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Members of the Mesa String Quartet are highly respected free lance professionals that live in the Phoenix Metro Area.  We enjoy performing together and would be honored to perform for you. 

The Mesa String Quartet now performs with the Phoenix String Quartet.
 and is an active member of  The Phoenix String Quartet Association   

Carl Reiter: violin

Carl holds a bachelors degree in music from Arizona State University and a masters degree from Northern Arizona University  His Doctoral work was completed at Northern Arizona University. He currently performs with the Phoenix String Quartet, and the Tempe Symphony and the Arizona Repertoire Orchestra, and the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra. As an educator he has taught at the University, Jr. College and Public Schools for over thirty years. Carl offers private instruction in Piano, Violin, and Viola at a studio in North Phoenix to serious students at all levels. (see contact us above)

Carl's orchestral affiliations include, the Tucson Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Tempe Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, Mesa Symphony and movie soundtracks with Studio Orchestras in California. His received his first contract with a professional orchestra at the age of fourteen and is currently lead violinist with the Phoenix String Quartet.

Nancy Reiter: violin

Received a bachelors in violin performance from Western Michigan University, a degree in string pedagogy from Arizona State University where she studied viola with Bill Majors, and a Masters of Musical Arts from Western Kentucky University. Nancy co-founded the young strings academy in Kalamazoo Michigan. She currently teaches orchestra for the Mesa Public School system, and performs with the Phoenix String Quartet, and the Tempe Symphony.

Nancy accepts a limited number of private students and teaches in private homes as well as her home studio. For information regarding private lessons, phone (see contact us above).

Holly Fulton: viola
     Violist Holly Fulton is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (New York) and a current Master's student in Viola Performance at ASU. She is an acomplished performer and appeared with the Ameropa Festival (Prague), The American Chamber Orchestra (Fairfield, CT), the Artsehcro (Carnegie Hall), the Nyack Orchestra (Nyack, NJ), the Phoenix String Quartet (Phoenix, AZ), and the Sarah Lawrence and ASU Symphonies. Holly studied with Sung-Rai Sohn (Korea), Vadim Mazo (Prague), Jirji Posledni (Prague), and Nancy Buck (Viola Faculty at ASU).

    She teaches Viola, Violin, and Music Theory. The top priority in Holly's tutelage is exploring each student's unique talents/goals and expanding them into their fullest, most gratifying form. Holly maintains her teaching studio at The String Shop of Arizona.

Adele Maxon
: viola
Adele is a graduate of Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona. She studied Viola performance at Pacific Lutheran University with Betty Agent. She is an active member of numerous string ensembles through the valley and has worked locally with Cathie Lowmiller, Annie, Center, and Bill Engelsman. Adele plays viola in the Tempe Symphony and is a member of the Phoenix String Quartet.  Adele resides in Kingman and tours with the Mesa String Quartet throughout Arizona. 

In addition to her musical abilities, Adele holds a holds a degree in German and Library Sciences. 

Jim Stanley
: cello
     Dr. Jim Stanley PhD is an outstanding performer and an inspiration to work with. He is currently a member of the Tempe Symphony and has appeared with numerous chamber ensembles throughout the valley. Jim is also an active member of the Phoenix String Quartet. He is the perfect blend of a performing artist and caring teacher. Dr. Stanley offers instruction to beginning and intermediate cellists who have a desire to make rapid progress and learn excellent technique.

     Dr. Stanley currently works with Tom Lanchoot at ASU where he teaches Kinetics of Materials, Physics, and Material Science.   

     Dr. Stanley teaches in Tempe out of his home.  Phoenix String Quartet Artist in Residence.


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