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.
Samson Lu, MD
Samson was born in China and came to the United States at the age of three to join his parents on Long Island, NY. Shortly thereafter, his father began teaching him violin. Music has since been shaping 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 plays music whenever the opportunity arises.
Samson discovered a passion for healthcare early in his college experience as a volunteer violinist at the University of Washington Medical Center. Through this experience, he had the opportunity to play music for patients, all the while learning from them: about their stories, desires, families, and wisdom. These moments of personal connection made him believe that working in the healthcare field was something he would be energized to do for the rest of his life. He subsequently began working in an HIV virology lab and was accepted into the Bioengineering Department, ultimately researching a potential diagnostic for Alzheimer’s disease.