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Ariel Eliot, violin, has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Florida (2000), and was also a part of the graduate string quartet. She freelances around the state with the Jacksonville Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and others. Ariel also performed with the Savannah Symphony from 2000-2002. She enjoys participating in summer music festivals, and has attended the Blanche Bryden Chamber Music Institute at the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas, and the Western Slope music festival in Crested Butte, Colorado. Ariel is currently producing a chamber music series at the Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville. Ariel is an active performer and she enjoys arranging interesting pieces to add to the repertoire of Azalea Strings. You can email Ariel at ariel@azaleastrings.com.
Jesse Long, violin, graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with a Master of Music in Violin Performance. During his graduate work, he was awarded an assistantship to perform as a part of the graduate string quartet. Jesse has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony (Sarasota), Southwest Florida Symphony (Fort Myers), Valdosta Symphony, and others. He was also the concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Savannah Symphony from 2000-2002. Jesse has participated in summer music festivals such as the Western Slope festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Jesse also studied and performed at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. He is an active musician in the community, enjoys chamber music, and maintains a private lesson studio. You can email Jesse at jesse74@gmail.com.
Renee Bartholow, cello, has a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Violoncello Performance from the University of Florida (2002). Renee was an active musician growing up in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, and took part in many honors orchestral and chamber music programs. Inspired by a master class teacher, Mark Tanner, she decided to come to Gainesville to study with him at the University of Florida. Currently, Renee performs with the Valdosta Symphony, the Central Florida Symphony, the Central Florida Philharmonic, and the Albany (GA) Symphony. She has also performed in various chamber ensembles throughout Florida and Georgia. Renee is principal cello of the performing trio Azalea Strings, and she is very active in the wedding services community in Gainesville. Renee enjoys chamber music and performing Latin American works such as the Tango and the Brasilian Choro. She is currently building a private lesson studio in Orange Park and Gainesville. You can email Renee at renee@azaleastrings.com.

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