Caitlin Kirchner earned a degree in Violin Performance from UW-Oshkosh, where she also studied the viola. In school she served as the Concertmaster/Assistant Concertmaster of the University Symphony, and played in various chamber ensembles.
She has taught privately both in an independent studio and with the Menasha Joint School District AfterBeat Program. She was also a sectional coach with the Rock Infused Orchestra. Currently she performs as a member of Resonancia String Quartet, which she also co-manages, and as a freelance musician.
Caitlin enjoys playing and teaching many styles of music from fiddle to classical.
Marissa Buelow has been a violinist for over 28 years. She was personally tutored to the equivalent of a graduate level in music by Dr. Fiorella Sommer-Link (an internationally-known solo violinist and music professor holding degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in NY, the Juilliard School of Music in NY, and the Adelaide College of the Arts in Australia, who currently teaches in Germany), and has performed some of the most technically demanding violin pieces. Marissa has also worked with the former Camerata Fiorentina classical orchestra in Green Bay, teaches individual lessons and group clinics in the Menasha Joint School District’s music education program and Neenah's Rock Infused Orchestra, and teaches privately. In her teaching, Marissa uses a well-balanced notation-reading curriculum blending the fast-track foundation of Essential Elements For Strings, the structure of Suzuki's graded levels, left- and right-hand technique-building exercises, and a repertoire of essential classical violin pieces, with modern pieces (from musicals, movies, television, pop culture, well-known bands, and video games) sprinkled at points throughout for fun, interest, and learning of alternate/modern techniques. She also coaches students through pieces assigned by their school, orchestra, or any other music program they may be enrolled in, as well as pieces they wish to play on their own.
A cellist of 12 years, Lamers has studied and performed works from the genres of classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk, experimental contemporary, electronic, and world music. His education from Dr. Katherine Decker, Dr. Andrew Briggs, and Miyoko Grine-Fisher, in addition to master classes from Mike Block & Matt Turner, has given Lamers a nuanced and diverse understanding of the cello. These influences, along with his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy & Music Industry from the UW-Oshkosh, have aided in Lamers’ signature approach to performing and teaching, which seeks to blend fundamental techniques, theory comprehension, individual expression, and an understanding of the connection between music and other disciplines.
Along with being the resident cellist of Resonancia String Quartet, Lamers is an instructor, recording engineer, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
Recipient of the competitive Ed Karrels Continuing Music Scholarship (2014-2018)
Kaukauna High School Conductor’s Award for outstanding leadership (2014)
Winner of the Fox Valley Jazz Festival Improvisational Solo Competition (2012)