• An ensemble of distinction.

  • About Us

    The Loudoun Quartet, formed in 2002, consists of the unique combination of flute, violin, viola and cello. Craig Marlowe, Maryory Serrano, 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.

     

     

     

  • Profiles

    We've got a top notch ensemble!

    William Craig Marlowe

    Flute

    Craig is a native of Loudoun County, began playing flute at the age of 10 in the Loudoun County Public School system.

     

    Dr. Maryory Serrano

    Violin

    Born and raised in Venezuela, Maryory became the proud owner of a small and extremely cute violin at age seven.

     

    Dr. Nora Hamme

    Viola

    The newest member of the ensemble, Nora began playing the violin in the fifth grade and later decided to switch to viola.

    Zack Whitaker

    Cello

    Zack, a native of northern Virginia, Zach has performed in numerous ensembles, including the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and most recently the Zelda Symphony.

  • Biographies

    We've got a top notch ensemble!

    William Craig Marlowe

    Flute

    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 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 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

    Violin

    An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Maryory Serrano began violin studies at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Venezuela. She has studied with a number of noted teachers and has earned an 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

    Viola

    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.

     

    Zack Whitaker

    Cello

    Zachary Whitaker is a graduate of Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance. Currently, he is studying both Performance and Pedagogy at the graduate level at George Mason University with Professor Amy Frost-Baumgarten. Zach has performed in numerous ensembles, including as Principal Cello in the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and most recently the Zelda Symphony.

     

  • Musical Offerings

    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.

     

    Weddings

    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.

  • Repertoire

    Our programming can be tailored to your needs.

    Concert Repertoire

    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
    Viotti Quartets

    Wedding Selections

    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)

    • Air on the G String – Bach
    • Arioso - Bach
    • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
    • Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
    • Air in F from Water Music - Handel
    • Canon in D – Pachelbel
    • Hana’ava Babanot (The Fairest of Maidens) (particularly good for traditional Jewish ceremonies)
    • Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) (particularly good for traditional Jewish ceremonies)

    Bride Processional

    • Trumpet Tune – Henry Clarke
    • Canon in D – Pachelbel
    • Trumpet Voluntary (a.k.a. The Prince of Denmark’s March) – Henry Purcell
    • Processional from “The Sound of Music” – Rodgers
    • Largo from “Winter” of The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
    • Bridal Chorus – Wagner
    • Erev Ba (Evening Comes) (particularly good for traditional Jewish ceremonies)

    During the Ceremony

    • Ave Maria – Schubert or Bach version (with or without a vocal soloist)
    • The Lord’s Prayer – Mallotte (with or without a vocal soloist)
    • Panis Angelicus – Franck (with or without a vocal soloist)
    • Meditation from Thais – Massenet (Nice selection for the Unity Candle)
    • For the Beauty of the Earth – unknown composer
    • O Perfect Love – unknown composer (this is particularly good for the Unity Candle)
    • One Hand, One Heart from “West Side Story” – Bernstein (with or without a vocal soloist)

    Recessional

    • Ode to Joy – Beethoven
    • Clocks – Coldplay (particularly good for contemporary ceremonies)
    • Alla Hornpipe from Water Music – Handel
    • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
    • Le Rejouissance – Handel
    • Wedding March – Mendelssohn
    • Rondeau in D Major, theme from “Masterpiece Theater” – Mouret
    • Allegro from “Spring” of The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
    • Allegro from “Autumn” of The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
    • Siman Tov (Congratulations – Good Luck!) (particularly good for traditional Jewish ceremonies)

    Jewish Wedding Music

    • Shlomo Carlebach V’ha’er E’ne’nu (Enlighten Our Eyes to Your Torah)
    • Medley: Od Y’shama & Mazel Tov (The Voice of Gladness
    • Shall Be Heard Again & Good Luck to the Bride and Groom)
    • Yosef Hadar Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses)
    • Nira Hen Dodi Li (My Beloved is Mine, and I am His)
    • Iosef Ivanovici “Waves of the Danube” (The Anniversary Waltz)
    • Arie Levanon Erev Ba (Evening Comes)
    • Amitai Neeman Hana’ava Babanot (The Fairest of Maidens)
    • Sarah & Ehud Zweig Y’did Nefesh (Beloved of My Soul)
    • Unknown Composer El Kabir (Almighty G-d)
    • Hava Nagila (Let’s Rejoice)
    • Nigun (Tune)
    • Rabbi Elimelech Medley (In the Klezmer Style)
    • Siman Tov (Congratulations – Good Luck!)
    • S’u Sh’orim (Look Up to the Gates)
    • Tum Balalaika (Play Balalaika)

    Bacground Music Selections

    Light / Jazzy Music

    • Including music by the Beatles, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Joplin, Sullivan, Traditional Irish & Christmas music
    • Beatles - Selection
    • Cole Porter - Selection
    • Gershwin - Summertime
    • Gershwin - Selection
    • Joplin - Ragtimes
    • Marteli - arr. Cock Linnet
    • Martelli - arr. Girl With The Flaxen Hair
    • Martelli - arr. Irish Sherry
    • Traditional - Londonderry Air
    • Martelli, - Christmas Medley One
    • Holcombe - Christmas Jazz Suite
    • Holcombe - Music for weddings Vol.1
    • Holcombe - Music for weddings Vol.2

    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.

    • Bach, JS - Air on a G String, Jesu Mans Desiring, Minuet & Badinerie
    • Bizet - L'Arlesienne Suite
    • Bizet - Habanera from Carmen
    • Delibes - Flower Duet
    • Dvorak - Humouresque
    • Elgar - Chanson De Matin
    • Handel - Excerpts from the Water Music
    • Handel - Arrival of the queen of Sheba
    • Massenet - Meditation
    • Mendelsohn - Wedding March
    • Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
    • Mozart - Andante & Rondo
    • Mozart - Divertimenti (arr.)
    • Mozart - Arr. of operas
    • Parry - Jerusalem
    • Pachabel - Canon
    • Rossini -  Barber of Seville arr.
    • Rossini - Quartet in D-Dur
    • Satie - Gymnopedie
    • Schubert - Ave Maria
    • Strauss - Tales from Vienna Woods
    • Strauss - Blue Danube
    • Strauss - Overture from Die Fledermaus
    • Strauss - Emperor Waltz
    • Tchaikovsky - Valse - Sleeping Beauty

    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.

     

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