Faculty String Quartet
The UNI Faculty String Quartet was
formed in the fall of 2005 to lead a renewed
interest in chamber music in the Cedar Valley. Its members, violinists Frederick Halgedahl and Therese Fetter, violist Julia Bullard, and cellist Jonathan Chenoweth, all serve as string faculty in the School of Music and have played together for many years. The group's activities includes a wide variety of on-campus performances during the year, including faculty recitals and chamber music evenings, and occasional appearances on artist series
in communities throughout the state.
Frederick Halgedahl is well-known to Iowa concert goers, having served at one time or another as concertmaster of the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestras. Beyond his teaching duties in the violin studio,during his 17 years at UNI he has founded and directed a baroque chamber orchestra (Camerata Northern Iowa), published pioneering research on ALF tones (anomalous low frequencies) with physics colleague Roger Hanson, and taught survey courses in British and American poetry at both UNI and the Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg. During his career, Halgedahl has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburgisches Staatsorchester, the Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, and for one season, Acting Concertmaster of the Savannah Symphony.
Violinist Therese Fetter, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began her studies with Jaroslav Vanecek at the Irish College of Music. After successfully launching her professional career with the Radio Eireann Symphony (at the age of sixteen), and later The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, she moved to the United States, where she played with the National Ballet Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the New Orleans Philharmonic. Ms. Fetter joined the faculty of the UNI Suzuki School in 1978 and served as its Director from 1986-2000. Her students have gone on to study successfully at such prestigious institutions as Harvard, the Cleveland Institute, Northwestern, Indiana University and the Eastman School. Concertmaster of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony for a decade, Fetter was also a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival for twenty-eight years.
Julia Bullard received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her principal teachers have included Emanuel Vardi, Sidney Curtiss, and Joseph dePasquale. Since joining the faculty at UNI, Dr. Bullard has taught courses in a wide variety of subjects in addition to her leadership of the viola studio. In 2003 she was appointed Director of the UNI Suzuki School, as well. Active state-wide as in both administrative and artistic positions, Bullard is currently President of the Iowa String Teachers Association and an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer. In a review of a recent performance in New York, William Martin (The Post-Star) praised her “deep, rich sound” and “intelligent and deeply felt music making.”
Cellist Jonathan Chenoweth has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States. Chenoweth graduated from Oberlin College, earning a double major in cello performance (with Richard Kapuscinski) and art history. A doctoral student of Timothy Eddy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before coming to Iowa, he remains an active performer and is currently principal cellist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Having been a member of the Dakota Quartet and a founding member of the contemporary ensemble Bis, Chenoweth coaches chamber music in the School of Music in addition to his duties in the cello studio and with the many university students he sees as a professor in Liberal Arts Core classes.