Sophia Werner, 18, has studied violin for 13 years and is currently a freshman at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Laurie Smukler. Other influential teachers include Linda Case, Rebecca Fischer, Robert Lipsett and Joseph Lin. Highlights from her freshman year include performances as quintet and a septet with the New Juilliard Ensemble and a performance of Wynton Marsalis’ “Swing Symphony” with the Juilliard Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Last summer she expanded her orchestral experience as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she was a first violinist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Formative orchestral experiences were as concertmaster of the Binghamton Youth Symphony and Binghamton Baroque Orchestra.
Chamber music is an important part of Sophia’s life. She has performed as a member of a variety of ensembles including string quartets, string trios and violin-piano duos under the tutelage of Simone Dinnerstein, Rebecca Fischer, Samuel Rhodes, Natasha Brofsky, Laurie Smukler and Joel Krosnick among others. Other chamber experiences have been
at Greenwood Chamber Music Camp (Cummington, MA), the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (BPI), 2.5 years with the Harlow String Quartet (Ithaca, NY), and at the Chamber Music @NewPark festival in Ithaca with members of the Toronto Symphony. This summer, Sophia will attend Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, ME, as a Young Artist fellow.
In both 2016 and 2019, Sophia soloed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca) as the winner of the Lee Strebel Memorial Youth Concerto Competition. Also in 2019, Sophia performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes as the winner of the Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto Competition (Elmira, NY), and twice with the Ithaca Community Orchestra. She is a 2020 and 2022 finalist in the Adelphi Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. She has also enjoyed two solo performances with the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra, and one with the Binghamton Community Orchestra.
Other musical experiences have included invitations to perform with the Oberlin BPI Faculty Orchestra and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (twice as a section member), performances with her sister, Miranda, a violinist at Indiana University, and masterclasses with Andrés Cárdenes, Paul Kantor, Marilyn McDonald, Cynthia Roberts, Julie Andrijeski, and Beth Wenstrom. She placed first in her categories for violin and piano in the Southern Tier Music Teachers’ Association competitions in 2016 and 2017.
Bethany Bobbs is currently a scholarship student at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick and Astrid Schween. She has attended the Perlman Music Program and PMP Suncoast since 2017 where she studied with Clara Kim, Paul Katz, and Zvi Plesser. Bethany has won numerous prizes, including winner of the Lynn Harrell Competition, LISMA International Competition, Houston Symphony Concerto Competition, and an award at the National YoungArts Competition. Already a seasoned soloist, she has performed with orchestras such as the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, Yonkers Philharmonic Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Ocala Symphony, among many others. Bethany is currently a Jupiter Symphony Chamber Player, where she performs each month alongside musicians such as Paul Neubauer, Brannon Cho, Stella Chen, and Stefan Jackiw. Besides performing, Bethany enjoys using her musical talent to help others. In 2020, Bethany and her twin sister, Susanna, founded a non-profit organization known as Harmony for Healing to provide funds for the Artist Relief project that financially aids unemployed artists during COVID-19. Recently, Bethany and her friends at The Juilliard School put together a benefit concert for Ukraine to help fund the shipment of medical supplies and humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. Bethany is a current recipient of the Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund.