Members of Tour de Fours
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Beverly Shih has been playing viola for six years. She started in sixth grade, choosing the instrument on a whim and not knowing quite what a viola was. However, she has since fallen in love with the rich tones of the instrument. Beverly has played in numerous orchestras, including Evergreen Philharmonic (3 years), and the Seattle Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra (1 year). Her chamber music experiences include numerous quartets and quintets, one of which won Second Alternate in the regional Solo and Ensemble competition in 2015. She joined Tour de Fours in search of another opportunity to enjoy music with friends in a way that would richly serve the community. Almost everything Beverly enjoys is related to music! She regularly bakes and can whip up a fabulous apple pie or a delicious batch of macaroons for her fellow Evergreen members. Additionally, she loves watching movies for their soundtracks.
Ken Lin is currently a junior at Issaquah High school, and has played the violin for five years, currently studying under Dr. Marcus Talley. He has years of experience playing in multiple ensembles, and has participated in many weddings and private corporate events. He began to play violin when he was in middle school, and was encouraged and inspired by his parents, who had also introduced him to a musical community at a young age. Since his debut as a violinist, Ken has since fallen in love with the nuances of ensemble intricacy. Ken believes that when a connection is felt between all the individual members of a quartet, a very special and intimate relationship is formed to complete a balance of musical expression and technicality.
Sophie Wang is currently a junior at Issaquah High School, and has been playing the viola for 6 years. She has participated in numerous orchestral programs including the Washington Music Educator Association All-State competition, Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Marrowstone Ensemble Program, and Evergreen Philharmonic of which she is the current principal. Her musical achievements include second place and Honorable Mention at the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. Sophie has also consecutively scored the highest possible rating during the Washington State Solo and Ensemble competition since 2012. Her ambition and motivation has placed her in the most prestigious orchestra in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Sophie began teaching viola lessons in the fall of 2014. This is Sophie’s first year in Tour de Fours, and she is very excited to have the privilege of working with such a talented group of musicians! Sophie hopes to attend the University of California in San Diego, and desires to major in biology with a minor in music studies. Her other various interests include martial arts, spending time with her pet snake Jake, and playing the acoustic guitar.
Benjamin Richardson began playing cello at the age of three. He has won several awards for solo and ensemble contests in the Washington State league, including first place at the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. He achieved the Tonkonogui Award for Excellence in Chamber Music during the Music Northwest Camp, and was also recognized for his performance in the Marrowstone and Seattle Young Artist Music Festivals. He was named principal cellist of the Seattle Youth Symphony in 2014. Ben has recently studied under the renowned tutelage of Walter Gray and Efe Baltacigil of the Seattle Symphony. In addition to playing cello, Benjamin has performed with the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint in Seattle since 2004. In his spare time, Benjamin also thoroughly enjoys the sport of curling.
Tyler has played violin for 8 years and is currently a member of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra (UWSO) and Seattle Philharmonic strings (SPO). In high school, he was a violinist in Evergreen Philharmonic, clinched a playoff spot at the Eastshore District’s Solo and Ensemble Festival (2016). His passion for music is second only to training and caring for dogs.
Forrest is currently a sophomore at the University of Washington (UW), pursuing a double degree in computer science and piano performance. He has been playing piano for thirteen years and violin for ten, and has played in various orchestras and small ensembles through the end of high school. In 2014, his group won second place in the large ensemble division of the regional Solo and Ensemble competition, and his small ensemble made it to the playoffs at the district level. Since high school, most of his musical efforts have gone towards playing chamber music on both piano and violin during his time at UW, alongside his solo piano studies with professor Craig Sheppard.
Jasmine Yang is a currently a sophomore at Skyline High School and she has played violin for 7 years. She used to play piano but soon fell in love with the violin. Aside from being in Evergreen Philharmonic, she has been a part of Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra for 5 years and has been concertmaster for the Premiere and Sinfonia orchestras. Currently she is principle second of the Youth Symphony. Additionally, she has competed in Solo and Ensemble Festival since 6th grade. In her free time, she likes to swim and play the ukulele. She has participated frequently in playing for seniors living in Spiritwood Retirement Center and other volunteer opportunities. Jasmine finds being a quartet very enjoyable and memorable because she believes that there is a bond among the members that is unbreakable.
Born out of Mineola, New York, Chris Moroney has always been willing to take up a challenge of any type. Chris plays the cello and other various instruments. Moroney first possessed his love for the cello through his sister, Claudia Moroney, a viola player. When he was 8 years old, Chris began to learn the basics of the cello with his sister’s encouragement. The two worked together to learn the cello, before Chris took lessons under Doctor Valerie Doerrfeld. Through his hard work in cello, Chris eventually began to play in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) program and Evergreen Philharmonic. He has earned the Francis Walton Youth Music Scholarship Award, as well as being nominated to the Washington State Youth Orchestra. He has also played in several BYSO camps as well as the Summer Tierra Music Intensive. Chris has taught his cello skills to other kids of youth programs, just as his sister had inspired himself to play the cello. Aside from cello, Chris plays hockey and throws the shot put and discus at school. He enjoys watching and playing sports and his favorite football team is the New York Jets.
Lizzie Clawson is an Evergreen Philharmonic alumna who has played the cello for more than 20 years, in a variety of styles and ensembles. She studied under the late Marjorie Parkington and honed her chamber music skills with Karen Iglitzen and Dr. Amy Dodds. Most recently she was part of the Sammamish Symphony, which led to stints with an offshoot of the Seattle Rock Orchestra and in the movie-scoring studio of Seattle composer Hummie Mann. Currently she plays cello and concertina with local folk band Canals of Venice. She has been known to haul her cello to work at Fred Hutch, where it passes the day in her cramped cubicle in the fundraising department until band practice time. A runner and voracious reader, Lizzie enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and dog.
Chloe is grateful to have the opportunity to play with Tour de Fours. She started on the cello when she was in sixth grade because there were not enough cello players in the middle school orchestra, but it was one of the best decisions she ever made. She has been playing for 6 years, and plans on continuing for much longer! As a member of the Evergreen Philharmonic, Chloe is dedicated to sharing music with other people through playing in ensembles and doing solo work as well. In addition to cello, Chloe has also been playing the piano for 10 years and participates in musicals at the Village Theatre through the Institute program. She always appreciates a good pun and is forever open to making new friends!
Austin is a classically-trained violinist, violist, and pianist, currently working as a software engineer at Red Ventures. A recent graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Austin spends his time maintaining and improving the Tour de Fours website and related services.
Founder / Owner
Caroline Miller is currently a senior at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. She is working toward her degree in social work, and plans to apply for her masters in medical social work and mental health at the University of Washington. Upon graduation, Caroline desires to work as a psychiatric evaluation panelist at a hospital in Seattle, Washington. Caroline has played the viola for fourteen years, and has advanced to state numerous times for both solo and quartet performance. She was awarded the Mith Niles scholarship her senior year of high school for her capacity in music service and collaboration, and just recently graduated from the Washington State Suzuki Academy. Caroline currently plays for the University music department at Olivet Nazarene University, and organizes various quartet experiences in the surrounding community near her school. Tour de Fours is Caroline’s most recent endeavor to conceive a new approach to entertainment through the quartet business in her local community. Caroline is proud of the consortium of musicians with whom she has the opportunity to work through the responsibility and musical enrichment that Tour de Fours offers. In her spare time, Caroline loves to hammock, longboard, ride horses, or watch movies.
Shannon graduated from University of Washington in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Music, pursuing a career in special education. During her time at UW, Shannon was part of Chamber Music Club at UW as a pianist/violinist and club officer, organizing quarterly concerts and collaborating with other classical musicians on campus. Shannon was a violinist in the UW Symphony Orchestra, Campus Philharmonia Orchestra, Seattle and Bellevue Youth Symphonies, and Evergreen Philharmonic. Shannon also brings customer service experience as an usher, then as an assistant student house manager at Meany Center of the Performing Arts and served patrons who love the arts as much as she does. An Issaquah High and Evergreen alum, Shannon is thrilled to be working with a talented group of young musicians in Tour de Fours and giving back to the Issaquah community. In her free time, Shannon enjoys baking, classical music, Broadway shows, and Zumba.
Secretary & Director of Financial Affairs
Katie graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. While at SPU, Katie participated in the university orchestra, the worship team at her church, and also contracted as a musician for local concerts and visiting artists such as Michael W. Smith. Katie is also an alum of Evergreen Philharmonic, having been part of the high school orchestra from 8th to 12th grade. Currently Katie works full-time as an analytical chemist for a Bothell-based pharmaceutical company that specializes in formulating antibody-based treatments for cancer. This position requires organization, multi-tasking, and maintaining a big-picture perspective, all of which lend themselves well to her new position with Tour de Fours. An Issaquah High and Evergreen alum, Katie is honored to be part of Tour de Fours and be able to give back to the Issaquah community. When she is not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her 16-month-old puppy Bruno.
Allen Kim is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying MSE and chemistry. He has been playing violin for ten years, and played in Evergreen Philharmonic for four years. He is currently part of a quartet at the UW, and arranges popular music for quartets. Allen plays several other instruments, most prominently the bass guitar and piano, and has been part of several musical groups. Outside of music, Allen is kept busy between balancing his schoolwork, managing a startup, and practicing several martial arts.
Olivia Wang is currently a sophomore at Issaquah High School, and has played violin for 4 years. After starting to learn piano when she was seven, Olivia furthered her musical journey in sixth grade when she began playing violin. Since then, she has competed in the Solo and Ensemble Festival, and played in Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, WMEA Junior All-State, as well as Evergreen Philharmonic. Olivia frequently performs both violin and piano pieces around the community, such as at senior centers, and for various church ceremonies. She finds the experience of playing in small ensembles and quartets very cherishable, as unforgettable music can be made with just a few instruments. When she has free time, she enjoys transcribing music, along with volunteering at different events with her friends.