Who we are...
Jessica Amidon - Director
Jessica was raised in Skowhegan Maine and holds a violin performance degree from Boston University. Her teachers include Roman Totenberg, Dana Mazurkevich, Lucia Lin, Peter Zazofsky and Steven Kecskemethy. She has taught and performed in the Boston area since 2001. Having previously taught beginning violin and viola at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, she has also taught at the Solomon Schecter Schools and in the Brookline Massachusetts Public Schools, as well as maintaining a private studio. She is a freelancer in orchestras such as the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Lexington Symphony Orchestra, Cape Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Odyssey Opera, and Symphony New Hampshire.
Aubrey Holmes, violin
Aubrey Holmes earned a BA from Dickinson College and an MM at The Boston Conservatory. His primary teachers have included Ruotauo Mao, Dr. Geoffrey Yeh, Dr. Blanka Bednarz, Dr. Irina Muresanu, Cathy Meng Robinson, and Amy Lee. In the Boston/New England area, Aubrey has played with and played for MetroWest Opera (Principal 2nd), Symphony Pro Musica (Principal 2nd) Boston Opera Collaborative (Associate Concertmaster), The Cape Ann Symphony (Associate Principal 2nd), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Aubrey was a principal player in Symphony Nova, a chamber music/orchestra group based in Boston. He is also the former 1st violinist of the The Videri String Quartet, a quartet specializing in the performance/recording of video game music. Currently, Aubrey is a violinist in The Heimat String Quartet which formed in the fall of 2014. The quartet began the graduate string quartet residency at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio this last fall where they study with The Miami String Quartet.
Paula Oakes, violin
Paula graduated from the Ithaca College School of Music (Magna Cum Laude) where she studied violin with Linda Case and chamber music with Einar Holm. Subsequent to graduation Paula continued her studies with Burton Kaplan in New York City. At that time Paula won a position with the Albany Symphony which during her tenure made numerous recordings of contemporary music. While in Albany, she also performed with the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra sometimes serving as concertmaster and soloist, and substituted with the Syracuse Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic.
Since 1998 Paula has lived in the Boston area freelancing on both violin and piano. Currently Paula performs with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra as Principal Second Violin, the Portland Symphony, and is Concertmaster of the National Lyric opera Orchestra. This past summer Paula appeared as a soloist with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in Mozart's Serenata Notturna.
When not performing, Paula teaches violin and piano in the extension program in the Wellesley Public Schools and devotes time to her extensive flower gardens.
Carrol Lee, viola
Carrol Lee is an active freelance violist and violinist in New England and beyond. She began playing violin at the age of six and discovered viola at the age of eighteen, receiving a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from the University of Colorado—Boulder, where she received the Gabor Ormai Viola Award, and a Master of Music from Boston University. Carrol enjoys performing in a variety of venues and coaching and mentoring young musicians. An avid chamber musician, she received her early training at the Chamber Music Connection (OH), working closely with the Cavani Quartet. Her principal teachers include Karen Ritscher, Geraldine Walther, Erika Eckert, and Matthew Dane; and she has performed in masterclasses for Robert Vernon, Lynne Ramsey, Stephen Wyrczynski, Michelle LaCourse, Jeffrey Irvine, James Dunham, and Paul Silverthorne, among others. Carrol has been fortunate to attend various summer festivals in North America, performing and connecting with musicians from around the world. In her free time Carrol enjoys reading, hiking, and all things culinary.
Anna Maria Amoroso-Noyes, viola
Anna Maria is from Gorham, Maine, and started the violin at five and the viola at twelve. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in English, Minor in Music and Certificate of Ethnomusicology. Her teachers have included Clorinda Noyes, Bonnie Black, Ron Lantz, Julia Adams, John Ziarko, and Kathryn Lockwood.
In her formative years, Anna Maria won violin prizes at the Pine Tree State Competition and Arcady Music Festival. She was selected by the Arcady Music Festival to travel unaccompanied to Japan for 6 weeks, giving three solo performances of Corelli’s La Folia in the Omori Townscape of Oda, Shimane Prefecture. The trip was sponsored by Toshiro Nakamura of the Nakamura Brace Company. Three years later, Paul Ross, the former music director of Mid-Coast Chamber Orchestra, invited Anna Maria to solo with MCCO, performing Telemann’s Concerto in G Major for viola.
Anna Maria was introduced to chamber music through the University of Southern Maine’s Suzuki Music Camp, continuing ensemble study with Bay Chamber Music, Portland String Quartet, Point Counterpoint, and Greenwood camps. She also participated in chamber music through the Portland Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, and Mount Holyoke College.
Her orchestral start was through the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1995. Since then she has performed with the New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, and Bangor Symphony Orchestra. She has been principle viola with the Milton Academy Orchestra, Mount Holyoke Orchestra and Bates Orchestra.
Presently, Anna Maria is a member of St Mary Schola, an early music ensemble based in Falmouth, Me. She also freelances with local musicians and bands. When not playing music, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and son in Portland, Me, where she lives and works.
Julie Anderson, viola
Maine native, has studied the viola for 20 years. She is a graduate of Deering High School class of 2000, Rice University 2004 (BA) and Notre Dame de Namur University 2008 (MA). Teachers include; Meg Gillette (Portland Symphony), Julia Adams (Portland String Quartet) and Karen Richter (Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.) Julie received the Emerson Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy (1998) and the Gould Award for solo performance (1999). She has been the principle violist for the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and a member of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Rice University Symphony Orchestra and Campanile Orchestra. Julie is currently a contracted violist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Julie was a viola sectional and string quartet coach at the University of Southern Maine's Summer String Academy (2006) and held a private violin and viola teaching studio in Berkeley, CA (2005-2008).
Julie has an active freelance career and has performed with many recording artists including Ray LaMontagne, 'Young at Heart', and Rustic Overtones. Julie lives in Portland, Maine with her Fiance and two young children and teaches violin and viola lessons in the Greater Portland area.
Shannon Allen, cello
Shannon Allen is a native of Portland Maine, who grew up in a family of working musicians. He has been an active freelancer and teacher throughout New England for the past decade. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, with a degree in Music Performance. Shannon is an extremely talented and versatile cellist who is skilled in a wide variety of musical genres and is also a bass guitarist.
Jon Loekle, cello
Jon Loekle studied cello with Sam Reiner and Claus Adam in New York, Alan Harris at the Eastman School of Music, and Taki Atsumi at Arizona State University, and has studied contemporary music with Greg Loughman and Russ Lombardi at the University of Maine at Augusta. He is co-founder of the Skowhegan Community Orchestra. He lives in East Madison with his wife, Elaine, a violinist. The Loekles play in the Colby Symphony Orchestra and teach private lessons in Skowhegan. In 1999 they built a timber-framed barn for a kiln and planing mill, where they sell kiln-dried Maine-grown lumber.
Elena Korableva, cello
Elena Korableva’s recent performances include Cold River Radio Show (NH), 2CELLOS at Boston’s Wang Theater, workshops and performances with the members of Yo- Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble at Global Musician Workshop at DePauw University (IN); Michael Buble in Manchester (NH) and Celtic Thunder. Currently she is a Finalist at the American Prize Competition and the First prize winner at the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. Elena is playing her Carnegie Hall debut in March 2018. This summer she also served as a Teaching Assistant at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Elena’s repertoire embraces music of different periods and styles, from Baroque to Contemporary music. Born in Russia, Boston based cellist also improvises and composes music based on Tatar folk songs from her hometown Kazan.
Ms. Korableva was a Symphony Nova Fellow and regularly appears in concerts with Amarantos Quartet (ME), pianists Laura Villafranca and Sivan Etedgee and Trans- Siberian Orchestra. Ms. Korableva performs for Chamber Music Foundation of New England (CMFoNE).
She performed as a soloist with Moscow Chamber Orchestra "Cantus Firmus". As a member of string quartet, Elena won two prestigious competitions in Russia "New Names of Russia" and Chamber Music Festival "Beethoven's Days in Moscow" and toured in Germany and Austria. The same year Elena won First Prize in the Cello Competition in Kazan (Russia)
Elena Performed in such venues as Jordan Hall and House of Blues in Boston, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, House of Music and Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall. Elena attended International Music Festival and Institute at St. Mark’s School, Summer Music Festival in Cambridge, MA, where she won a Third Prize in the International String Competition.
In 2011 Elena received an Instrumental Scholarship from Virtu Foundation, shortly after that she received the 18th century cello and the bow as a gift from Roger O'Neil.
Elena holds BM from Boston Conservatory and MM from Michigan State University where she studied in the international studio of renowned professor Suren Bagratuni and was his Teaching Assistant for two years. In her free time Elena enjoys drawing, Tap dancing and attends Argentine Tango milongas.
Patrick Owen - Cello
A versatile cellist, Patrick Owen is in high demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player in New England. He is the cellist of the Portland String Quartet.
As an orchestral musician Mr. Owen has worked as the Assistant Principal Cellist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as well as Assistant Principal and Principal Cellist of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, CO. In New England he is a frequent guest performer with the Boston Philharmonic, BMOP, Boston Lyric Opera and Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Having a keen interest in new music Mr. Owen worked closely with Anthony De Ritis on his composition “Sheng” for solo cello and electronics, a recording of which will be released shortly. Other recent premieres include works by William Thomas McKinley and DJ Sparr. Recent recordings include a jazz cd with Cedric Hanriot, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci and Ben Powell on Harmonia Mundi called “French Stories” and a Klezmer based soundtrack for the documentary film “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem”
Mr. Owen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University. He has held teaching positions at the South Shore Conservatory and Northeastern University.