Cecily Mahan, 1st Violin
Cecily has a bachelor degree in music performance and a masters degree in education. She works as a strings teacher for the Olathe School District and is the orchestra director of the Olathe North High School along with maintaining a private violin studio. Cecily also arranges selections for the quartet and is our piano accompanist when requested. In addition to her beautiful arrangements for string quartet, Cecily also writes and arranges music for her orchestras and has had several of her works published.
LaVonne McDaniel, 2nd Violin
LaVonne has both bachelor and a master degree in violin performance and maintains a successful Suzuki violin studio with over 50 violin students. LaVonne also conducts the chamber orchestra at the Mid-America Nazerine College music department.
J. Dennis Bogart, Viola
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, J. Dennis Bogart is an established performer and teacher. He is a string specialist with the North Kansas City School District and is the Concertmaster of the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. He also teaches private lessons at William Jewell College and frequently performs in the pit orchestra for Starlight Theater. His most influential teacher was the late Walter J Halen, professor emeritus, University of Central Missouri.
Amy Harris, Cello
Amy has both a bachelor and master degree in cello performance and has completed coursework toward her Doctorate. She has performed professionally with orchestras and as a chamber musician in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Prior to moving to the Kansas City area, Amy taught cello at Bethany College. In addition to her work with the Sunflower String Quartet, Amy performs in concert and maintains a successful cello studio.