Sara Chiego, bass
[B.M., University of Memphis; M.M., University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music]
Sara Chiego was born in Lahore, West Pakistan, where her parents were teaching missionaries with the United Methodist Church. She ended up in Little Rock, Arkansas via Bloomington, Indiana and Los Angeles, California where she played in the Arkansas Symphony as a teenager. She met her husband, John Chiego, in the orchestra′s bass section. She spent several summers of her high school years at the Interlochen National Music Camp playing with the World Youth Symphony.
In 1979 Sara and John moved to Memphis from Evanston, Illinois where they had been attending Northwestern University. John was appointed Professor of Double Bass at the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University) and Principal Bass of the Memphis Symphony. Sara joined the Memphis Symphony bass section at that time while completing her undergraduate degree at Memphis State and was Assistant Principal Bass for almost twenty years. In 1981 she attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she received the Master of Music Performance degree. While in Cincinnati she played with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Dayton Symphony and the Taft Chamber Players. During the summers Sara has taught and performed as Principal Bass at the Allegheny Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She was a member of the Tennessee Summer Symphony for four years. Sara is presently an adjunct instructor at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis and a member of the Memphis Symphony bass section.
Jane Gerard-Schranze, viola
[B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory]
Jane Gerard-Schranze, a native of new York, graduated from the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory. Her major teachers include Heidi Castleman, Walter Trampler and Heiichiro Ohyama. A founding member of the Memphis String Quartet, she is an adjunct professor of viola and violin at Rhodes College and maintains an active class of private students. Jane has had extensive teaching experience with students at various levels of advancement and is certified in the Suzuki Kindermusik and Orff teaching methods. Mrs. Gerard-Schranze is on the summer music faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she teaches viola and chamber music. She is a former faculty member at Converse College, Northwest Michigan College and in the A.R.M.E.S. program of the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina. She plays in the IRIS Chamber Orchestra and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States. Jane shares her musical life in Memphis with her husband, violinist Lenny Schranze, and their four children.
Andy Yu, violin
[Diploma, National Academy of Arts, Taiwan; M.M., Mannes College of Music]
A native of Taiwan, Wen-Yih Yu came to United States to study with violinist Nina Beilina. He has served as assistant concertmaster with Taipei City Symphony and is now a member of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In the past, Mr. Yu has performed with Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Philharmonic, Korean Chamber Orchestra in New York, Cape May Music Festival and Colorado Music Festival. In addition, he has been invited to perform in the concerts of Memphis Chamber Music Society and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas.
Iren Zombor, cello
[M.M., University of Massachusetts at Amherst]
Iren Zombor is a native of Miskolc, Hungary. After attending music college in her hometown, she lived in Bratislava, Slovakia for two years, where she studied with the famous Slovak cellist, Joseph Podhoransky. She received her Masters of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has been the member of the Memphis symphony Orchestra since the fall of 1996, where she currently holds the Assistant Principal Cello position.
Ms. Zombor has performed around the world with various orchestras as far as Eastern and Western Europe and Japan. In addition to her busy performance schedule, her passion has long been private teaching. She has taught students of all ages at all levels. She has been on the Rhodes College faculty since 2004.
Her newest endeavor is joining the Memphis based PRIZM Ensemble in the fall of 2013. The members of the group perform and teach chamber music year round and started a week-long chamber music festival 4 years ago.