Claire Allen

Claire Allen is a performing violinist and violin teacher in the Washington, DC area. She is in the first violin section of the Tysons-McLean Orchestra and is a founding member of the Lorien Quartet, the faculty quartet of George Mason University’s Community Arts Academy. Highlights from the 2017-2018 season include solo recitals with David Norfrey, recitals with the Lorien Quartet, and performances with the Tysons-McLean Orchestra. Previous solo recital experiences include performances at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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Laura Byrne

Laura Byrne is highly regarded on both sides of the Atlantic for her mastery of the Irish traditional flute and whistle. Laura began studying flute at age 9 in her native Vermont, and continued her studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in both flute performance and music education in 1995. Though classically trained, she chose to devote her musical career to Irish traditional music and is now considered one of only a handful to successfully cross over to traditional music from another genre.

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Lauren Rausch

Violinist Lauren Rausch enjoys a dynamic career as an artist-teacher in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. An active recitalist with programs this spring at Catholic University and historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, she performs regularly with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and recently represented Carnegie Hall as a teaching artist for PlayUSA, a program that supports music for children in underserved communities across the country.

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Monument Piano Trio

Described as “an ensemble in the truest form of the word”, the Monument Piano Trio was founded in 2004 by three friends who love and embrace chamber music. Coming from different award-winning musical backgrounds, each artist in the ensemble brings a unique style to the group, creating a distinctive sound that critics have called “one intricately voiced stream of music, taking the audience through lands of wonder, worry, pleasure and pain.”

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