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The Silver Strings provide elegant musical
entertainment for weddings, receptions, and special events in northern Nevada
and nearby California.
The group began playing together in the Carson
in 2000 and has performed as a string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello) and various duet, trio,
and quartet combinations, sometimes including flute and guitar.
The current quartet (2019) composed of Catherine Park & Elinor Bugli (violins),
Teri Howley-Barbera (viola), and Becky Crowe (cello).
Quartet, prior to 2018, composed of Sue Jesch, Elinor Bugli, Lou Groffman, and Marie Groves.
Trio, prior to 2018, consisted of Elinor Bugli, Laura Gibson, and Lou Groffman.
Quartet, prior to 2018, composed of Ellie Bugli, Laura Gibson, Lou Groffman, and Sue Jesch.
Quartet at Nevada State Museum (2012) composed of Eric Stern, Ellie Bugli, Marie Groves,
and Lou Groffman.
Quartet in 18th Century period dress (2009) composed of Ellie Bugli, Sue Jesch, Marie Groves,
and Lou Groffman.
Some Present and Past Members of the Silver Strings
Elinor Bugli, violin, plays
in the Carson City Symphony and Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, has played in the Foundation Orchestra and the
Ruby Mountain Symphony, and is manager of the Silver Strings. She is also President
of the Carson City Symphony Assoc.
Catherine Park, violin,
is a first violinist in the Carson City Symphony.
Teri Howley-Barbera, viola, is a violist in the Carson City Symphony.
Becky Crowe, cello, is a cellists in the Carson City Symphony. She
plays an instrument that she built herself.
***Past and occasional members***
Laura Gibson, violin,
is Associate Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony.
Brian Fox, occasional violinist and violist with the Silver Strings,
is Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony and plays in several
Reno ensembles. He teaches string instruments in Carson High School, Carson Middle School, and Eagle Valley Middle
Lou Groffman, cello, is principal cellist
with the Carson City Symphony, was a cellist with Ruby Mountain Symphony, and has performed with the Foundation Orchestra (Reno) and
TOCCATA Symphony Orchestra (Incline Village). He studied performance with Joanna
de Keyser (University of New Mexico) and currently maintains a music school in
Carson City teaching cello.
Marie Groves, viola, was a violist in the Carson City Symphony and plays in several
Reno ensembles. She also plays piano, clarinet, and percussion, as well as other string
Jesch, violin & viola, was Concertmaster of
the Carson City Symphony, and performed with
the Foundation Orchestra and the Ruby Mountain Symphony. She also Education Director
responsible for Carson City Symphony's highly successful Education
Programs: Symphony Youth Strings, Strings in
the Summer, and the Not Quite Ready for
Carnegie Hall Players.
Eric Stern, violin, is principal violist in the
Carson City Symphony and plays viola in the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra in Minden, Nev.
He has played violin and viola with the Ruby Mountain Symphony and Reno Pops Orchestra.
He specializes in Baroque, Classical, Modern Rock, Crossover, and Experimental Music,
and has teaches violin and viola privately in Reno.