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The Euclid String Quartet will be presenting a concert at Reed College on Friday, February 7,at 7:30 p.m. They will also offer a preview and discussion of the concert that afternoon at 4:15 p.m.; both events will take place in the Eliot Hall chapel. The quartet will be performing Piazzolla's Four for Tango, Bartók's String Quartet #4, and August Dramas by Armando Bayolo, a visiting member of Reed's music faculty. Both the concert and discussion are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Reed events website at or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

The Euclid String Quartet, a dynamic young ensemble formed in Ohio in 1998, took first prize at the prestigious Carmel Chamber Music Competition in California, and in 2002 they were one of three ensembles selected worldwide to participate as a fellowship quartet at the Aspen Music Festival. They have been coached by many distinguished musicians, including members of the Emerson, Cleveland, and Guarneri string quartets. The Euclid Quartet, which takes its name from the famous Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, is dedicated to performing new music and has commissioned works from several noted young composers, including Armando Bayolo, visiting assistant professor of music at Reed College.

Violinist Jameson Cooper, originally from Sheffield, England, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music before coming to the U.S. as a participant in the Aspen Music Festival. Among his teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Massao Kawasaki, and Roland and Almita Vamos. After earning an M.M. in violin and conducting from Kent State University, he served there as assistant professor of violin and viola. Recipient of numerous prizes, Cooper has also recorded Icelandic music for Musart, and new music by Kent State University composers on Innova. A former faculty member of the Lyceum Music School of Oldham, England, and longtime private teacher, he remains committed to teaching and musical outreach.

Violinist Jacob Murphy grew up in Fresno, California, where he became the youngest member of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. At the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Charles Castleman and Camilla Wicks, he was active in both new and early music ensembles. While a student of Gregory Fulkerson and David Russell at Kent State University, he also recorded new music by Kent State University composers for Innova. Murphy has performed in various summer festivals, including Kent/Blossom, the Quartet Program at Bucknell, and the Ohio Light Opera.

Violist Luis Vargas, a native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, began his studies at the Conservatorio de Musica Simon Bolivar in Caracas. While playing with the Cuarteto America from 1995 to 1999, Vargas earned a chamber music diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario and an M.M. from Miami University of Ohio. He then pursued his performers certificate at Northern Illinois University under the guidance of Richard Young and the Vermeer Quartet. As a chamber musician, Vargas has participated in numerous festivals through the U.S. and Europe, including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Soundfest with the Colorado String Quartet, the Round-Top Festival, and the Festival International d’Echternach in Luxembourg.

Cellist Jennifer Lee Vaughn began her cello studies in Okemos, Michigan. While in high school, she studied with Tanya Carey, both in Chicago and at the Meadowmount School in New York. In 1997 she earned a B.M. in performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory, where she studied with Peter Rejto. She continued her studies at Kent State University with Rejto and Richard Aaron, winning the 2000 Kent State Graduate Concerto Competition and earning an M.M. there. A former faculty member of Hiram College in Ohio, she has performed with the Akron Symphony and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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