April Maddox received a BA in Music and Political Science from The George Washington University (GWU) in 2000. She then attended The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and earned a JD in 2003.
A native of Salt Lake City, April played with the Utah Youth Symphony. She also served as principal cellist with the Rocky Mountain Camarata (which toured the Western United States each year), the Jordan Youth Symphony, the Utah All-State Orchestra, and the Brighton High School Orchestra. April has scored superior ratings in the Utah State Fair, Melba Lindsay Burton, and Utah State Solo and Ensemble String Competitions.
While a student at GWU, April served as the principal cellist of the GWU Symphony Orchestra and performed in a number of chamber ensembles. She was also a member, and frequent vocal soloist, with the GW University Singers. April was selected to perform on the Student Honors Recital for four consecutive years and was also awarded the George Steiner scholarship for string players and the Barry Manilow scholarship for excellence in music. During the course of her four years at GWU she studied cello with Professor Nancy Snyder, voice with Dr. Robert Baker, and piano with Professor Malinee Peris.
April is currently employed as an attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, DC. She, her husband Joel, and their twin sons, Paul and Ben, live in Arlington, VA.
Julia McDowell graduated from The George Washington University (GWU) in Spring 2003 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She attended GWU as a Presidential Performing Arts Scholar and studied with former National Symphony Orchestra violist, Richard Parnas.
Julia grew up in Centreville, Virginia. During her four years of high school, she was principal violist in her Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble and studied with Jennifer Cline, violist in the National Symphony Orchestra. Julia participated in Northern Virginia Regional Orchestra and the All-Virginia Symphony Orchestra during her junior and senior years in high school. Notable performances include a concert in the newly-renovated Concert Hall in the Kennedy Center and one of three solo performers at her Senior Year Symphony Finale concert.
While at GWU, Julia performed with the GWU Symphony Orchestra, numerous ensembles and in pit orchestra of the performance of Into the Woods. She also was invited to play in several Student Honors Recitals.
After graduating college and dabbling in real estate sales and event planning, she made her way back to her first love – advertising. Julia is an Account Supervisor at an ad agency in Old Town, Alexandria, VA and works on several national accounts. She lives in Fairfax Station, VA with her husband, son and dog.
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Erin Ryan, second violin, graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She served as the concertmistress of the Mary Washington College-Community Symphony Orchestra in 2003-2004 and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2002 with the Mary Washington Symphony.
Erin grew up in Manassas, VA. During high school, she performed with the Youth Orchestras of Prince William and was accepted into the All-Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2000, as well as the North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra and All-County Orchestras.
While attending Mary Washington, she was the recipient of numerous music scholarships including the Aurelia B. Walford Scholarship and the Baker Orchestra Scholarship, and received the Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Achievement Award. She also had the honor of performing in a master class for the renowned composer George Crumb. Erin studied with Edwin S. Johonnott, former first violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra, both in high school and at Mary Washington.
Erin teaches privately to a studio of 30 violin and viola students at the Alexandria Music Company, Music & Arts Center, and at her home studio. She regularly performs with a variety of ensembles in the Washington, D.C. area, including the McLean Orchestra as well as several DC bands such as The Last Monarchs and The Beanstalk Library. She also recently earned her Master of Education in School Counseling from George Mason University. Erin resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband.
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Theresa Schlafly joined CBSQ in 2011 and shares the viola seat with Julia. Theresa grew up in St. Louis, where she began studying the violin at an early age and eventually joined the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Comparative Literature and a minor in Music. While at Washington University, she performed as a violinist and violist with various string quartets and chamber ensembles as well as with the university orchestra.
After working as a freelance opera stage manager for six years, including several seasons with the Washington National Opera, she returned to graduate school at Georgetown University where she earned a master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology. She currently works at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship as a Writer/Editor and Project Manager.
Theresa regularly performs with the Washington Sinfonietta as acting principal of the viola section. Every summer since 2007, she has attended the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East in Bennington, Vermont as a violist and violinist. She also plays with the band Machines on Vacation.
Theresa lives in Northeast Washington D.C. When not playing the viola or violin, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and volunteering as a teacher of English as a foreign language.
Sinbat Siraseranant, first violin, has over 23 years of music ensemble performance experience in the violin and viola. Growing up in Northern Virginia, he has participated in many ensembles throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area including the Washington Conservatory School of Music, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the American Youth Philharmonic, where he sat as an associate principal violist.
Throughout his musical career, Sinbat has received many honors and recognitions. He was chosen to perform with the NSO. This recognition along with his dedication to music earned him the National School Orchestra Award in which he was voted as the most talented individual in his high school senior class. During college years, Sinbat was selected by the George Washington University music department to perform various solo viola compositions accompanied by his ensemble coach, Malinee Peris, for the university’s Honors Recital. He has studied with Richard Parnas who was a principal violist of the NSO. Sinbat was the principal violist of the GWU Symphony Orchestra from 1994 through 2004.
Academically, Sinbat attended GWU and earned his BS in Biology and minor in Music Performance in 1997. After working for several years in the field of business for notable companies including Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Booz Allen Hamilton, he went on to graduate with honors and obtain his MBA from the GWU School of Business in 2004. Today, Sinbat is a certified Project Management Professional government civilian supporting Defense Information System Agency.