Amber Dolphin is a freelance musician and private teacher in the Madison area. Amber loves all styles of music especially classical, jazz, fiddle and Latin. Currently she performs with Charanga Agozá (Cuban dance music) in addition to the Pecatonica String Quartet. Before taking on a heavy teaching load Amber used to perform with the Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Green Bay, Dubuque and LaCrosse Symphonies as well as two Argentine tango groups (Quinteto Yzafa and Istmo Tango Trio). Amber was visiting instructor from 2013-2020 at Beloit College where she directed the Creative Strings Collective (string orchestra) and taught a pedagogy course. She co-founded Music con Brio, an after school program for grade school students, in 2011. Amber received a Performer’s Certificate in Classical and Jazz from Northern Illinois University in 2010, a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2006 and Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in 2004. Amber lives in Madison with her husband, Steve, and daughters Maya and Ivy.
Carol Carlson is an avid performer, a devoted teacher, and a successful creative arts entrepreneur. Carol is Executive Director/co-founder of Music con Brio, Inc., which provides affordable, high quality music lessons to culturally and socioeconomically diverse students from 1st - 12th grade. She teaches strings at Clarke University, and maintains private studios in Madison and Dubuque, where she is also a member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.Carol holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from UW-Madison where she studied with Professor Felicia Moye, whom she also served as teaching assistant. Additionally, Carol holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Truman State University, and a Graduate Certificate from Park University. Carol is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Carol lives in Madison with her husband Matt, a trombonist, and their daughter Julianna.
Christopher Dozoryst serves as Principal Viola with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2007. He was the featured soloist with the symphony in September 2017, performing Harold in Italy by Hector Berlioz. Christopher also works with the Madison Symphony’s internationally recognized Heartstrings Program as the violist for the Rhapsodie String Quartet. Highlights of his involvement with the quartet include a 2013 tour of Germany, with performances in Wiesbaden and Freiburg. Additionally, Christopher has been a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra since 2005. Locally, he has performed with Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society and the Oakwood Chamber Players. Christopher earned his BA in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and his MMU in Viola Performance from Carnegie-Mellon University in 2000. He currently lives in Fort Atkinson with his wife Shannon, daughter Lily and son Trevor.
Maggie Darby Townsend
Maggie Darby Townsend received her Bachelor Degree in Music from the University of Iowa in 2002 as a student of Charles Wendt. In 2004, she finished her Masters of Music studying with Uri Vardi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the years, she has attended music festivals such as Madeline Island Chamber Music, Aspen Music Festival, and Musicorda, and performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Maggie and her family love living and working in the Madison area; she works for the the Institute for Research on Poverty at the UW-Madison, and has played in the Madison Symphony Orchestra since 2002. Maggie also enjoys performing with other local chamber music groups, such as Con Vivo and the Oakwood Chamber Players. She lives in Madison with her husband Brad and son Graham.