Amy Greenhalgh has worked as a violist throughout Europe, with ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and National Symphony Orchestra of Malta, as well as recording for labels such as Decca, EMI, and Deutsche Grammophon. In 2009, Amy won the position of principal viola of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Chile. Amy moved to the USA in 2015 and lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She plays with groups including the Saint Louis Symphony and Zafira, St. Louis' Electric String Quartet. Amy also arranges and transcribes works for musicians, designs and creates education concerts for children and adults, and is Director of Strings at Washington University in St. Louis.
St. Louis cellist Ranya Iqbal maintains a busy performance schedule and an eclectic mix of musical output. She performs regularly with Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. Recently, she performed with Stages St. Louis for world premiere of The Karate Kid the Musical. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Zafira String Quartet, the first and only electric string quartet in St. Louis. She is also the principal cellist and co-founder of the conductorless chamber orchestra, the St. Louis Chamber Soloists.
In addition to orchestral and chamber work, Ranya is often collaborating with great local Jazz, Hip-Hop, World, and Folk musicians in special concerts and on albums. She regularly records as a session cellist in many of the St. Louis recording studios.
Outside of performing, most of Ranya's time is spent working with the St. Louis String Collective, and educational non-profit she co-founded with two other St. Louis string musicians. The St. Louis String Collective promotes creative, multi-genre string instrument playing through educational programming and performance opportunities.
Adam Anello is a freelance musician and teacher in the St. Louis area. He performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony, as well as the Kansas city and Memphis Symphony Orchestras. He has served as principal for both the Illinois Symphony and the Muny orchestra, as well as performed as guest principal for the Royal Northern Sinfonia. As a chamber musician Adam has performed regularly with Chamber Project St. Louis and the Gesher Music Festival. Adam received his Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory and his Master’s degree from Boston University. Upon graduation Adam was awarded a fellowship with the New World Symphony. Adam currently is on faculty at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. In his free time Adam enjoys spending time with his family, running, and throwing the frisbee to his dog Mister, a border collie mix with lots of energy.
Shannon Merciel is a freelance cellist and teacher based in St. Louis. She is a dynamic performer appearing as an orchestral and chamber musician in the US and abroad. She performs with the Saint Louis Symphony and Illinois Symphony and was most recently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is the cellist of Trio Doyenne, an international piano trio founded in Glasgow in 2018, who appears in concert regularly in the UK and Europe and has been broadcasted on the National Radio of Lithuania. Shannon teaches privately at the Community Music School of Webster University and Suzuki Harmony STL. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Master of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Louis Privitera engages his students and audiences by advocating for music as a tool for inclusivity and creativity. Louis was a founding member of the Tetra String Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to combining performance with public service. During his eleven-year tenure, Louis was at the forefront of creating meaningful musical experiences for underserved communities. Louis’s teaching philosophy stems from the belief that every student can learn an instrument if they are provided with the right tools and a supportive environment. In 2018, Louis was named by The Arizona Republic as one of twenty-four emerging leaders in the arts. Louis Privitera is currently based in St. Louis.