Teresa is a freelance violinist who currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has played professionally for over 25 years in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. She currently plays with the Asheville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, & Greenville Symphony. She has also been part of small ensemble groups that specialize in weddings, receptions, and corporate events and most recently co-founded Cabaletta Strings.
Teresa earned her Bachelors degree in violin performance from Converse College where she was concert master. During her college days she was selected to play the Spoleto Festival in Italy with Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam. She also spent summers studying at Brevard Music Center in Brevard N.C.
Some of Teresa’s musical highlights have been performing with Edwin McCain, Ray Charles, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Conner, Roberta flack, Moody Blues, and Seven Nations. During her free time, Teresa enjoys drawing her whimsical art, playing piano, volunteering at animal rescues, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.
Lori currently lives in Haywood County, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelors degree in performance and education at Ithaca College and earned her Masters degree in performance and Suzuki pedagogy at East Carolina University (ECU). While at ECU, Lori had the privilege of holding the position of Concert Master, won the Concerto Competition, and performed The Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the ECU symphony orchestra. During her graduate studies, Mrs. Hammel was also selected to play for the National Orchestra Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mrs. Hammel has played in various symphonies in her career including The Wilmington Symphony, The Orchestra of Northern New York, The North Carolina Symphony, and has been a member of the Asheville Symphony for over 20 years. She has also been part of various chamber music groups over the past 25 years for weddings as well as performing in recitals. One of the highlights has been playing chamber music with her mother, father, and three children in an annual family recital in Jekyll Island for nine years.
Mrs. Hammel collaborated with pianist, Renee Allsbrook, and released a CD in 2016. The CD is called, Call it Joy, which was comprised of Renee's original compositions for piano, voice and violin. Lori currently plays with the Asheville Symphony, has a private violin studio of 15 students and is co-founder of Cabaletta Strings. During her free time Lori enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her three children, husband, and two dogs and three cats.