photo by Delia Turner





Alicia Doudna

Welcome Back! to a friend of the House

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Alicia Doudna, violin
  • Hannah Shields, piano
  • Annie Fullard, violin
  • Nelson Lee, violin
  • Meg McDonough, violin
  • Stephanie Fong, viola
  • Rebecca Albers, viola
  • Dan McDonough, cello
  • Mary Ann Ramos, cello

Event Details

This concert welcomes back a dear friend of the House!
Alicia is continuing a positive recovery after an accident that happened in July 2011 which resulted in a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. She is grateful for MANY things and would like to share that she feels music is one of the most meaningful factors in her recovery.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sonata in B, KV 464
Schubert  - Notturno - D.897 -Adagio 
Antonin Dvorak - Romance in F minor, Opus 11
Felix Mendelssohn - Octet in E-flat major, Opus 20

Alicia Doudna

Violinist Alicia Doudna has performed and taught throughout the US and abroad. She has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Ronald Copes and members of the Cavani Quartet. As a chamber musician she has appeared at various festivals including Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Musique de Chamber du Larzac in France. She has also performed as a guest with various chamber orchestras and ensembles, including A Far Cry, The East Coast Chamber Orchestra, The Suedama Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra andThe Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  As a member of the Phoenix Quartet, she performed and taught as an artist-in-residence at the University of Michigan.

Ms. Doudna was previously the director of the Peninsula Strings Program in Blue Hill, Maine and also served as a Fellow and teaching assistant to Merry Peckham at the Perlman Music Program in New York. She has been on the faculty of the Sphinx Preparatory Program in Detroit, MI and has given guest artist master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio. Her principal teachers included Lucy Chapman, David Updegraff, Mimi Zweig and Suzuki Method pioneer, John Kendall. She holds a BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a MM from The New England Conservatory. 

Hannah Shields

Hannah Shields has performed widely throughout the US both as a soloist and a chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist in the Bach concerto for four keyboards at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Itzhak Perlman, and she has performed in major venues throughout the country, including Alice Tully Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, the Seattle Opera House, and Carnegie's Weill Hall. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master's degree from Yale School of Music, and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers have been Daniel Shapiro, Claude Frank, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein; her chamber music coaches include Paul Katz, Lawrence Lesser, Kim Kashkashian, Donald Weilerstein, Lucy Chapman, Joel Krosnick, and Robert Mann.

She is a prizewinner of the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and has attended numerous music festivals, among them the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Banff Chamber Music Festival, and the Taos School of Music. Ms. Shields has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Barbara Stein Mallow, Andre Emelianoff, and Myung-Wha Chung, among others, and is a founding member of the "Musique a la Mode" chamber music series in New York City.

Annie Fullard

Annie Fullard, violinist, is a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet which is a winner of numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Cleveland Quartet Competition and the Banff, Fischoff and Carmel Competions. Ms. Fullard and her colleagues in The Cavani Quartet were named Musical America's Young Artists of the Year 1989 and received the 1998 ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, 2005 and 2011 Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award and eight Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. Ms. Fullard has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including a Mozart 2006 tour of Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague, and a 2010 tour with Chamber Music Connection Italia, featuring a performance at The Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. Other appearances include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Festival L'Epau in France, and the Ijsbreker Series in Amsterdam. Ms. Fullard has had the honor of collaborating with Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Denyce Graves, Alisa Weilerstein, Anton Nel, Stephanie Blythe and Charles Neidich and Joel Smirnoff, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Takacs, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence String Quartets. Deeply committed to arts-education, Ms. Fullard has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities and public and private schools in communities across the country. As member of the faculty and Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, Ms. Fullard also serves as Artistic Advisor for Community Engagement at CIM and Director of Chamber Music at Case Western Reserve University and the Young Artist Program at CIM. In collaboration with her colleagues she has developed the Apprentice Quartet Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar, New Quartet Project and M.A.P. (Music, Art & Poetry) PROJECT. Ms. Fullard is former artist-in-residence at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas and is currently visiting-artist at the University of Sourthern Illinois, Carbondale. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Fullard pursued additional studies at the Indiana University and Yale University. Her teachers and mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Earl Carlyss and Peter Salaff. A resident of Cleveland, Ms. Fullard lives with her husband Jim, son Sam ,two cats named Mewzik and Art and enjoys reading, movies, and downhill skiing.


Nelson Lee

Nelson Lee is first violinist of the Jupiter String Quartet ( which has performed extensively throughout North America and abroad. One of the leading ensembles of its generation, the quartet has been heard at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and Sejong Hall in Seoul. In recent years, the quartet has won first prize at the Eighth International Banff String Quartet Competition, Young Concert Artists Competition, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has been a member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two program and received the 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award in 2007.

As a soloist, Nelson has appeared with the Cleveland Institute Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians from around the country. ECCO ( has been heard to great acclaim at the Kennedy Center, New York's Town Hall, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society among others. The group just released their debut CD on EOne records featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and an arrangement of Geminiani's La Follia by Michi Wiancko.

Nelson has had the opportunity to collaborate with such artists as David Shifrin, Joel Krosnick, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Michael Tree, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Gilbert Kalish, Bob McDonald, and Menahem Pressler. He has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society and has also been heard with the Park City Chamber Music Society.

An active and devoted teacher, Nelson has given masterclasses at numerous institutions and festivals around the country including the Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aspen Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Camp, and Music at Menlo. He also served as a teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein while attending the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Nelson comes from a family of musicians. His parents are both pianists (his father also a conductor) and his twin sisters Andrea and Alicia play the cello and clarinet. He is married to Denise Djokic, cellist, with whom he collaborates often.

Meg McDonough

Meg Freivogel McDonough, violinist and founding member of the Jupiter String Quartet, grew up playing chamber music with her siblings. Her childhood music teachers Ronda Cole and John Kendall, with whom she studied in her hometown of St. Louis, inspired her to pursue a career in music. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for a Bachelor of Music degree, studying with Donald Weilerstein and participating in the flourishing chamber music program run by Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. From there, Meg moved to Boston and the New England Conservatory where she obtained her Master of Music and Master of Chamber Music degrees, acting as teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein and studying closely with Paul Katz and other members of the Cleveland Quartet.
Since finishing her studies, she has lived in Boston performing nationwide with the Jupiter String Quartet. She is devoting her life to keeping chamber music easily accessible, current and interesting to young and old audiences alike. As part of the quartet, she has won numerous awards and prizes including Grand Prize at the Banff International String Quartet and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions, as well as an Avery Fischer Career Grant and the Cleveland Quartet Award. After winning the Young Concert Artists auditions, the quartet launched its career and have performed in some of the worlds' greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center. During the summer season, the quartet performs regularly at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Madeline Island Music Camp, the Skaneateles Festival and Yellow Barn Festival. They have recorded Shostakovich, Britten, Mendelssohn and Beethoven for Marquis Records and have also collaborated with Deutsche Grammaphon and Azica Records. Meg is also a founding member of East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) which recently released its debut CD on E1 Records. Inspired by how music has shaped her life, Meg wishes to share her belief that creating art through music can provide tools useful in life in general. She feels studying an instrument and working in a chamber music group provides invaluable experience learning to collaborate with others. This communication and process provide kindling for creative ideas and inspire personal growth, ultimately creating fulfillment and enjoyment in the artistic process. Her husband, Daniel McDonough, plays cello in the quartet, and her sister, Elizabeth Freivogel, plays viola.

Stephanie Fong

Violist Stephanie Fong is a native of Oakland, California. She enjoys a versatile career as an orchestral
 musician, chamber music performer, and music educator. Stephanie has appeared regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the chamber music faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, the Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy, and the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute. Stephanie holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where her principal teachers were Martha Strongin Katz and Ian Swensen.

Rebecca Albers

Violist Rebecca Albers has performed throughout North America, Asia and Western Europe. Her performances have been seen on national television in the United States and China and heard on National Public Radio and French National Radio. A native of Longmont, CO, Ms. Albers currently resides in Saint Paul, MN as the Assistant Principal violist of the Minnesota Orchestra. She enjoys a varied career as a chamber and orchestral musician, soloist and teacher.
As the winner of the Juilliard School’s 2002/03 viola competition, Ms. Albers made her New York solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, performing the New York premiere of Samuel Adler’s Viola Concerto. She made her European recital debut at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, France. As a chamber musician, Ms. Albers has performed at such festivals as the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bravo Vail Valley Music
Festival, Strings Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival and the International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK). She has toured extensively with the Albers Trio, a string trio formed with her two sisters, and with “Musicians from Marlboro”, the touring extension of the Marlboro Music Festival.
Ms. Albers has been teaching since she was 12-years-old. She is currently a member of the viola faculty at Mercer University's Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, GA. While working towards her Master's Degree, she taught in collaboration with Heidi Castleman in the Juilliard School’s College and Pre-College divisions. Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra, she was on the viola faculty at the University of Michigan, School of Music Theatre and Dance. She has also taught at the Perlman Music Program in New York, the North American Viola Institute in Orford, QC and has served on the Executive Board of the American Viola Society. Ms. Albers received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied withHeidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. Past teachers include James Maurer and Ellie Albers LeRoux.

Dan McDonough

Cellist Daniel McDonough has performed across the U.S. and abroad as a chamber musician and recitalist. He is best known as a founding member of the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet with which he concertizes extensively. In recent years, the Jupiter String Quartet has received first prize at the Eighth Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the Young Concert Artists Auditions, as well as Chamber Music America’s triennial Cleveland Quartet Award. The quartet was formerly in Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society¹s Chamber Music Two program and, in 2008, were the recipients of a prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant. The quartet has recorded for Marquis Records and Deutsche Grammophon's DG Concerts in conjunction with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
In addition to his regular appearances with the Jupiter String Quartet, Daniel is a founding member of the innovative East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a democratically-run, self-conducted chamber orchestra comprised of some of the nation's finest string players. For a few concentrated periods of time each year ECCO convenes for intensive rehearsal, musical exploration, and concert touring. The group has been enthusiastically received at the Kennedy Center, New York's Town Hall, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, among others. Their debut recording was released in 2012 on EOne records.
Daniel has been heard repeatedly on NPR's Performance Today and seen on Live from Lincoln Center. He has had the privilege of collaborating with Menahem Pressler, Donald Weilerstein, Wu Han, Roger Tapping, Paul Katz, Marcus Thompson, and Jeremy Denk, among many others. He has appeared as soloist with the Asheville (NC) Symphony, Austin Symphony, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and is heard regularly at many of the country's premiere summer music festivals.
A passionate teacher, Daniel has given lessons and guest masterclasses at some of the country’s leading institutions including The Peabody Institute, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Boston Conservatory. The Jupiter String Quartet also makes regular appearances at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Madeline Island Music Camp, where they work closely with aspiring chamber musicians.
Daniel began his musical studies at the age of five in Austin, Texas. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree, with honors in chamber music and cello performance, from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s from The Juilliard School. He is married to Megan Freivogel, also of the Jupiter String Quartet, with whom he has a young daughter, Lillian.

Mary Ann Ramos

Dr. Mary Ann Ramos has been on cello faculty at Northern Arizona University since the Fall of 2010. This summer she will be on faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy in Chicago, IL and Oberlin, OH. Former teachers include Laurence Lesser, Richard Aaron, & Anthony Elliott.

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