 and is member of the Virginia Symphony. Stacey, a graduate of Julliard, spends her time performing with many of the arts organizations in Hampton Roads. Stacey is on the faculty at Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and The Governor’s School for the Arts. Stacey really enjoys playing weddings because she gets to share in people’s most special day.
Tracy McDonald, Violin
Tracy McDonald received violin performance degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA). She has been performing professionally for over 20 years in a variety of groups including the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Spoleto Music Festival.
Christina Morton, Violin
Christina Morton began the violin at age 8 and joined her first youth orchestra at the age of 11. She currently conducts the Junior and String Orchestras for the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia and has recently retired after 30 years as a professional violinist with the Virginia Symphony. Performing with fellow musicians is one of the great joys of her life. (She holds degrees in Music Education from Northwestern University and a Masters in Education from Old Dominion University). She has an active Suzuki Method violin and cello studio as well as violin instructor for two inner city school grant programs through the Academy of Music. Traveling overseas and organizing tour programs for both the youth orchestra and the Suzuki community have given her the opportunity to perform in churches, monasteries and concert halls in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, England, Czech Republic, Italy and Peru.
Sarah Hamilton, Violin
Sarah Hamilton has been a violinist and musician for fourteen years. She is currently majoring in music education at Old Dominion University, and played in the Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra for two years under the direction of Dr. Lucy Manning. She has taught violin and viola lessons privately for seven years, and has taught for three years with the Young Audiences of Virginia for after school strings programs. She has taught middle school orchestra in Chesapeake from 2015-2017, and is now the director of bands and orchestras at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic School in Virginia Beach.
Sue Waters, Violin
Sue Waters received her Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Maryland. While in the DC area she played at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap.. She’s been a member of the Maryland, Virginia, Corpus Christi, Brevard and Hendersonville Symphonies. Currently she plays viola and violin for weddings on the Outer Banks and performs with the Trio La Mer.
Sarah Agrios, Violin
Sarah Agrios, a Chesapeake, Virginia native, has studied the violin for over twelve years. Her passion for the instrument is what brought her to Richmond, Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her primary teachers include Susanna Klein, former Principal Second Violinist of the Richmond Symphony, and Simon Lapointe, Principal Second Violinist of the Virginia Symphony. Sarah has performed at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont for two consecutive years and also Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Shirley Luu, Viola
Shirley Luu has played the viola for over 17 years. She minored in Music Performance while majoring in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University. During the day, Shirley is a water/wastewater engineer; at night, she is the principal violist of Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach). She is also the administrator of the Hampton Roads Chamber Players and performs various types of music, from classical to modern folk, at different venues throughout the Hampton Roads area.
Jeffrey Phelps, Cello
Jeffrey Phelps is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, earning degrees in both cello performance and orchestral conducting. Jeff is cellist of the Alborada Piano Trio and has enjoyed recent performances with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Ballet Theater and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Jeff is currently Instrumental Music department Chair at the Governor’s School for the Arts and serves as Music Director of the GSA Orchestra. Together, Jeff and GSA musicians have performed at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and venues throughout Europe and Japan. In the summer, Jeff performs and teaches in Colorado as faculty of the Chamber Music of the Rockies. Jeff is a SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellow and three-time recipient of Stiftung Thyll-Dürr grants. Jeff has what he thinks is a rational fear of bears.
John Husser, Cello
John Husser began his musical studies at the age of five at the Vancouver Academy of Music. His main instrument was cello until he switched to bass in is late teens. John received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Virginia Tech in 1993. He now is a freelance bassist and cellist in the Tidewater area as well as NE North Carolina. He can be found performing with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Chorale, Cantata Chorus, Chrysler Hall and Sandler Center musicals, and throughout the Hampton Roads Area.
Stephen Carlson, Trumpet
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, trumpeter Stephen Carlson joined the Hampton Roads musical community in 1975. His career with the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera spanned thirty-eight years, the first twenty-seven as it’s Principal Trumpet. He has appeared in numerous solo performances with the Virginia Symphony, and with orchestras and concert bands throughout the United States. Carlson’s career also featured numerous recital performances with both piano and with organ accompaniment. Dr. Carlson has taught at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Michigan. Currently, Dr. Carlson is Professor of Trumpet (Adjunct) at Old Dominion University, and he maintains a private studio. He has earned degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and the Catholic University of America, and has studied with internationally respected teachers. His former students hold positions at all levels of teaching and performing (including the Canadian Brass!).
Gustavo Andres, Organ
Mr. Andres is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his piano training at the age of 6 and subsequently his organ studies at the “Conservatorio Nacional” of Buenos Aires with Professor Luis Caparra. Before coming to the United States, he was the Organist for the Basilica of “Sagrado Corazón” and “Nuestra señora del Pilar” in Buenos Aires. He has taken master classes with Key Koito, Daniel Roth, Peter Planyavsky, Martin Haselböck, Paul Jacobs and Michael Radulescu. He has performed recitals as a soloist and accompanist in Argentina, Bolivia, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia and the United States. He graduated from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, where he studied with Stephen Roberts. He completed his Master’s degree in organ performance and Performer Diploma at Indiana University under the guidance of Dr Christopher Young. He currently serves as Organist and Music Director at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.
Steve Raisor, Classical Guitar
Dr. Steve Raisor attended the Berklee College of Music, received a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from Barton College, a Masters in Music Performance from Norfolk State University, a Masters in Music Theory from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Florida State University. Dr. Raisor is the Associate Professor of Music at the College of the Albemarle where he teaches music theory, music appreciation, applied music and humanities.
Kim Kalman, Guitar and Vocals
Kim Kalman, Vocals/Guitar is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Kim earned her degree in business management while performing in local venues. After careful consideration, Kim chose to apply her business skills to her own career in the music business. She followed her heart and never looked back! That road took her all the way to Nashville, Tennessee where Kim has recorded all her current CD’s: Moonlight, At Last, Close and her most recent releases, I’m Not Alone, A Christmas to Remember and Let the Door Swing Wide. Visit her online at KimKalman.com
Cris Pelausa, Classical Guitar
Cris Pelausa has played guitar for over 15 years. He has both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Old Dominion University. He has taught private guitar lessons for 10 years as well as applied guitar at Tidewater Community College for 2 years. He has also taught in public elementary schools both in Norfolk and Virginia Beach for 8 years teaching general music, chorus, and orchestra. Cris plays with various musical ensembles and bands in the area including PC Duo, On the Bright Side, and the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra. He regularly plays all over Hampton Roads and has performed in North Carolina, Canada, and Costa Rica. Visit him online at pcduo.webs.com
Patrick Garrison, Classical Guitar
Patrick Garrison has been playing guitar for over 16 years. He received his Masters in Music Education from Old Dominion University and is currently the choral director at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, VA. Patrick teaches applies lessons at Tidewater Community College. A classically trained musician, Patrick plays with both a local rock band as well as recording his own compositions. Visit him online at pcduo.webs.com
Eldon Sully, Classical Guitar
Eldon Sully is a native of Leonia, New Jersey and currently resides in the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia. With over 30 years of international professional musical experience, he is well-versed in many musical styles including jazz, rock, pop, country, classical, Celtic, traditional and contemporary gospel, and inspirational music. Most notably he has been a featured performer in several shows with Windborne Productions. These shows celebrate the music of iconic artists and bands such as The Eagles, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Pink Floyd. He also has considerable performance experience as a solo guitarist for weddings and social events, as well as in small combos, jazz big bands, wind ensembles, symphony and musical theater orchestras, and Praise and Worship bands.