Personnel


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Quality Performance

Elegant Entertainment draws its talent from a network of skilled musicians. Whether you choose the string quartet, a smaller string ensemble, a guitar/violin duo, solo violin, brass ensemble or soloist, you can be sure of top-notch entertainment when you work with us.

 

Musical Personnel

Currently, our regular performers include the following:

Maretta K. Alden (First violin, flute, viola)

Maretta AldeMaretta K. Aldenn, violinist and teacher, works throughout the Miami Valley. In addition to maintaining a private violin studio, she has been a faculty member at the Stivers School for the Performing Arts, the Miami Valley String Academy, and Colonel White High School in Dayton. Currently, she teaches in Wilmington and Kettering for private students in both the Suzuki method and traditional lessons. Alden has performed in many orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic, Middletown Symphony, Richmond Symphony in Indiana, and the Springfield Symphony. Besides being the founding member of the Elegant Entertainment String Quartet, she has been a member of the Wilmington College Piano Trio, Kettering Strings Conductor, and the Music Director and Conductor of the Wilmington College Community String Orchestra. She lives with her daughter, Emma Saville, and her husband, Scott Saville, near Sabina, Ohio.

Maretta can work with you to assure your musical preparations are perfect for your event.

 

Donna McFarland

Donna McFarland (cello)

Donna McFarland has been playing the cello since the age of eight. A past member of the Wright State University Orchestra, Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Junior Philharmonic, Donna has also appeared with many other musical ensembles, large and small, in the Miami Valley. Donna also worked in the broadcast industry for WONE Radio, WTUE Radio. WDTN-TV, WKKEF-TV and WRGT-TV for many years. She played in the Highland Ensemble for six years, a group that includes a classical guitar, classical harmonica and cello. She is currently a cellist and the business manager for Elegant Entertainment.

As our business manager, Donna keeps the book on what dates are available and will work with you to schedule your event.

 

Donna Taft (violin)

A grDonna Taftaduate of Miami University, Donna Taft has performed with the Hamilton Symphony and has taught strings in the Hamilton City Schools. Her teaching credits include a 25-year professional relationship with Dayton Public Schools. Donna developed the orchestra program at Stivers Performing Arts School, and served as that school’s first orchestra director. Besides her work at Stivers, Donna established a Suzuki-based program of violin instruction at the Cleveland Avenue School for the Arts in Dayton. Donna has been performing with Elegant Entertainment since the late 1990s and maintains an active schedule of private lessons.

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Bill Slusser (violin)Bill Slusser

Bill Slusser was born and grew up in Alliance, Ohio. Bill received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace in Berea, Ohio. For 26 years he served in the Air Force. Almost all of that time he was a member of the Air Force Band’s Strolling Strings. He played the violin for Presidents Ford through Clinton during that time and received his Master’s of Music degree from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was both the director and superintendent of the Air Force strings and retired from that position in 1996 as a Chief Master Sergeant. Since then, he has lived in Dayton, performing with the Springfield Symphony, Middletown Orchestra, Sorg and Whitewater Opera, and the Columbus Symphony. He has taught at the University of Dayton and in the Dayton public schools. Currently he is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic and also serves as librarian for the Philharmonic.

 

Corey Hall (violin)

Corey HallCorey Hall is a graduate of Miami University and has taught orchestra in public schools for over ten years. In college, she played in several string quartet performances, served as the concertmistress of the MU Symphony Orchestra, and presenting three solo recitals. She has performed in many venues, including locations such as Boston, Dallas, Austin, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In 2000, she toured Europe with the Oxford Chamber Orchestra and performed at the Cathedral Basilica in Luxembourg as part of the Luxembourg International Music Festival. She has performed with Josh Groban and has collaborated with electric rock string group, The Section Quartet. She completed her Master of Education degree in 2010. Corey performs locally with Middletown Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony.

 

Ken Clark (viola)Ken Clark

Ken, a resident of Xenia and a writer for IBM, has performed as a violist in the Miami Valley for more than 30 years. Ken is a past member of both the WSU Orchestra and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, and has also played with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in many small ensembles, including the Cavalier String Quartet in Virginia Beach, and has played for Elegant Entertainment since its inception in 1999. He has worked as a soloist with the Springfield Arts Council, and has played in the orchestras for numerous local music productions–sacred and profane.

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Linda Katz (cello)

Dr. Linda KatzLinda Katz has taught cello privately since the late 1960s. She received her BS and BMus degree from the University of Oregon, and her MMus and DMA from the Ohio State University. Dr. Katz has played in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977 and was principal for 23 years. She has specialized in Baroque performance practice as well as chamber music. She is currently in the String Quintet of the DPO and a SPARK musician for Parkwood, Cleveland, Dayton Lutheran, and St. Christopher schools.

Dr. Katz has taught at WSU, UD, and Sinclair and is currently teaching at Stivers Music Magnet. She is active playing weddings and background music with several groups, including Elegant Entertainment. Dr. Katz is an active Suzuki Teacher and has attended workshops in Stevens Point, Ithaca, Columbus and Springboro, Ohio.

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Victor Firlie (cello)

Victor FirlieWilliam Victor Firlie has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 1986. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico & San Francisco State University under the tutelage of Joanna De Keyser and Laszlo Varga. His graduate studies included Yale School of Music under Aldo Parisot. Victor has had the opportunity to perform concertos with the New Mexico Symphony, Promusica ensemble of Santa Fe, Roswell Symphony, Los Alamos Philharmonic and others. His orchestral background also includes Sacramento Symphony, San Jose Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Oklahoma Symphony, and the Orchestra De Mineria Mexico City. He has had extensive chamber music opportunities including Yale Summer School of Music and Art, June Music Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He enjoys playing quartets with his two children Dylan & Alena, both talented violinists.

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Abby Williams (guitar)

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Scott Saville (guitar)

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