MFA in Music Composition

Winter 2017 Spektral Quartet / Visiting Ensemble

Spektral Quartet, photo by Drew Reynolds

Since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has sought out the discourse between the great works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Creating connections across centuries, the group further invites its listeners in with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

Clara Lyon, violin

Clara Lyon studied with Glenn Dicterow for her undergraduate work at Juilliard and Soovin Kim and Phil Setzer at State University of New York at Stony Brook for her Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Maeve Espy Feinberg, violin

Doyle Armbrust, viola

Chicago violist Doyle Armbrust graduated with honors from Northwestern University and went on to study with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California where he earned a Masters Degree in Viola Performance. Doyle is a founding member of the Spektral Quartet and principal violist of the Firebird Chamber Orchestra in Miami, FL.

Russell Rolen, cello

A founding member of the Spektral Quartet, Russell Rolen has presented solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based in Chicago, he performs regularly in the Chicago area and around the Midwest, appears frequently on Chicago’s WFMT, and is the principal cellist of the Firebird Chamber Orchestra in Miami, FL. An avid performer of new works by living composers, he has developed full recital programs consisting entirely of new works for cello solo and cello/piano, and through his Quartet has commissioned new works by a dozen composers.