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April Brenning PictureApril Brenning comes from a very musical family, and her earliest childhood memories are of family jam sessions playing Western Swing and Bluegrass music with her dad on fiddle, her brother on piano and her uncle on the five-string banjo. Ms. Brenning began playing the violin in fourth grade in the Arlington Independent School District’s orchestra program and continued until she graduated from high school. She also learned fiddle music from her dad and played in many jam sessions during her childhood.

Ms. Brenning served in the U.S. Army Reserves while attending the University of Texas at Arlington. She studied violin under Dr. Robert McCashin and graduated with her Bachelor of Music in 1993.

Ms. Brenning began teaching private violin and viola lessons in 1996 for the Arlington Independent School District. After moving to Granbury in 1998, she started a private studio and began studies to become a registered Suzuki teacher. Ms. Brenning continues to play and teach fiddle music. She has been the instructor of the strings program at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Granbury since 2005. Ms. Brenning maintains her own teaching studio giving students lessons on violin, viola, cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar.

Church music is a big part of Ms. Brenning's life. She has been playing on contemporary praise and worship teams since 1985. Playing in this environment helped develop her ability to play by ear and improvise. She knows her calling is to minister to the church through her music and is often asked to perform with other church worship teams and in small orchestras during the holidays. Ms. Brenning is also a member of the Brazos Chamber Orchestra.

She is a member of Grace Community Church in Glen Rose, Texas. Her interests include teaching children’s Sunday school, Biblical counseling, reading, bird watching, playing the cello, pickin’ on her banjo, bicycling, camping and hiking with her husband, Shawn, and two daughters, Shannon and Mandy.

 

Kim Payne PictureKimberly A. Payne began playing the violin at age eight. Ms. Payne is an accomplished musician of many methods and has played with various organizations throughout the states of Missouri, Florida and Texas. She began teaching in 1988 for an after-school program of string players and has continued her teaching on and off throughout the years. Some of her accomplishments include serving as Concertmistress for the Coral Springs Chamber Orchestra and the Cape Girardeau Civic Orchestra and Principal Second for the Broward County Symphony.

Ms. Payne was a Naval scholarship recipient and a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics while playing for the University Philharmonic. She served six years as a Naval Officer, providing her an opportunity to play abroad in various countries and holds an M.A. from Webster University in Human Resources Development.

Currently, she is the 7th and 8th grade math teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Granbury. She also teaches private violin and viola lessons and plays for the Brazos Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Payne enjoys playing second violin with her string quartet, “Strings 4 All Seasons” and spending time with her husband, Eric, and two daughters, Claire and Grace.

   

Enikö Walter-Howard PictureEnikö Walter-Howard began playing the viola in fifth grade in the Fort Worth Independent School District's orchestra program, and has been continuously playing ever since. She began to study with Laure Bruton, principal violist of the Fort Worth Symphony, while still in high school. Continuing her studies at University of Texas at Arlington, she studied with Joni Baczewski and Cathy Forbes. She received her BM and MMEd from University of North Texas where she studied with Dr. George Papich. After graduating from UNT, she taught orchestra in the Fort Worth ISD. Ms. Howard has performed with various ensembles in the D/FW Metroplex. She currently freelances and is a member of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

 

Rachel Jarvis PictureRachel Jarvis grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and studied cello at the University of Oklahoma with former principal cellists of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Dr. Marjory Cornelious and Greg Sauer. After moving to Texas in 1997, Rachel played with the TCU Symphony and String Orchestra, and was the principal cellist of the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra from 2000-2004. During this time, she studied with former principal cellist of the Fort Worth Symphony Dr. Harriet Risk-Woldt.

Rachel taught strings at Tarrant County College until creating Mid-Cities Strings music school in 2002. Her ensembles have performed at the Capitol building in Austin, the Gaylord Texan Convention Center, the Texas Motor Speedway, Casa Manana Theater, and for other civic events.

When not teaching and conducting, Rachel is a freelance musician and cellist in the Brazos Chamber Orchestra. She is also the Associate Conductor for the Flower Mound Preparatory Orchestra. Through Young Audiences of North Texas and the Texas Commission on the Arts, Rachel has performed American and World music programs in schools across Texas with the band, "Tin Roof Tango". She also volunteers with the string program at Northside High School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rachel is a member of the Texas Private School Music Educators Association, an active member of the E. Clyde Whitlock Music Club of the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, and cellist in the Whitlock String Quartet.



 
Strings 4 All Seasons also conducts a week long summer string camp in July for children and adults. It is two hours of playing together in a small string orchestra and a small ensemble and also a music appreciation class. All of the students and parents love our concert at the end of the week. If you are interested in joining our camp please contact us.
 
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