Established in 1997, the Artful Noise String Quartet is a highly experienced professional ensemble that provides music for entertainment all around New England. The quartet performs as the featured ensemble in a variety of concerts in addition to playing for weddings and other special events.
BM, Music Education; MA, Music History --
University of New Hampshire. Mr. Hodges is principal cellist of the New Hampshire Philharmonic. He is also a member of the Kelsh Trio and the Brinkler Piano Trio. His teachers have included Mary Rasmussen, Larry Veal, Sato Knudsen, Andres Diaz, and David Wells. In addition to the cello, Mr. Hodges also plays the viola da gamba. He has been member of the Goodmorrow Consort, the Portland Early Music Consort, and the Woodman Consort. Mr. Hodges is involved with string music education, teaching violin, viola, cello and chamber music. He teaches strings at the Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, NH. Mr. Hodges directs the Phillips Exeter Summer School Orchestra. In addition, he maintains private teaching studios in Amherst, Manchester, and Concord. Gary and his family live in Amherst, NH.
Lynne White McMahon
, violin. Lynne is a freelance violinist who has played and taught in New England for
twenty years. She graduated from Smith College with degrees in Music Performance and Music Education. Playing in chamber groups and with choral groups is one of her passions, and she has played with many groups in New England, including Mostly Baroque, New England Festival Orchestra, and the Portland Symphony. In addition to performing regularly as a member of the Artful Noise String Quartet and Trio Arioso, Lynne has taught in many area schools including Berwick Academy and River Tree Arts. She established the strings program in the York, Maine public school district, conducts the Bow Street Junior Ensemble in Portsmouth, NH and teaches privately in her studio at home in Cape Neddick, Maine.
, violin. Melissa studied with Dr. Laura
Mount of the Juilliard School, and performed for several years with the New York Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall. She received her B.A. at UNH, where she studied with Robert Eshbach, and was Concertmaster of the UNH Symphony. In addition to the Artful Noise String Quartet, Melissa performs regularly as a freelance musician and as a member of the French and Celtic trio La Madeleine. She has recorded for many local songwriters and for Peter Mayer, with whom she has toured nationally. She is an active member of the NH Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and teaches at Berwick Academy, Childlight Montessori School, and at her home studio in Dover, NH.
, viola. Sally earned a Bachelor of Music degree
in Viola Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Marcus Thompson. She has also completed a Masters degree in Music Education from UNH. Sally has played in many ensembles, including the Vermont Symphony, the Hanover Handel Society, the Granite State Symphony, and the New Hampshire Philharmonic, and she is an active freelance performer throughout New England. She currently teaches music at Berwick Academy and Tri-City Christian Academy, and she is the Master Teacher for the UNH String Project. She lives in Somersworth, NH, with her husband and two sons.
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