Violinist Leyla Sanyer is a native of Madison, Wisconsin and U.W. Madison graduate. She has been active as a professional musician for the last 40 years. She has played with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Oakwood Chamber Players. Leyla also performs in the pit orchestras for Capitol City Theatre, Four Seasons Theater, and the Children's Theater of Madison. Many of Leyla's arrangements for chamber ensembles have been recorded and she is sought after as a performer and music educator. She taught for 38 years in the public schools of Wisconsin; first in Manitowoc and then Oregon. She conducts orchestras in the midwest and beyond.
Maureen McCarty plays violin in the CSQ. She has extensive experience as an orchestral musician: in the OCB in Barcelona, Spain, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), as well as orchestras in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan. She enjoys playing for theater productions, having performed with American Players Theatre, Madison Rep, and Milwaukee Rep. She was an string educator in the Monona Grove Public Schools. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is her alma mater.
Liz Deger, violist, has taught orchestra in the Verona, Oregon Public Schools, and Stillwater, MN Public Schools. Recently retired from Franklin, Public School District, she is currently teaching orchestra part time in Burlington WI. Liz is Principal Violist with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, and also performs with the Concord Chamber Orchestra and Cardinal Stritch Symphony Orchestra in Milwaukee. While in Madison, Liz performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison Savoyards Theater Orchestra.
Amy Harr is a freelance cellist and private teacher in the Madison area. She works with the Camerata String Quartet and Triple Play trio, the WYSO Chamber Music program and Capital City Theater. She was Principal Cello of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Denver Center Theater Company, Assistant Principal/Acting Principal Cello of the Houston Ballet Orchestra and has performed with the Colorado and Houston Symphonies and Houston Grand Opera. Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Orchestral Studies from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
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