Daytona Beach String Quartet
 Biographies

Connie Murray
1st Violin

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Murray has a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Music Education having studied at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.  Doctoral studies were continued with the State University of New York at Buffalo.
     Connie has over thirty years experience in teaching stringed instruments including teaching at the college level at the Crane School of Music.   She has performed in numerous chamber orchestras and pit orchestras and with such people as Connie Francis, Jerry Falwell, Robert Shaw, Sarah Caldwell and Virgil Thomas.   Also has performed with the Northern New York String Quartet and the Genesee Valley Orchestra on two European tours.
     Currently Connie is a member of the Daytona Beach Community Orchestra and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Mary Meridith
2nd Violin

Mary Meridith was educated in Britain where she received her degree in Education and Music.  She is also a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music as a teacher of the violin.
     Mary worked for several years in Bermuda where she set up string programs in Elementary schools and taught private lessons on violin and piano, a task she has continued here in Florida. She has performed with the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra, the Menuhin Foundation String Quartet, Smokey Robinson, Lord Yehudi Menuhin and with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber in the first amateur performance of Jesus Christ Superstar.
     Mary currently performs with the Daytona Beach Community Orchestra.

Katie Bailey
Viola

Katie Bailey is the violist and the web page keeper of the quartet. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University in Greenscastle, Indiana and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership Degree from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale.
     In 1969 Katie began the Volusia County Schools String Program. She is currently employed as Library Media Specialist at Forest Lake Elementary School in Deltona. In her "other" musical life... she plays fiddle with "Wednesday Tunes" an Orlando old-time music group, and is the fiddler with the contra dance band, "Southern Jubilee." She is also lead fiddler with the folk and bluegrass band, Jackson Creek, presents fiddle workshops, and teaches the beginning fiddle classes at the Sunshine State Acoustic Music Camp in St. Petersburg each October.

Barbara Burton
Cello

Barbara Burton, the quartet's cellist, holds degrees in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Florida.
    Barbara has recently retired from teaching computer at Daytona Beach Community College. She performs with the Daytona Beach Community Orchestra, the Seaside Music Theatre Orchestra, and  plays early stringed instruments with the regional Renaissance music groups Ars Antiqua, La Dolce Vita, and the Halifax Consort.

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