Lori Schiffer began playing the violin in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She studied with her beloved great-uncle, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jack Boesen. Continuing her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance. Teachers included David Cerone and Bernhard Goldschmidt.

Upon graduation Lori played professionally with the Florida Symphony Orchestra based in Orlando, Florida for ten years. Since relocating to West Michigan in 1991, she has performed with both the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Traverse Symphony Orchestra and also performs regularly with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and Circle Theatre. Lori enjoys spending time with her three children, family, gardening, going to movies and the Michigan summer sunshine.


Carol Wildgen has been playing the violin for over 40 years, including years studying at Hope College, where she played in their orchestra and Symphonette. Carol has studied under such teachers as Walter Verhdeer (MSU) , Jean Manning, and Phil Greenburg. She plays professionally in the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra in Muskegon, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and for special programs at various area churches.

Carol received a B.A. from Hope College and a masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She currently teaches private violin lessons in her home in Grandville where she lives with her husband and three daughters.


Deborah Groenleer got her start playing in string ensembles with her family at a very early age and has enjoyed it ever since. She has played professionally in the Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and currently plays in the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

A graduate of Albion College, Deborah majored both in music and biology and currently teaches music to private students. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, two children (a violinist and cellist!) and her dog (a vocalist).


Eric Phelps received his Bachelors of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Masters of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. His primary teachers were Richard Rognstad, Peter Rejto, Judith Glyde, and Timothy Eddy.

Eric has participated in music festivals in North America and Europe, including master classes with Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, and Yo-Yo Ma. Eric served as Associate Principal cellist for the West Michigan Symphony in Muskegon, and substitutes in the Grand Rapids Symphony. He plays a 1995 Stanley Kiernoziak cello made in the shop of William Harris Lee in Chicago.

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