Emily Laminack Wetzel, violin
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
Serena Scibelli, violin
Violinist and violist Serena Scibelli, a native of Italy, currently maintains a national and international active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. She has performed across United States, Europe, Russia, Latin American, and Arabian Peninsula in theatre such as La Scala, Wiener Musikverein, Royal Opera House Muscat, Teatro Real de Madrid, Theatro Sao Pedro de Porto Alegre and she has had the honor to work with conductors such as John Axelrod, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Antonello Manacorda, Jose Luis Gomez, Oliver Gooch, David Handel, Jordan Bellincampi, Ottavio Dantone, and Imre Pallo’.
At the age of 14, Ms. Scibelli began performing in duo with the pianists Professors Annarosa Carnieri and Gulia Palandri, and she has played concerts and competitions throughout Italy every year. From 2015 she is playing in duo with the pianist Damon Denton (UGA faculty) and the pianist Mauro Ronca (Manhattan School of Music) and she has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including the Venice Symphoy in Florida, the Athens Symphony Orchestra in Georgia and the ARCO Chamber Orchestra in Athens, GA. From 2004 she has been a finalist in orchestra auditions, such as Venice Symphony FL, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Felice Theatre of Genova, Pomeriggi Musicali of Milano, AsLiCo-Theatre of Como, Puccini Opera Festival, and Orchestra Theatre of Chieti.
During her musical education, Ms. Scibelli has received outstanding accolades, including 4th place in the 2nd National Competition of Musical Performance Hiberni Civitas in 1998, 1st place for the Scholarship Cogo – Volterrani in the violin category in 1999, a special award in 1999 as violin soloist in the orchestral category of Competition of Music Ensemble for Children and Youth in the city of Perugia, and a scholarship in 2013 from the School Rodolfo Del Corona of Livorno in recognition of her studies and her passion for the violin. From 2012 she is the recipient of a full time Graduate Assistanship from the University of Georgia and in 2015 and 2016 she received the Jan Fowler-Cross scholarship and the Director’s Excellance Award from the UGA School of Music In recognition of exemplary scholarship, musicianship, service, and leadership at the graduate level.
Ms. Scibelli is being coaching chamber music for the UGA Chamber Music Society and giving master classes, clinics, and performances at high schools, universities and music schools throughout the United States and Europe, including The University of Georgia, Georgia Gwinett College, Berry College, Fort Lewis College, Mill Creek High School, Padre Annibale di Francia School in Monza, IT, Rodolfo Del Corona Music School in Livorno, IT, Clara Schumann Music School in Collesalvetti, IT, among others.
An enthusiast teacher, Ms. Scibelli is Teaching Assistant in violin and viola at the University of Georgia, where she is earning a Doctorate in violin performance with viola as a minor. Her Bachelor’s degree was from the Conservatory L. Cherubini of Florence, and after it, she obtained a Master’s Degree at the Conservatory A. Steffani of Castelfranco Veneto, with Maestro Domenico Nordio. She continued post-graduate studies with Maestro Massimo Quarta at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland at Lugan and after it, a Second Master of Musical Arts in violin performance at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia.
Currently she is serving as Concertmistress at the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Venice Symphony, FL, and first viola at the ARCO chamber orchestra.
Katerina Lewis, viola
Katerina Lewis is a freelance performer and teacher of viola and violin whose diverse interests and talents have served her well in starting a thriving career in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. Katerina began her musical studies at age eleven under the baton of renowned string teacher Earl Kuutti. By 14, she was performing professionally, and by 16, she had started her own teaching studio.
Katerina received a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Converse College in 2007. At Converse, she served as principal violist in the Converse Symphony Orchestra, held a contract with the Spartanburg Philharmonic and helped launch an international chamber music festival hosted by Converse in Grantham, England. Katerina then went on to earn her master’s degree in Music Performance at Georgia State University, where her studies with Tania Maxwell Clements encouraged her to broaden her ideas of what a professional musician’s career could be like.
Since finishing graduate school in 2009, Katerina has worked as a substitute musician for many local symphonies, performed with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra each year as a section member and starting in 2012 as the orchestra’s principal violist, and worked as one-third of one of the most sought-after string groups in the Atlanta area, Luna Strings. She also teaches viola and violin to students of all ages in the Midtown and Dunwoody neighborhoods. In her free time, Katerina enjoys traveling, spin classes, reading, eating oysters, watching baseball, and doing background work in film and TV productions.
Ana Abrantes, cello
A native of Campos do Jordão, Brazil, Ana Abrantes has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States and Brazil. As an avid orchestra player, she was a member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Meridian Symphony Orchestra, performing with renowned artists such as Renee Fleming, Manuel Barrueco, and Itzhak Perlman. At the University of Georgia, Ms. Abrantes has served as the principal cellist of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, the University of Georgia’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Hodgson String Quartet. Ana is the principal cellist of the Athens Symphony Orchestra and a core member of the Macon Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Abrantes has her Suzuki teaching certification and uses this as the basis for her teaching method. She currently holds a studio and teaches at the UGA Community Music School. Ms. Abrantes is also passionate about performing a variety of musical styles. She has performed with the Brazilian pop band Roupa Nova, and is passionate about pursuing diverse musical opportunities.
Ms. Abrantes holds a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Georgia, and is a doctoral candidate in cello performance with a minor in music theory at the University of Georgia. Abrantes’ principal teachers include Alexander Russakovsky and David Starkweather.
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