Julie Ayer, violinist and author, studied violin with the world-renowned Josef Gingold at Indiana University. She was assistant principal second violin in the Minnesota Orchestra, retiring in June of 2012 after 36 years. She is one of the founding members of the Hill House Chamber Players, which is the featured resident ensemble of the historic James J. Hill House in St Paul, MN. During the 1998-99 season she exchanged with a musician from the Sydney Symphony, and in the summer of 2000 she was a member of the Santa Fe Opera. She has played several chamber music concerts in San Clemente, CA, at the historic Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. She is the author of More Than Meets the Ear, How Symphony Musicians Made Labor History, published in September 2005.
Pam Jacobson, violist, is a tenured member of the Pacific Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Chapman University in 1992, then took up viola after having an instrument made for her by Rena Weisshaar in late 2001. Pam plays with various chamber ensembles, covering a diverse assortment of musical styles, from classical to jazz fusion; she is also an active studio musician. On Sundays, she enjoys playing with her church's worship band at Bethel Grace Baptist Church, where her husband Joe is Associate/Worship Pastor. Pam and Joe have been blessed with a wonderful little boy, Elijah.
Martha Lippi, cellist, currently performs regularly with the San Diego Symphony. She also works in the film and recording industry in Los Angeles. She has performed in numerous chamber music groups, and festivals. Mrs.Lippi has won numerous Chicago competitions as a cello soloist, including the St.Paul Federal and Society of American Musician's. At 15 yrs. old, she soloed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra as the Grand Prize winner of the St. Paul Federal Competition. As a member of the" Music Center String Quartet" she won first prize in the International Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She was a member of the California Quartet from 2000-2004. She has performed in numerous chamber music festivals, including the Aspen Festival, Rome Festival, and the prestigious Summerfest La Jolla with artistic director Cho-Liang Lin. She also attended the European Mozart Academy in Poland, where her string quartet and Piano trio performed in Rome, Krakow, and Budapest. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Eleanore Schoenfeld.