Charles S. Calandra
Charles Calandra is a composer and performing guitarist. He formed Calandra, an Eloquent Blending of Strings in 2007 and has featured accomplished violinists.
His compositions defy any specific genre. The music is very melodic and emotional in content and has been well received. His first album was released December 22, 2018 debuting at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, Florida.
Michelle Jones is a Grammy® Recording Artist, Producer, composer/arranger and international violin and viola instrumentalist crossing all music genres. Michelle has performed on three continents including the prestigious Peoples Hall of Congress in Beijing, China. Michelle has composed and recorded music for films and full-length documentaries. She has worked with Robin Cowie and other celebrated producers.
Dana Tolan began her studies in violin at the age of seven in Romania. She earned her Masters Degree in Violin Performance in 2007, at Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. She is currently performing and providing instructional violin in Florida and has extensive professional affiliations throughout the state. Dana enjoys here position as a part-time Disney violinist cast member at Walt Disney World, Orlando. She also regularly tours Asia with the Mantovani Orchestra and the Hollywood Touring Orchestra.
Chia-Yi (Jocelyn) Hsu
Jocelyn Hsu is a Taiwanese-American violinist who began playing violin at nine years old. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Florida State University.
Jocelyn is affiliated with the Tallahassee, Albany, Valdosta and Space Coast Symphony Orchestras. With her classical training, Jocelyn is also developing her music career in non-classical genres where she has performed for musical productions such as Cinderella, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and A Christmas Carol. Beyond live performances she has also recorded with various artists.
Susana Szakacs was born in Romania where she earned her Baccalaureate degree in music. She specialized in violin at the Conservatory of Cluj Napoca. Susana sat first chair violin in the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampa Bay Orchestra and performed with the Manheim Steamroller Orchestra. She has performed with celebrities including, but not limited to, Sarah Brightman, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Diana Ross. She has dedicated her life to music education and has studied in various universities abroad.
Samson was born in China and came to Long Island, New York at age three where he lived with his parents. His father began teaching him violin and it has since shaped his life. He was concertmaster of his high school orchestra in Tri-Cities, WA, and continued to study violin at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle from Kyung Sun Chee, Maria Larionoff, and Ron Patterson. He is now an interventional radiology resident at the University of South Florida (USF), but he still performs music on occasion.