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Classical music rises to the chapel’s rafters

Resident Ensemble to perform at Piedmont

POSTED: August 21, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Sounds from the 19th century will ring throughout the Piedmont College chapel Sunday afternoon as a new musical group performs for the first time.

The “Resident Ensemble,” will play for free at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in the chapel at 992 Central Ave. in Demorest.

The chamber ensemble includes Heather Strachan, violin; Rachael Fischer, violin; Megan Chisom Peyton, viola; David Peyton, cello; and Jeri-Mae Astolfi, piano.

Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist who is an artist in residence at Piedmont. Her performances have been featured in live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records, innova recordings and Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection, including the Performers’ Recording Series of the Society of Composers Inc.

Violinist Fischer began studying the violin at age 4. She maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and educator. The Ringgold native has performed across the United States and in Europe.

David Peyton is pursuing a doctorate in music theory at the University of Georgia, while performing professionally across the Southeast. He plays in the symphony orchestras of Augusta, Greenville, Toccoa and Chattanooga. He was previously the principal cellist for the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the ARCO Chamber Orchestra.

Megan Chisom Peyton began studying the violin at age 6 in a public school Suzuki strings program. The Texas native is a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. She has performed across the United States as a chamber and orchestral musician.

An adjunct professor at Piedmont College, Strachan is a former member of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Georgia Sinfonia, Macon Symphony Orchestra and Alabama Symphony Orchestra. She performs in orchestras and chamber groups throughout Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and is concertmaster of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium.

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