Margaret Petty – Cello

Margaret Cording Petty, Greensboro, NC, divides her time between cello free-lancing and instruction, composition, and hymnology, teaching as associate professor at a faculté in Aix-en-Provence, France.  Before coming to Greensboro she resided north of Paris for thirty-two years, where she directed college choirs and wrote music for French churches.  She did her musical studies at Wheaton College, IL (B. Mus.Ed.), Boston University (M.M. in cello performance), and the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne (Ph.D. in musicology).

Lauren Shriver – Cello

Lauren Shriver graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, where she studied with Peter Stumpf. There she performed with the IU Philharmonic Orchestra and Terre Haute Symphony. Since moving to Greensboro in December 2012, she has become the Assistant Principal cellist in the Raleigh Symphony and performs often throughout the Piedmont area. She began teaching private students with the Renaissance Music Academy based out of Blacksburg, VA in February 2013 and maintains a private studio near Danville, VA. Lauren is originally from Ashland, VA, and was very involved with the Richmond Symphony through their youth orchestra program growing up. She works alongside her students, encouraging them as they develop their love for music and the cello, specifically.

Bethany Uhler – Cello

Born in Pennsylvania, Bethany Uhler studied at Kutztown University with Marie-Aline Cadieux, and in Philadelphia with Yumi Kendall. After eight years of private studio teaching in PA, Bethany moved to the Philippines for four years. During her time in Asia, she taught cello, double bass, and music theory at a small college in Manila, and performed, taught and recorded all over the Philippine islands, and in Hong Kong and Australia. She is currently in the doctoral program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro studying with Alexander Ezerman. Bethany is a member of the Catawba Piano Trio and UNCG's Graduate Piano Trio, substitutes for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, teaches group cello classes for high-risk children at a Salvation Army Center and works as a graduate assistant in Music History and chamber music coach at UNCG.

Christen Blanton – Viola/Violin/Fiddle/Banjo

Christen Blanton is a musician/educator currently residing in Greensboro, North Carolina. She hails from New York, and comes from a large family of musicians. Christen holds degrees in music education and viola performance from the State University of New York at Potsdam (BM) and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MM). She has studied viola with Dr. Peter Bucknell, Dr. Shelly Tramposh, and Dr. Scott Rawls. She has been a member of the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Christen maintains an active playing career in classical music, while still pursuing her personal interests in music history and ethnomusicology. While completing her Master’s degree at UNC-G, Christen had the great fortune to enroll as a founding member of the Old-Time Ensemble and meet Mark Dillon and Dan Clouse. After years of playing music together, they formed the Zinc Kings in the fall of 2010, and dedicated themselves to preserving the music of the North Carolina Piedmont. Since becoming a Zinc King, Christen has placed in several fiddle contests, including the Eastern Randolph Fiddler’s Convention and the Charlie Poole Festival.

A passionate music educator, Christen teaches classroom music, choir, and violin at St. Pius X Catholic School, and maintains a large studio of violin, viola, and fiddle students at Moore Music Company in Greensboro. She believes that traditional music has much to offer young musicians, and works tirelessly to incorporate folk and roots elements into the standard music curriculum. Christen is an active member of the National Association for Music Educators and the American String Teachers Association. She is engaged to the Zinc Kings’ bassist Ryan Mack, and the two enjoy camping, cooking, and traveling in their spare time. Christen is eternally indebted to Dr. Revell Carr of UNC-G for introducing her to the many pleasures of playing Old-Time music.

Ryan Mack – String Bass

Ryan Mack is a bass player and music educator currently living in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ryan hails from Watertown, South Dakota where he studied bass while in high school. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he received his Bachelor of Music Education. While at Concordia, Ryan had the opportunity to travel to Europe with their orchestra and tour the Midwest. Ryan also performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony as a section bass player. In 2005, Ryan attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received a Masters in String Bass Performance under the tutelage of Mr. Craig Brown. Ryan currently teaches elementary music where he is able to spread his love of music. Ryan is the bass player with The Zinc Kings, an old-time and Piedmont blues band. He also has experience playing gypsy jazz and swing music and continues to expand his abilities with other styles of music.

Virginia Masius – String Bass/Bass Guitar/Guitar

Virginia Masius started playing bass in the suburbs of Chicago at age 10. She attended East Carolina University, and then finished her Bachelor's Degree in Music at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1991. She is currently playing with Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Principal Bass in Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Virginia also plays with Floydz Circle Band, a blues/rock band based out of Rockingham County, NC. She has been teaching in the Greensboro area for 15 years, and has been performing professionally throughout the state for 25 years.

Naomi Woods – Violin
Naomi Woods has been studying the violin for almost 18 years. She has performed in orchestras at the college and professional level, and has given both solo and chamber music recitals in Greensboro, NC, Waco, TX and Vaparaiso, Chile. She loves finding new ways to interact with the community through music. Recent examples include a string quartet recital in a noisy coffee shop, interactive performances for elementary school music classes, and Sunday services with her church worship band. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, and is comfortable with students of all ages and skill levels. Naomi lives in Greensboro with her husband, Tyler.

Catherine Box
– Viola / Violin

Catherine Box is a native of Texas where she began playing the viola in her school orchestra in 5th grade. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and her Master of Music Performance degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Catherine has studied viola with Dr. Kathryn Steely, Dr. Scott Rawls, and Erika Eckert. She has studied violin with Dr. Fabian Lopez.

Catherine currently lives in Greensboro where she enjoys performing and teaching students of all ages. She has been teaching violin and viola lessons for 8 years. She has taught both young beginners and older students, having successfully prepared high school students for college auditions. She is currently a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and also frequently performs with the Winston-Salem Symphony as a substitute violist.