Pineywoods String Quartet
The newly formed Pineywoods String Quartet consists of two faculty members and two string performance major students from Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, Associate Professor of violin and viola, has been teaching at the school since 2003. A graduate of the Virginia School of the Arts, Dr. Dalmas holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance from Florida State University, where she studied with Professors Karen Clarke, Eliot Chapo and Dr. Gary Kosloski. An active performer, she has played various concerti with orchestras in the United States and Europe, and as part of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century program has given recitals and master classes both in the United States, Hong Kong, Central America and Eastern Europe. She is currently the concertmaster of the Longview Symphony, and also plays in Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Santa Fe, NM. In the summer of 2015, she served as violin faculty at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy.
Violinist Payton Andrews was born in Nacogdoches TX, where he began studying violin at the age of 5. A Texas All-state violinist for several years, he was named concertmaster of the 2012 Texas All-State Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent his senior year of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy. In past summers, he has participated in the Meadowmount and Brevard Music Festivals. He attended Southern Methodist University's music school for his freshman year of college before moving back home to study with Dr. Dalmas at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Preston Patterson, a native born Texan from Temple, began playing viola in the 7th grade in the public schools of Killeen ISD. Throughout high school, Patterson was an active member of Vivace Youth Orchestra of Academie Musique at Temple College, the All- Region Orchestra, and the Temple College Orchestra. Patterson began studying music at Temple College under the private direction of Mary Fairlie and graduated in 2014 with an Associate of Arts in Music, and earned a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from SFA in 2016. In the Spring of 2016 and 2017, Patterson was given the opportunity to travel to Macau and Hong Kong to give collaborative performances with the students of the University of Macau. Currently a graduate assistant at SFA and principal violist for the Orchestra of the Pines, Patterson enjoys playing with various orchestras throughout Central and East Texas, including Temple Symphony Orchestra, Longview Symphony Orchestra, and Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Russe, Bulgaria, Evgeni Raychev began his studies on the violoncello with Elka Effremova at the Vesselin Stoyanov SOM. He studied at the Bulgarian Music Academy, Sofia (A.B., M.A) with professor Zdravko Yordanov and Florida State University (M.A., D.M.A) with professor Lubomir Georgiev. Winner of several competitions, Evgeni Raychev has soloed with orchestras in the USA, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Chamber and solo music performances include: USA, Bulgaria, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Costa Rica and Italy. He has served as principal for the FSU Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras, Tallahassee SO, Southeast SO, Orchestra of the Pines, Texarkana SO, Longview SO, and East Texas SO. Raychev has taught cello at Stephen F. Austin State University since 2003. Evgeni Raychev plays together with his wife Jennifer Dalmas as the Hachidori Duo, and they recently performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Interharmony Chamber Music Series.