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Elizabeth Lee

Violin

Elizabeth Lee has a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance as well as a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Berl Sinofsky. She has 15 years of teaching experience, helping students do better in school and helping them advance to gifted and talented as well as all-state orchestras. She teaches students of all backgrounds, ages and interests, combining Suzuki with traditional methods, as appropriate. Elizabeth has also served as a jury member for all-state orchestra auditions.

 


Bryant HilaireBryant Hilaire

Violin

Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bryant Hilaire is currently a student at George Mason University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. While at Mason, Bryant has performed in the Mason Symphony Orchestra and various other chamber ensembles. Bryant has recently participated in the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland Aside from taking music classes, Bryant is also pursuing a minor in Information Technology. His primary violin teachers have consisted of Dr. Elizabeth Adams, Jennifer Kim and Christopher Ferrara. After completing his undergraduate studies, Bryant would like to continue his studies by attending graduate school.

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Dominic Martinez

Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin and Piano

Dominic, originally from Richmond, VA, graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University, where he received his B.A. in music. During his time at GW, he was a Presidential Scholar for the Arts and studied upright and electric bass with Herman Burney (jazz) and Jeff Koczela (classical). In 2010, he was the recipient of the George Steiner Scholarship in Music and received the Barry Manilow Award in 2012.

Along with bass performance, Dominic’s other focus of study at GW was composition, under the instruction of Douglas Boyce and Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis. Throughout his collegiate career, he composed works for solo flute, solo viola, solo marimba, clarinet trio, and voice and piano. For his senior capstone, Dominic composed Variations on Andrew Bird’s “Muajahathirteen”: a piece for string quartet and jazz piano trio. He also spent two semesters studying conducting with Ben Fritz and Nancia D’Alimonte. He also has experience playing jazz piano, guitar, ukelele, drums, and small bit of violin and cello.

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Dominic has performed all around D.C., in different jazz ensembles/combos, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the GW Symphony Orchestra, several musical pit bands, Indian music groups, a mariachi band, and an Uruguayan accordion quartet. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, HR-57, Busboys and Poets, Duke Ellington Park, and the Uruguayan Embassy.

Dominic recently completed a four month contract performing with the RKO Quartet, led by Ron Mills (formerly of the Glenn Miller Orchestra) on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world. Other recent projects include recording bass for holychild, a Los Angeles-based project headed by Louie Diller, his friend and colleague at GW. He also recorded and was featured on a music video of singer Ricky Jatt.

Dominic is also a published online writer. During his time as an intern with NPR Music, he contributed three published articles, including his review of a classic Miles Davis record on the All Songs Considered blog, which was the most read story on NPR.org when it was published. Dominic was also a co-producer for a Tiny Desk Concert that featured the jazz quartet Endangered Blood. He continues to write and post other articles on his Tumblr blog, Blues on the Menjay.


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