• About Us

    Cecily Mahan, 1st violin

    Cecily is the music director of our group and holds a  Bachelor of Performance in violin, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Masters of Education.  She has been a strings specialist for the Shawnee Mission and Olathe Public schools for a combined 27 years.  She does arranging for the quartet and is a published composer.   Cecily has played for the Springfield, Missouri Symphony, the Kansas City Civic Symphony, and currently plays many venues throughout the KC area.  She also enjoys playing with the KC Irish jam sessions and other bluegrass jam sessions in the area.  

    Lavonne McDaniel, 2nd violin

    Lavonne McDaniel is a highly esteemed violin teacher and performer in the KC area.  LaVonne attended Evangel College in Springfield with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and received and MM at UMKC in 1989.  there, she studied with Tiberius Klausner, the former concertmaster of the KC Symphony.  Lavonne also played in the Springfield Symphony from 1980-1987.

    Lavonne has a very prestigious violin studio and has actively taught at Northland Cathedral School of Music, UMKC Continuing Education department, and JCCC in the late 1990's.  

    Dennis Bogart, viola

    A native of Kansas City Missouri, Dennis Bogart is currently the concertmaster of the Medical Arts Symphony and maintains a private studio at William Jewell College.  He recently retired from the North Kansas City School District as a string specialist and stays quite active as a free lance musician playing at many professional venues including Starlight Theatre.

    Anna Cook, cello

     Anna Cook is a music educator and cellist in the Kansas City area. She studied under Martin Storey and Matthew Herren for several years before attending Bethel College, where she graduated with a BA in cello performance. Anna studied conducting extensively with Timothy Shade and Daniel Hege, attending a conducting workshop with Music Academy of the West in 2010. She began her teaching career in Wilson, Kansas, and is currently the orchestra director at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, KS. Anna is an active member of NAfME and KMEA, and will be serving as the KMEA East Central District High School Orchestra Chair for 2018-2020. Anna is originally from Lawrence, Kansas.