||Sandy Daniel always wanted to play the violin,
and pestered her parents to get her one so she could begin violin
studies at age ten in the school music program. Since then, she has
played violin in various community orchestras, pit orchestras, and
Joining the Coeur d'Alene Symphony in 1993, Sandy was
quickly placed in the second violin section and in 2004, she tried out a
viola, fell in love with its gooey sound, and purchased it on the spot.
Since then, she has played viola in the Lake City String Quartet and
several other groups, including the local Symphony and even though she
still loves her viola, she is currently the assistant principal in the
second violin section.
Kristina Phillips received her Bachelors of
Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and received her
Masters Degree from the American Band College at Southern Oregon
University. Also, she has taught band and orchestra for public schools
in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area. Kristina has played cello as well
as bass for a number of years with the local symphony and is currently
their principal bassist.
She has conducted the Coeur
d'Alene Youth and Junior Youth Orchestras, and loves to perform as a
percussionist with the Spokane British Brass Band and Opera Coeur
d'Alene. Even with her busy schedule, she also maintains a large private
teaching studio in Coeur d'Alene.
April Martin, violinist, is excited to be
joining the Lake City String Quartet. She is currently a member of the 1st
violin section of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Originally from
Denver, April was an active part of the musical community there,
performing with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Up Close and Musical, the
St. Mary Baroque Orchestra, and as a substitute violinist with the
Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has B.M. and M.M. degrees from the
Lamont School of Music (University of Denver) and a D.M.A. degree from
the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her teachers have included James
Maurer, Lina Bahn, and Andres Cardenes.
In addition to performing, April enjoys teaching
and currently maintains a private studio and teaches string classes at
the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy. She is also an accomplished pianist
and has maintained an active accompanying career.
Violinist Karen Hoatson has performed with
the Coeur d'Alene Symphony as the principal second violinist since
August 2010. Previously, Dr. Hoatson was the director of the string
program at Loma Linda Academy in Loma Linda, California, associate
concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony and free-lanced throughout
Southern California with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles.
After listening repeatedly to a record of Jascha Heifetz performing the
Brahms Violin Concerto, Karen begged her parents for the opportunity to
take violin lessons.
Dr. Hoatson received her doctorate in violin
performance from the University of California and was the recipient of a
full fellowship during those studies. She also received a master's
degree from New England Conservatory while serving as the teaching
assistant to James Buswell and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin
Conservatory as a student of Greg Fulkerson. Karen's past teachers
include Micheal Gattozzi, Betty Newell, Mary Daniels, William Starr,
Kathleen Winkler and James Buswell. She has participated in the
Meadowmount, Musicorda, and Sarasota Music festivals in addition to
performing for ten years with the Taylor String Quartet in residence at
La Sierra University in Riverside, California.