An ensemble of distinction.
The Loudoun Quartet, formed in 2002, consists of the unique combination of flute, violin, viola, and cello. Craig Marlowe, Marjory Serrano-Coyer, Nora Hamme, and Zack Whitaker, all principal members of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, and are professional, conservatory-trained musicians dedicated to exploring works written especially for their distinct combination of instruments.
Craig, Maryory, Nora, and Zack all met as members of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and began playing together to highlight some of the baroque flute quartet literature.
The quartet places a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach educational work in the school systems and public libraries, by offering performance ensembles for students and by presenting family-oriented concerts. They believe that the “up close and personal” nature of chamber music is one of the most effective ways of awakening an enthusiasm for classical music. The ensemble has performed educational concerts in elementary schools, preschools, and performing arts centers throughout Loudoun, and Fairfax Counties.
We've got a top notch ensemble!
William Craig Marlowe
Craig is a native of Loudoun County, began playing flute at the age of 10 in the Loudoun County Public School system.
Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer
Born and raised in Venezuela, Maryory became the proud owner of a small and extremely cute violin at age seven.
Dr. Nora Hamme
The newest member of the ensemble, Nora began playing the violin in the fifth grade and later decided to switch to viola.
Zack, a native of northern Virginia, has performed in numerous ensembles, including the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Loudoun and McLean Symphnies, and most recently the Zelda Symphony.
We've got a top notch ensemble!
William Craig Marlowe
Flutist William "Craig" Marlowe is a native of Loudoun County, Virginia, and currently holds the Principal Flute positions in the Washington Sinfonietta, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO). Mr. Marlowe has also been a regular performer in the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, Charles-Washington Symphony, Washington Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and the Landon Symphonette. In addition, he has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and made solo performances with numerous other orchestras.
An avid chamber musician, he performs regularly with Harpists Vanessa Young-Miller and Cheryl Roeske, Musical Offering Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Vivacé, and is a founding member of the Loudoun Quartet. He is also currently a member of the National Flute Association and the Flute Society of Washington.
Mr. Marlowe has studied flute with Francile Bilyeu at Virginia Commonwealth University, Judith Mendenhall at Mannes College of Music, Vanita Hall-Jones at the Catholic University of America, and William S. Haynes Artist, Susan Hoeppner. He was awarded First Place in the Virginia Music Teachers Young Artist Competition 1986 and 1987, Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition 1987, and Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition 1987.
In addition to his performance attributes, he also maintains a select private studio, serves as President on the Board of Directors Executive Committee and Managing Artistic Director for PACO, as well as designs and maintains the Loudoun Quartet website.
He performs on Lillian Burkart Professional 9k Ag and Pearl 14k Maesta flutes, and Braun C-Fuß and Powell Sonare PS-750T piccolos.
Dr. Maryory Serrano
An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Marjory Serrano began violin studies at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Venezuela. She has studied with a number of noted teachers and has earned a masters degree in Violin Performance and Artist Diplomas in String Quartet Studies and Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory under Akemi Takayama. She has performed in numerous festivals including Union de las Artes (Venezuela), Curso de Violin (Venezuela), Las Vegas Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado).
Ms. Serrano served as principal second violin at the Idyllwild Arts Music Festival under the baton of Larry Livingston, and also performed at the Castleton Festival under the baton of then-New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel. Ms. Serrano has performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles. In 2007, she was the only violinist from the Americas invited to compete in the International Violin Competition Citta d'Brescia in Italy.
Ms. Serrano has taken master classes with such renowned violinists as Anne Akiko Meyers and Midori, and chamber music master classes with Irish pianist John O'Conor. Ms. Serrano was a member of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela from 1995 until 2001 and has been Principal Second Violin at the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 2003. She has extensive experience serving as a concertmaster, including with the Shenandoah Conservatory symphony orchestra for several years under Venezuelan conductor Jan Wagner, and most recently has served as concertmaster for the Catholic University of America symphony orchestra while pursuing her doctoral degree at that institution under the direction of Jody Gatwood.
Ms. Serrano holds an adjunct faculty position in violin at Frederick (MD) Community College. She also performs with the Apollo Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, National String Symphonia in the Washington, DC area, and with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV. Additionally, Ms. Serrano is a founding member of the Loudoun Quartet.
Dr. Nora Hamme
Dr. Nora Hamme's experience in several fields of music has made her an exciting and versatile violist. An avid performer, Dr. Hamme has won numerous scholarships and awards for her solo, chamber, and orchestral abilities, which in turn have given her the opportunity to study with Sally Peck, Patricia McCarty, Ulrich Eichenauer, James VanValkenburg, and Doris Lederer. She has performed in masterclasses for esteemed violists and ensembles, including James Dunham, Amadi Hummings, Sheila Browne, Lynne Ramsey, Karen Ritscher, Michelle LaCourse, and The Juilliard, Mendelssohn, and Pacifica Quartets.
As a performer, Dr. Hamme has played in several orchestras throughout the Southeast, including the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra (DC), Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charleston (SC), and Maryland Symphonies, as well as several opera and ballet companies. She was recently appointed as Acting Assistant Principal for the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra's 2013-2014 season.
Believing that music should be readily accessible to the public, Dr. Hamme is an advocate of free musical performances for the public. She has arranged several chamber music and recital concert series, inviting the public to attend these concerts for free.
Dr. Hamme is also an advocate for music education and has served as a guest artist for several public school orchestras and youth symphonies. She has recorded educational materials for private and classroom teaching for publishing companies such as Lorenz Publishing, C. Alan Publications, and Lynne Latham Music. An experienced educator, Dr. Hamme's students have been recipients of numerous awards for their performances, both solo and orchestral. Dr. Hamme is currently the Lecturer of Upper Strings at Juniata College and an Adjunct Professor of Music Appreciation at Hagerstown Community College.
Dr. Hamme received her B.M. and M.M. in viola performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She also studied orchestral studies with James VanValkenburg of the Detroit Symphony. Dr. Hamme was awarded the D.M.A. in viola performance from Shenandoah University Conservatory.
Zachary Whitaker is a freelance cellist and teacher in the Northern Virginia area. He has performed with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Mclean Orchestra, and has performed in numerous venues including The Music Center at Strathmore, The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria, Merriweather Post Pavillion, The Library of Congress, the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University, and others. During his summers, Zach has participated in the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, apprenticed with the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD, and has been a fellow with the National Orchestral Institute and Festival in College Park, MD. He is also a Performance Member with the Friday Morning Music Club. Throughout Zachary’s cello career, he has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Robert deMaine, Amit Peled, Nurit Bar-Josef, and film composer Hans Zimmer.
Zachary graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory with a B.M. in Cello Performance and later received a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from George Mason University. His primary teachers include Amy Frost Baumgarten, Dr. Roman Placzek, and Clyde Shaw. He has also been an active cello teacher since 2012 and is currently maintaining a private studio at The Potomac Arts Academy at George Mason University. He enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.
Tailored to your needs!
Concerts & Recitals
Interactive, educational and engaging
Equally at home performing in a concert setting and as background music for a private function, the Loudoun Quartet performs an assortment of music suitable for all types of functions ranging from Mozart to The Beatles. The quartet has performed recitals at the new Franklin Park Performing Arts Center in Purcellville, St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, and at the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.
Representing the Loudoun Symphony Association to other area non-profit organizations throughout the year, the quartet regularly performs at events for the Waterford Foundation, Leadership Loudoun Foundation, and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation.
The Loudoun Quartet also places a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach work in the school systems and other educational performances. We believe that chamber music is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for classical music to new audiences. The quartet performs educational concerts each year, in elementary schools, preschools, and performing arts centers throughout Loudoun County.
Tailored for your special day
Having performed at numerous weddings, the Loudoun Quartet is the choice ensemble for your special event. We understand this is your special day, and quartet wedding music should provide the finishing touch to what should be a truly wonderful occasion.
Our uniquely extensive repertoire stretches from Vivaldi to the Verve - from Bach to the Beatles. An all-classical performance is popular, as is a repertoire of popular and easy listening music. A mixture of various styles, from traditional classical to popular tunes are available. We're sure you'll want to find that special request to make your wedding truly personal. In the unlikely event that your favorite selection is not on our playlist, we can arrange for our players to perform it especially for you.
For your ceremony, we'll give you expert advice on the music to be played as your guests arrive, during the brides entrance, and the recessional. If you've opted for a traditional church wedding, we can easily accompany any hymns you may have chosen. Subject to certain requirements, we can also play in outdoor venues - weather permitting.
The ceremony, cocktail reception and even your wedding breakfast, can all be enhanced with timeless instrumental music. The Loudoun Quartet has the experience to create the desired atmosphere that you, your groom, and your guests deserve. We play at indoor and outdoor events throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and unlike some ensembles our travelling charges are very modest.
Organizing your special day can be a stressful experience. We hope our client-friendly approach and familiarity with the order of events at weddings will help to make your day more relaxing. Music can be played at any point during a wedding; however, you may find our Wedding Ceremony Planner a useful guide to help you plan your day more effectively.
Corporate & Social Events
classical and/or pops
The Loudoun Quartet provides background music for prestigious corporate functions, parties and weddings, performing at Oatlands Plantation, Belmont Country Club, River Creek Club, and Landsdowne Resort. Representing the Loudoun Symphony Association to other area non-profit organizations throughout the year, the quartet regularly performs at events for the Waterford Foundation, Leadership Loudoun Foundation, and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation.
Our programming can be tailored to your needs.
The Loudoun Quartet performs an array of pieces suitable for formal concerts ranging from baroque through to contemporary genres.
Volkmar Andreae - Quartett, Op. 43
J. C. Bach - Quartets
Benshoof - In Shadows, light
Boccherini - Quartet
Borne - Camen Fantasie
Cimarosa - Quartets
Copland - Threnodies
Cras - Quintette
Danzi - Quartets
Denisov - Quartet
Devienne - Quartet
Feld - Flautarchia
Feld - Nocturne
Fesca - Quartets
Foote - Nocturne & Scherzo
Gluck - Minuet and Dance
Gyrowetz - Quartet
Hadyn - Quartets
Harvey - Quartets
Hoffmeister - Quartets
Hoffmann - Quartets
Hoover - Quartet
Gordon Jacob - Four Fancies
Jolivet - Chant de Linos
Krommer - Quartets
Mercandante - Quartets
Mozart - Flute Quartets
Mozart - Andante and Rondo
Ries - Quartets
Reicha - Quartets
Rossini - Quartets
Roussel - Serenade, Op. 30
Schocker - Child's Play
Schuller - Aphorisms
Stamitz - Quartets
Telemann - Quartets
Tournier - Suite, Op. 34
The Loudoun Quartet performs an array of pieces suitable for weddings ranging from traditional to popular. Below is our standard wedding selections, although we can work with you to perform works that best enhance the mood of your wedding event.
Processional (Groomsmen, Mother’s and Bridesmaids)
During the Ceremony
Jewish Wedding Music
Bacground Music Selections
Light / Jazzy Music
Popular Classical Music
Including music by Albeniz, J. S. Bach, Bizet, Borodin, Chopin, Debussy, Delibes, Dvorak, Elgar, Faure, Granados, Handel, Massenet, Mozart, Rossini , Strauss, Tchaikovsky & Verdi.
Standard Classical Music
Including music by J. C. Bach, Boccherini, Cimarosa, Danzi, Devienne, A.B. Furstenau, Giordani, Gyrowetz, Hadyn, Hoffmeister, Krommer, Lessel, Mercandante, Mozart, Pleyel, Reicha, Rossini, Telemann & Viotti.