Come and enjoy music on the lawn at
the Robbins Hunter Museum
featuring the NGSO String Quintet
Free and open to the public!
Please bring blankets and chairs for comfortable seating!
Chris Moehlenkamp, cello
Before moving To Columbus in 2012, Chris had been the principal cellist and frequent soloist for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee, and the United States Air Force Band in Washington DC. As principal cellist of the USAF Band and Orchestra, Chris was a member of the acclaimed USAF String Quartet which had the honor of performing programs for heads of state, several U.S. vice presidents, and four U.S. presidents. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, he studied with Lynn Harrell, Peter Wiley and the LaSalle Quartet. In Columbus, Chris is very active as a professional cellist, including working as an associate member of the Columbus Symphony, and assistant principal with the Newark Granville Symphony. In addition, he keeps busy with a private teaching studio and is on the faculty of Suzuki Music Columbus and the Denison Suzuki Program.
Nadine Moehlenkamp, violin
A Graduate of the prestigious Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Nadine has performed with many professional orchestras including the Knoxville Symphony in Tennessee, Fairfax Symphony in Virginia, and currently, the Newark Granville Symphony in Ohio. She has performed with numerous chamber groups around the country and, as founder and violinist of the Occoquan Chamber Players and Shenandoah Strings, Nadine has had many years of experience helping plan and organize chamber music for special events. Former director and primary violin teacher for the Woodbridge Suzuki School and the Shenandoah Junior Strings in Northern Virginia, Nadine has also taught at many Suzuki workshops and institutes in the Eastern U.S. and is currently very happy to be on the violin faculty of the Denison University Suzuki Program and Suzuki Music Columbus.
Douglas Locke, violin
Doug is a graduate of the University of Hartford’s highly acclaimed Hartt School of Music where he studied with Eric Rosenbilth and Philip Setzer of the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. A soloist, first violinist and founding member of the Bel Aurora Chamber Players, he is frequently in demand as a principal with professional groups including Newark Granville Symphony where he is principal second violin, and numerous freelance chamber groups. Doug is the Co-Artistic/Executive Director of the thriving violin, viola, cello school, “Suzuki Music Columbus” where he maintains a full studio of violin students and directs the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group. In addition, he stays quite busy as coaching and violin faculty for Chamber Music Connection and Otterbein University.
Susan Locke, violin/viola
A founding member of Bel Aurora, and a very busy freelance musician, Susan is our extremely versatile violinist/violist, easily switching from duos to trios, quartets and quintets with ease. Having earned a degree in viola performance from the Hartt School of Music and a Masters Degree in violin performance from Southern Illinois University, she also studied Susuki pedagogy with the well known Suzuki pioneer, John Kendall. In addition to playing chamber music, Susan performs as assistant principal second violin with Newark Granville Sympony, is on the violin and viola faculty at Otterbein University, is a faculty coach for Chamber Music Connection in Columbus and works as Co-Artistic/Executive Director, and violin/viola instructor with Suzuki Music Columbus! She and Doug have raised two wonderful young men – one, a professional violist and the other a professional violinist who are occasionally available to join in Bel Aurora performances.
Dawna Rone, viola
Dawna Rone earned a degree in viola performance from The Ohio State University, where she studied with Michael Davis, followed by a graduate degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, working with Catherine Carroll and Masao Kowasaki. She is an extremely active performing musician, playing in many chamber groups and symphony orchestras including stints as principal violist for both the Aspen Music Festival Opera Orchestra and the Westerville Symphony, and is a member of the Newark Granville Symphony and an associate violist with the Columbus Symphony. As if her performing schedule is not enough, Dawna is a trained Suzuki violin and viola instructor working with Suzuki Music Columbus, while parenting 3 wonderful, active young children with her husband Jeff in Hilliard, Ohio.
Bel Aurora Chamber Players
Bel Aurora, meaning “beautiful dawn” originated in 2017 when 5 musician friends – 2 violinists, 2 violists and a cellist - got together for an early breakfast and a reading of a Mozart string quintet. The group so enjoyed making music together that they began scheduling performances around the Columbus, Ohio area. Since then, these highly trained professional musicians have played in various combinations of string duos, trios, quartets and quintets for recitals, concerts, weddings and other special events. They have broadened their scope by joining with other fine musicians and expanding their repertoire to musical genres including popular classics, celtic, fiddle, tango, waltz, pop and even a little rock. They continue to enjoy working, playing and dining together!
You will have a chance to meet the musicians at a catered reception following their performance. Although the concert is free, the reception is $25 for non-members/non-subscribers to NGSO, and $20 for RHM members/NGSO subscribers. All students are free; registration requested by clicking the link above.
Can’t come to the concert but want to support the event? We accept donations!