Susan Culpo, viola,is known to Rhode Islanders as the daughter of Aurora Curran, renowned string teacher in Cranston Public Schools. Culpo plays with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Pops Esplanade orchestras, and is assistant principal viola with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. With the BSO, she has traveled from Tanglewood to Europe and Asia.


John Sumerlin, violin.
A first violinist with the American, Dallas, Cincinnati, Honolulu, and Santa Fe Opera orchestras, he has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestra in the US, Canada,Mexico, and Europe. Formerly first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet in Texas.

American cellist Theodore Mook is a versatile performer, comfortable in avante-garde, classical, historical, and commercial styles. He has been a particularly active proponent of new music since 1980. After almost 30 years in New York City, he now lives in a converted 19th Century Church in rural Rhode Island, where he teaches and hosts a concert series, SwitchArts. He has taught at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School.




Samuel Breene, violin, has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, Israel and Haiti. Breene, who pursues a dual career as a music historian, holds a PhD in musicology from Duke University. He has taught at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania before coming to RIC in 2009. He has been the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a CLIR Mellon Fellowship and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.