Photo: Members of this year’s Sonoran String Quartet are (from left) Kathryn Harpainter, viola; Emily Nolan, violin; Robert Marshall, cello; and JoAnna Park, violin.

A new graduate chamber ensemble is enjoying its inaugural season at the University of Arizona’s newly named Fred Fox School of Music. The Sonoran String Quartet: Graduate Quartet in Residence, is comprised of masters and doctoral students selected from a highly competitive national search. This year’s members are violinists Emily Nolan and JoAnna Park, violist Kathryn Harpainter, and cellist Robert Marshall.

The Sonoran String Quartet will make its Arizona Senior Academy debut at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (April 28), performing Haydn’s “Quartet in G Major, Op. 77 No. 1,” Mendelssohn’s “Quartet No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 12,” and Shostakovich’s “Quartet No. 9 in Eb Major, Op. 117.”

JoAnna Park and Robert Marshall are new to the University of Arizona as master’s level graduate students. JoAnna earned her bachelor’s degree from Temple University and also studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Robert received his bachelor’s degree as well as an Entertainment Business Certificate from Kennesaw State University.

Emily Nolan and Kathryn Harpainter earned their master’s degrees at UA and are currently doctoral candidates. Emily’s undergraduate degree comes from the University of Connecticut, while Kathryn’s is from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. As members of the Sonoran String Quartet, these musicians will contribute to the School of Music’s outreach and educational initiatives.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer


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