Charlotte Crosmer, Arkansas native, began her violin studies when she was four years old. A few years later, she was performing in a string quartet with her siblings and experimenting with old-time fiddling as well. She went on to become the Arkansas State Old-time Fiddling Champion at the age of twelve and was a featured solo performer on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. After receiving masters degrees in chamber music and violin performance from the University of Michigan (studying with Aaron Berofsky), Charlotte accepted a position with the dynamic crossover string ensemble Barrage 8. While she was in the group, they toured in Europe, Canada, and 23 U.S. states. In the summer of 2017, she was toured all over Japan as a member of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Currently, she lives in Little Rock Arkansas where she is a full-time member of the Arkansas Symphony and the Quapaw String Quartet and serves as a violin instructor at Henderson State University. She can also be heard fiddling with bluegrass/folk groups Big Still River and Runaway Planet. In her free time, Charlotte loves to play super smash brothers melee, hike, and eat indian food!
Caitlin grew up in Sarasota, Florida where she was a member of the Sarasota Youth Orchestra for ten years. Caitlin attended the University of North Texas and received her Bachelor in violin performance, with a minor in music theory. She has performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles, highlights including the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra and Barrage. Caitlin has performed all over the United States as well as in England, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and China.
Caitlin has been teaching for over ten years and has taught in many private music academies, as well as public and private schools. She has received training as a Suzuki violin teacher, and infuses those principals into her teaching. It has been a dream come true for Caitlin to be able to own her own music academy and to be able to work with such wonderful and dedicated students and teachers.
Aside from music, Caitlin enjoys gardening, lifting weights, and dabbling in interior design. She loves her dogs Elliott and Penny, and her fiance Chris. The Anderson Arts Center is her favorite place in the whole world, so it is only fitting that she and Chris will marry there in November of 2019.
Alex began the study of the violin in the fifth grade in the public school orchestra program and studied privately with the late Dr. Robert Snyder. In 1969, Mr. Spainhour received a BA in music from Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College), studying with Thomas and Eleanor Briccetti; in 1972, he received an M.M. in performance from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), again studying with Dr. Robert Snyder.
He moved to Anderson, SC in January, 1970, to teach public school orchestra with Michael Donavan in Anderson School District Number Five, a post he held until 1984.
Alex has been a member of the Greenville, Charlotte, St. Petersburg, Memphis, Anderson, Asheville, Brevard, and Hendersonville Symphonies. He was co-conductor and co-founder of the Anderson Symphony, and co-founder and violinist with the Anderson String Quartet.
Alex has served as a Charter Member, Artistic Director and Executive Director of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC). He conducted the GAMAC Orchestra for 25 years, and returned as the conductor of the Anderson Symphony after it became a part of GAMAC for ten years. He retired from both orchestras in 2016. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Anderson. In 1998, Mr. Spainhour was listed in the Who’s Who of Business and Arts. In 2005, he was honored as the Non-Profit Executive Director of the Year by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. He has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by his fellow Rotarians.
Alex co-founded the Bernhardt House of Violins, in Greenville, SC. He created the Spainhour line of string instruments, made exclusively for Alex Spainhour by the Franz Sandner Co. in Nauheim, Germany, in 1985. Currently, Bernhardt House of Violins has instruments being made in North America, Asia, and Europe exclusively for our clients.
Valentina was born in 1991 in Zagreb, Croatia. She started studying cello at the age of five at the Zagreb Music Schoolin class of Dobrila Berkovic Magdalenic. She continued her studies at Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, where she was awarded the WoodruffScholarship. She earned her Bachelor’s in the class of Prof. Nikola Nino Ruzevic at the College of Music, University of North Texas. In 2019, she acquired her Master’s degree in Music from Yale School of Music where she studied with the legendary cellist Aldo Parisot and world-renowned cello pedagogues Paul Watkins, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Ole Akahoshi.
Very active in attending music master-classes and summer programs, Valentina broadened her knowledge of music by studying with famous cellists such as Umberto Clerici,Emma Ferrand, Gal Faganel, David Grigorian, Monika Leskovar, Heidi Litschauer, Giovanni Sollima, SilvijaSondeckiene, Gustavo Neiva Tavares, and Wendy Warner.
Valentina is also a very dedicated orchestral musician. Highlights of her orchestral experience were concert tours in Poland, Germany and Austria in 2007-08 with the International Youth Orchestra. During her studies she performed with University of North Texas Orchestra, Las Colinas Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia and she was a member of Yale Cellos.
During her studies, Valentina won numerous national and international cello and chamber music competitions such as the “Concorso Internazionale Alpe Adria”, “Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition”, “International String Competition Rudolf Matz”, “Croatian Music Competition”, and many others, resulting in concert engagements in venues across Croatia, Austria, Italy, and Slovenia.
In 2012 Valentina won the first prize at the “Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Competition” resulting in a solo appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Valentina was awarded the excellence award and medal at the 1st International String Competition Alice and EleonoreSchoenfeld in Hong Kong.
Ballerina and violinist based in Belton, SC. Entering her senior year and looking forward to pursuing arts studies in college.
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