The Sorella String Quartet was formed in 2003 by four friends who wanted to play chamber music in a backyard studio surrounded by a beautiful garden. Soon, the quartet was playing for parties and for small recitals including the Burlingame Music Club, faculty recitals at Notre Dame de Namur University, and their own recitals at different venues On April 9, 2006, as a fundraiser for the university, the quartet performed the world premiere of Greg Armbruster’s String Suite #2. (Dr. Armbruster is an alumni of NDNU and is currently the associate director of admissions at Bard College in NY). In the summer of 2008, the Sorella opened for the Shakespeare plays in the new downtown Redwood City Square. On Oct. 17, 2009, the quartet will perform for the American Association of University Women.

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The members of the Sorella String Quartet are:

Carole Mayedo, violinist, is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati with a=2 0Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Master of Music in music education. While at the conservatory, she studied violin with Henry Meyer of the LaSalle String Quartet and chamber music with members of the LaSalle. Carole has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Orquesta Filarmonia de Guadalajara, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Marin, and Peninsula Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Cruz String Quartet. In 1984, Carole performed and produced her own solo album as singer/songwriter and electric violinist for Gem records. She also received a gold record for her stellar violin and vocal work with Neil Young. Carole is currently on the faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University and is teaching violin and viola in her beautiful backyard studio.

Mary-Mignon Mitchell, violinist, is a graduate of the University of Redlands and holds a Master’s degree in English from San Jose State University. She is active in chamber music throughout the Bay Area.

Victoria Morton, graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in violin performance and secondary education. She was a violist with the San Jose Symphony for 29 years and is now a member of Symphony Silicon Valley where she also serves as music librarian. Victoria is a founding member of the string quartet “Spectrum Ensemble”. Also, she plays Celtic fiddle and viola in “Kingsbard”. Sh e has played with San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Ballet San Jose, Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphony. Victoria has a private violin/viola studio and conducts the Prelude string orchestra of San Jose Youth Symphony.

Kathleen Johnson, cellist, is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music where she studied with Janos Starker. She teaches cello at the Crestmont Conservatory and is principal cellist of the Nova Vista Symphony.