Emily Laminack, violin & viola
Dr. Emily Laminack holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the University of Georgia, where she studied violin with Dr. Michael Heald and studied viola as her doctoral minor with Prof. Maggie Snyder. Dr. Laminack also earned her Master of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Georgia with Dr. Michael Heald. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at Reinhardt University, where she studied violin with Mr. Jay Christy, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Second Violin, and studied piano with Dr. George Lucktenberg, Reinhardt University’s former Artist in Residence.
Dr. Laminack taught as an Adjunct Instructor at Reinhardt University from 2012 to 2015, where she was the primary violin and viola instructor, the orchestra concertmaster and coach, an instructor of music appreciation, and a founding member of the Reinhardt Faculty String Quartet. While a student at the University of Georgia, she was employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for music theory and aural skills, taught non-major violin students for the UGA Community Music School, served as the University Symphony Orchestra’s head librarian, was a performer for the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and assisted with the UGA String Project. Dr. Laminack has taught violin and piano privately since 2003, and she was employed on the teaching faculty of the Johnson Ferry Conservatory for the Arts from 2007 to 2012. She currently teaches violin, viola, and piano for Carere Music, Inc. Dr. Laminack has performed internationally in Berlin, Germany, Salzburg, Austria, and throughout Italy and China, participating in orchestras, opera orchestras, chamber concerts, and solo recitals. She recorded in Los Angeles for the film score to the documentary Limited Partnership, and her local freelance orchestral work includes section violin with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Macon Symphony, the Rome Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra, and the Macon Pops Orchestra. Dr. Laminack studied piano for seventeen years, winning local GMTA auditions during her studies with Ms. Judith Dodd of Kennesaw State University. Dr. Laminack has a passion for chamber music and enjoys performing with family and friends in both professional and leisure settings.
DMA, University of Georgia: Violin Performance and Minor in Viola Performance
MM, University of Georgia: Violin Performance
BM, Reinhardt University: Violin Performance and Minor in Piano Performance
Joshua Chari, cello
Joshua K. Chari is a full time musician and teacher in Roswell/Alpharetta, GA. He owns Music By Tritone, teaches, performs and records cello and guitar, and produces studio strings in the Atlanta area. He also provides orchestral, sectional workshops and coaching in over a dozen area high schools and middle schools.
Joshua began his musical studies on the cello with the Suzuki Method at the age of 4. He went on to study with internationally known cello teacher Richard Aaron (presently a professor of cello at the Juilliard School formerly at the Cleveland Institute of Music) and Stephen Kates at the Peabody Conservatory-Johns Hopkins University. Joshua’s advanced guitar studies included work with Peter Vogl and Bill Hart (Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.)
Joshua has taught cello and guitar for over 16 years and has had many students participate in Georgia All State Orchestra, Georgia Honors Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. He teaches students of all levels -beginner to advanced and enjoys helping students develop their musical interests and achieve their goals.
Gabriel Monticello, double bass
Whether playing in a symphony orchestra, a country band, a rock band, or musical theater, Gabriel Monticello is always professional and brings a sense of excitement to every performance. His love for all types of music is evident in the eclecticism of his musical career.
Gabe’s musical journey began as a lead singer for a hard core metal band. From there he took up bass guitar, studying with Bill Brown, and played in numerous bands including Emerald Spirit and Young Country.
Gabe received a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from Valdosta State University where he studied Kontrabass with Dr. James Barket and studied Composition with Dr. Douglass Spaniol, Mr. Ed Barr, and Dr. Tayloe Harding. As a bassist Gabriel was a member of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the State Musical Theater of Georgia.
Gabe earned his Masters in Music from the University of Florida where he studied bass with Mr. Kevin Cassiday and studied composition with Dr. Budd Udell, Dr. Paul Richards, and Dr. Mark Engebretson. He also studied Electronic Composition with Dr James Sain and served as principal Bass for the University of Florida Symphony and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra.
Gabriel currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and performs in numerous bands including Spaceseed, The Ghosts Project, and Space Mirrors . He is the principal bassist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and The Chamber Cartel. Gabriel Also performs with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, and the Macon Symphony Orchestra. He has played with many artists including Sarah McLachlan, Chris Tomlin, Walfredo Reyes Jr, and János Starker.
As an educator, Gabriel teaches private lessons at The Music Loft in Lawrenceville, GA and is faculty for the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. Gabriel has given clinics for The University of Florida’s Bass Bash, Valdosta State University’s Day of Double Bass, and The Atlanta Music Project as well as many elementary, middle and high schools throughout Georgia and Florida.
His diverse compositional pallet includes chamber music, works for theater, ballets, rock, jazz, and movie sound tracking. Gabriel has composed music for the PBS documentary Natural Heroes, and the films Always remember the little things and Red light runners. You can learn more about Gabriel at www.gabrielmonticello.com