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Daphne Bickley
viola & violin

A native of Lake Lure, North Carolina, Daphne Bickley has 17 years of experience working in several musical environments as a teacher, performer, and administrator. Daphne attended the Peabody Music Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied viola performance. Locally, Daphne performs regularly with the Hendersonville Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic, and others.

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Patrick O'Neil
cello

Patrick O'Neil was accepted at the age of 12 into the pre-college program at the University of South Carolina for cello and attended Governor's School.  After graduation he attended USC, where he majored in Music Performance as well as focusing on Music Pedagogy. Since Patrick moved to Asheville 2018, he has performed of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra during their  2021- 2022 season and for special concerts.

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Lori Hammel
violin

Lori Hammel began playing the violin at age three. Ms. Hammel earned her Bachelors degree in violin performance and music education at Ithaca College and earned her Master’s degree in performance and Suzuki pedagogy at East Carolina University (ECU). Lori is a strong advocate for the Suzuki approach of learning the violin.

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Michael DiTrolio
string bass

Michael Di Trolio is a member of Asheville Symphony, Roanoke Symphony and Opera, and Western Piedmont Symphony. He has held the positions of Principal Bass with Paradise Symphony, Associate Principal Bass with the Fayetteville Symphony, and regularly appears with other orchestras throughout the Southeastern United States.​​

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Andrea Pettigrew violin & viola

Andrea Pettigrew began studying the violin at the age of 10 and makes her living as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the Southeast. She is a member of the Asheville Symphony, the Savannah Philharmonic, and the Greenville Symphony. Andrea maintains a thriving private teaching studio in Asheville and Hendersonville made up of students of all ages.

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Frances Duff
cello

With her professional experience, a Master of Music degree, and certification in the Suzuki teaching method, Frances Duff is certainly a talented cello teacher. She holds degrees from prestigious Conservatoire de musique de Quebec in Montreal and then McGill University.

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