Our Members



Born in Claresholm Alberta, DIANE LANE began her violin studies in Lethbridge before attending the Mount Royal Conservatory of Music in Calgary. Then Diane graduated from McGill University with her Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Yehonatan Berick. Diane continued her studies with Edmond Agopian at the University of Calgary and graduated with a Master's degree in violin performance in 2003. Diane is a founding member of the Lily String Quartet. In 2007, Diane attended seminars with the quartet at The Juilliard School of Music and Stanford University. She is Assistant Concertmaster of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and has an active teaching studio at Mount Royal Conservatory.  Diane has adjudicated for a number of festivals in Alberta and is an active orchestral and chamber performer, playing with ensembles in and around Calgary.

 

ELISA MILNER was born in Calgary, Alberta.  She began to learn violin with the Suzuki Method at the age of four.  Elisa attended the Academy of Music at Mount Royal College in Calgary where she studied with Joan Barrett of the Calgary Philharmonic. After moving with her family to Atlanta, Georgia, Elisa played with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra while studying violin with David Arenz of the Atlanta Symphony. Elisa then moved to Cleveland, Ohio and completed a Bachelors of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied violin with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. She then continued on to graduate studies at Kent State University studying with Ivan Chan and Kathy Meng-Robinson of the Miami Quartet as well as Semmy Stahlhammer, concertmaster of the Royal Swedish Opera. In 2006, Elisa and her husband Chip relocate to Grande Prairie, Alberta where Elisa taught violin at Grande Prairie Regional College, while Chip directed the freestyle skiing program. In Fall 2010, they relocated to Calgary for Elisa to play with the Calgary Philharmonic and Chip to coach freestyle skiing at Canada Olympic Park. Elisa loves teaching the violin and has maintained an active teaching studio for over 12 years. She currently teaches violin lessons long distance to Grande Prairie with the aid of video conferencing technology. She also plays regularly with the Lily String quartet, the Red Deer Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic. Elisa also enjoys improvising and playing music at her church. Elisa also has an active toddler, Oscar, who likes to sing and dance, and a baby girl named Pearl!










PATRICIA HIGGINS comes from Quebec and is the violist of the Lily String Quartet, a dynamic chamber ensemble. She studied with Francois Paradis, principal violist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. She obtained her Master's degree in viola at the Music Conservatory of Quebec. Patricia is an experienced teacher and has played with many orchestras including the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, the Saguenay Lac St-Jean Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.



Cellist ANDREA CASE has a Master's Degree in cello performance from McGill University where she studied on scholarship with Antonio Lysy. She spent her childhood in Calgary where she studied with John Kadz at the Mount Royal Conservatory. She made her solo debut in 1997 after winning the Calgary Concerto Competition. Andrea is the cellist of the Lily String Quartet, a group that is often heard live on CBC and has performed across Canada and the United States.  As well as being an avid chamber musician, Andrea is sought after as an orchestral musician, coach and teacher. She has adjudicated at festivals throughout Alberta and British Columbia, and teaches at the Amici String Program and summer school as well as the Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp. Andrea and her husband, jazz drummer Karl Schwonik, live in Calgary with their sons who keeps them running!