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.
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.
Steven Laven, cello, appears with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Laven has held titled positions in the HoustonBallet, Houston Grand Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras.
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.