ELEGANT STRING MUSIC FOR ANY OCCASION
Jane Hart Brendle has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony
Orchestra since 1995. Known for her diverse musical vocabulary, Jane has
appeared regionally in concerts of avant garde and standard jazz, as a guest
artist with the Charlotte-based group Big Octave and the Asheville-based
Jazz Composers Forum group Petri Dish; in recital with renowned bluegrass
mandolinist Darin Aldridge; and most recently in concert with members of the
Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte's A Sign of the Times Big Band. In recent
years, Jane served on the music faculties of Davidson College and Winthrop
University, teaching applied violin, viola, and chamber music.
Many of Jane's violin solos and arrangements have been recorded with area performers and
composers. Recent CD releases include: Claire Ritter's Waltzing the Splendor; Walk a Different
Line with Tesser; A Queen City Christmas with Carolina Strings; Rick Spreitzer's From the
Bottom; and Anne Trenning's All One World, and Waiting for Rain, which debuted at #3 on the
World Radio Charts in February, 2009. Charlotte Magazine - “Anne Trenning infuses her pieces
with songful, soothing warmth...(and) features lovely fiddle lines by Charlotte Symphony violinist
Jane Hart Brendle.”
Jane holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina
at Greensboro, where she studied with David Moskovitz.
Ellen Ferdon has played viola with Carolina Strings for many years. She
has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony viola section since 1984
and is an active chamber music recitalist in the Charlotte area. Ellen is a
native North Carolinian and began her formal studies at the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro with Judson Griffin. She received her
Bachelor of Music Degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts,
where she studied with Sally Peck.
Susan Davis is one of the original members of Carolina Strings having
played cello with the group since 1982. She is a member of the Charlotte
Symphony cello section. In previous years Susan has served in the Savannah
Symphony and as principal cello in the Charleston Symphony. She graduated
with honors from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she
studied with members of the LaSalle String Quartet and Lynn Harrell.
She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and the NC School of the Arts International Music
Program in Italy and Germany. Ellen has also performed with the Greensboro and
In addition Susan studied cello with Gabor Rejto at the Music Academy of the West in Santa
Barbara and she was the recipient of a Fellowship award for cello studies at the Boston
Symphony's Tanglewood Festival.