Allison Peterson has been an active musician within the Wichita community her entire life. Daughter of Ruth and Harold Scheer, she performed with her parents and nine brothers and sisters around the city of Wichita during her growing-up years. She received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, followed by a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Wichita State. Like her mother Ruth Scheer, Allison is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international music fraternity. As the mother of the five Peterson children, she has been instrumental in teaching her daughters music and performing with them for the past twenty years. Allison played with the Wichita Symphony from 1981-1984 and with the Richardson Symphony from 1989-1991.
In June, 2008, Allison sang with her church choir in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Trudy Burkholder and composer Mark Hayes. In addition, Allison has participated in the pit orchestra for several operas produced by the Wichita Grand Opera, including "The Pearl Fishers" and "The Barber of Seville." She had the rare opportunity to play in the orchestra for Placido Domingo, Pavorotti and Josh Groban. As a member of the Cantabile String Quartet she frequently performs with her sister Valerie Sullivan, Violin Professor at Friends University. Allison has also been a prominent violin teacher within the Wichita area for many years.
Ashley (Peterson) Rescot
Ashley (Peterson) Rescot is a professional violinist and teacher residing in Springfield, IL. She began playing violin at the age of two through the Suzuki method. Ashley attended the Ottawa Suzuki Strings Institute for many years, as well as Ottawa’s advanced strings camp entitled Sound Encounters. In 2003, she won the Wichita Youth Talent Award for which she soloed with the Wichita Youth Symphony and served as concertmaster as well. That same year she won the Women’s Federated Music Award for her performance of Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto in b minor, 1st movement.
During her undergraduate years she participated in the Baylor Symphony and studied private violin lessons under Professor Eka Gogichashvili. She performed two recitals, one featuring Debussy’s Violin Sonata and the other Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, 3rd movement. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance in 2007. Ashley spent the following year teaching English in Paris as a Fulbright fellow where she performed in a Fulbright recital and recorded with a composer in Paris.
Ashley began her Master’s Degree in French at the University of Kansas in August, 2008. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in French Literature in December, 2010, and continued to teach French and violin in the spring of 2011.
In 2011, Ashley moved to the greater Chicago area where she taught French at a regional branch of Purdue University, as well as violin lessons in her private studio. In summer, 2013, she performed a chamber recital at the university, and then performed it again in Paris, France. During the fall of that same year, Ashley’s studio had the opportunity to attend a Chicago Symphony Children’s concert, followed by a performance of their own on Michigan Ave. In 2015, Ashley relocated to Springfield, IL where Ashley teaches and performs. Like her grandmother Ruth and mother Allison, Ashley is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon.
Sheree (Peterson) Lutz
Sherèe (Peterson) Lutz is currently the Assistant Registrar at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. As the Wichita Youth Talent Second Place Winner of 2005, she soloed with the Wichita Repertory Orchestra while also serving as concertmaster. That same year she won the Women's Federated Music Award. She and her mother, Allison, performed with Josh Groban and his band at his Wichita concert in 2004.
While at Baylor she participated in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Jazz String Quartet and studied privately under Professor Eka Gogichashvili. She performed a senior recital featuring Ravel and Bach. She was an active participant in Baylor's Chi Omega Chapter for which she soloed in the group's All University Sing Act in 2008. Sherèe had the opportunity to perform at South by Southwest film and music festival, in Austin, Texas with her sister Brittany in March, 2009.
In December 2009, Sherèe graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a minor in Violin Performance. From January through August, 2010, Sherèe worked at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City where she helped with the opening of the exhibition "The Katrina Paintings" by David Bates. Her research interests at KU included the relationship between visual arts and music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She worked at the Spenser Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.
On March 17, 2012, Sheree married Ben Lutz and then completed her Masters degree in art history in May, 2012. She and her husband now live in Kansas City where Sheree works at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. She is also a local violin instructor and continues to perform for various functions and weddings within her community.
Brittany Peterson is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Violin Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. As the Wichita Youth Talent Winner of 2007, she soloed with the Wichita Youth Symphony while also serving as concertmaster. The same year she received the Women's Federated Music Award for her performance of Saint-Saens' Violin Concerto in b Minor, 3rd movement. She attended college at Baylor University where she studied private violin lessons under Professor Eka Gogichashvili, played with the Baylor Symphony, and performed on occasion with the Waco Symphony as well.
In March, 2009 Brittany had the opportunity to perform at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas with her sister Sherèe. Although classically trained, Brittany also participated in the Baylor Jazz String Quartet and improvised with several Waco bands. She performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto for a concerto audition and gave two recitals, one featuring Debussy's Violin Sonata and the other the Violin Concerto in d minor by Sibelius. While at Baylor she was an active member of Chi Omega and played violin for several Greek functions and various weddings in the central Texas region.
Brittany now studies under violinist Chee-Yun Kim at Southern Methodist University. She is also a membor of the Dallas String Quartet. Check out her work at http://www.dallasstringquartet.com/ !
Kerri (Peterson) Parr
Kerri Parr gradaute with a degree in Violin Performance from Baylor University. In 2008, she won the Wichita Jester's Award for best musical actor in the Wichita Collegiate production of "Fiddler on the Roof." The following year, she won the Youth Talent Second Place Award for which she had the opportunity to solo with the Wichita Repertory Orchestra. She served as the concertmaster of the Wichita Youth Symphony and also won the Women's Federated Music Club Award for her outstanding performance of Lalo's Violin Concerto in F Major, 5th movement.
Kerri has participated in several music camps over the past few years, including Sound Encounters in Ottawa Kansas and Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. She now plays with the Baylor Symphony and studies privately under Professor Eka Gogichashvili. She performs frequently with her sister Brittany for several functions and weddings in the Central Texas region.
Christy PetersonChristy Peterson is a Wichita violin student studying under Valerie Sullivan, private violin teacher and Professor of Violin at Friends University. Christy has been studying violin for ten years and is a dynamic participant in the Wichita music scene. In 2008-2009 she served as concertmaster of the Wichita Chamber Players and is currently the concertmaster of the Wichita Repertory Orchestra.
This past year Christy won a first place medal for the best instrumental performance in the ACSI competition on violin and received Honorable Mention for her performance in the Wichita Youth Piano Competition. This summer she attended Sound Encounters Music Camp in Ottawa, Kansas. She has also participated in Kansas Dance Academy for the past nine years in ballet, tap, and jazz. Christy recently performed Czardas for a violin recital and regularly plays violin in Wichita with her mother and sisters.
Ron Daray is a seasoned accompanist of 6Violins and an accomplished concert pianist in the Wichita, Kansas area. He is classically trained and a master of classical music, pop music, and improvisation. Ron began his piano/organ studies at age 5. By the age of 13 he was performing on Cruise ships and competing in the Yamaha Electone Music Festival. By the age of 18, Ron had been a National Finalist three times at the Bing Theatre on the campus of The University of Southern California where the Yamaha Music Co. held the National Championships. His judges included such artists as Billy Preston, Maureen McGovern, Elmer Bernstein, Donny Osmond, Richard Carpenter and Patrice Rushen.
He studied locally with B J Warner at Hutchinson College in Hutchinson, Kansas and Dr. Andrew Trechak at Wichita State University where he earned his degree in Music Performance. While at Wichita State, Ron had the privilege of accompanying the WSU Symphony's performance of Carmina Burana and The WSU Percussion Departments world premiere of "Music for Percussion and Wrestling" at the PASIC convention in Knoxville, TN.
Ron currently is the Associate Organist and Director of Contemporary Music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS. He also is a staff accompanist at WSU and accompanies professionally for private studio's in the Wichita area.