Daytona Beach String Quartet
 Biographies

Connie Murray
1st Violin

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Murray has a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Music Education having studied at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.  Doctoral studies were continued with the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Connie has over thirty years experience in teaching stringed instruments including teaching at the college level at the Crane School of Music.   She has performed in numerous chamber orchestras and pit orchestras and with such people as Robert Shaw, Sarah Caldwell, Virgil Thomas Johnny Mathis and Clay Aiken.   Also has performed with the Northern New York String Quartet and the Genesee Valley Orchestra on two European tours and two tours in China with the Montivani Orchestra.
Currently Connie is a member of the Daytona Beach Community Orchestra, the Space Coast Pops Orchestra and the Montivani Orchestra.

Mary Meridith
2nd Violin

Mary Meridith was educated in Britain where she received her degree in Education and Music.  She is also a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music as a teacher of the violin.
Mary worked for several years in Bermuda where she set up string programs in Elementary schools and taught private lessons on violin and piano, a task she has continued here in Florida. She has performed with the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra, the Menuhin Foundation String Quartet, Smokey Robinson, Lord Yehudi Menuhin and with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber in the first amateur performance of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Mary currently performs with the Daytona Beach Community Orchestra.

Penny Crouch
Viola

Penny Crouch started viola as a young child... continuing in college at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  She performed for over 20 years with the Sarasota-Florida West Coast Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.  She also performed with the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony at Tampa and St. Petersburg.  Penny has attended New College Festival in Sarasota where she studied with such famous violists as William Primrose, Joseph Gingold and Walter Trapnell.  She currently performs with the Daytona Beach Community Orchestra and other area quartets and small ensembles. Penny presently works as a reader advisor at the Talking Book Library in Daytona Beach.

Barbara Burton
Cello

Barbara Burton, the quartet's cellist, holds degrees in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Florida. Barbara is a retired professor of computer science at Daytona State College. She performs on cello regularly with the Daytona State College/Community Orchestra, the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra, and the St. James' Sinfonietta. She performed for many years with the Seaside Music Theater Orchestra and the Ormond Beach Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Barbara frequently performs on viola da gamba and other historic stringed instruments with the regional Renaissance groups Ars Antiqua, La Dolce Vita, and the Halifax Consort.

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