Musicians of Lucia String Quartet
Lucia String Quartet is made up of two violinists, a violist, and a cellist. Our musicians are some of Madison's finest and most experienced musicians. Regular performers with professional ensembles including the Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Hunt Quartet, and more, we guarantee every performance is at the highest professional level.
Beth Larson, violin
Violinist and Wisconsin native Beth Larson is a diverse violinist with extensive experience as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, and educator. Ms. Larson began her violin studies at the age of 4 when she received her first violin for her birthday. She received her Undergraduate Degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a full-tuition scholarship award from the UW Music Clinic. She studied under David Perry while receiving coachings and masterclasses from esteemed musicians such as Felicia Moye, Timothy Eddy, Ron Leonard, and members of the Pro Arte String Quartet.
As an active orchestral musician, Beth performs throughout the midwest and beyond with ensembles such as Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Willy Street Chamber Players, Heartstrings Quartet, and Lucia String Quartet. Beth is also a passionate educator and maintains a private violin and viola studio on the West Side of Madison. She also acts as the First Violin Coach for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. When she isn't performing or practicing, you can find Beth arranging music, running, or upside-down in a yoga studio.
Clayton tillotson, violin
Violinist Clayton Tillotson earned his Master of Music from University of Wisconsin-Madison this spring as a student of David Perry. He completed an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, where he studied with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman, and received a Bachelor of Music from UW-Madison in 2011. Originally from Iowa, Mr. Tillotson has performed as first violinist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Quad City Symphony, and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. He has spent many summers studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Meadowmount School of Music, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. He has performed as soloist with the Southeast Iowa Symphony and appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Midday” as a member of the Hunt Quartet. Clayton plays a violin from 1863 by Nicholas Eugene Simoutre and a bow by Joseph Arthur Vigneron circa 1895.
Blakeley Menghini, viola
Blakeley Menghini received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Viola Performance from Greenville College in 2011, where she studied with Victoria Voumard. She then studied with Tony Devroye and the Avalon Quartet as she earned her Master of Music degree and Performance Certificate in Viola from Northern Illinois University in 2014. Blakeley then spent a year teaching private violin, viola, and piano lessons in public schools, private schools, and her home in southern Illinois. She also taught at Greenville College, where she directed the GC Chamber Orchestra and served as adjunct professor of Violin and Viola. In addition, she created and taught a Music History and Appreciation course at the Lahr-Well Academy in Edwardsville, IL. Blakeley is now a DMA candidate at UW-Madison, where she studies viola with Sally Chisholm. Blakeley serves as the violist of UW-Madison's Hunt Quartet, where she is able to share her love of music with elementary students across the Madison region through the Madison Symphony Orchestra's Up Close and Musical program. In 2017, she began teaching at Beloit College, as an adjunct professor of Viola. In addition to classical playing and teaching, Blakeley has performed and recorded with many singer/songwriters in the St Louis and Nashville areas.
Jordan allen, cello
Jordan Allen began studying the cello at the age of 10 in his native Wisconsin. He attended the Eastman School of Music for his undergraduate degree where he studied with Steven Doane. He studied with Uri Vardi at UW-Madison for his master's degree as a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow. Before moving to Madison, Mr. Allen resided in Miami Beach, Florida, where he played with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Allen has participated in many music programs and summer festivals, including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has performed in masterclasses across the country with cellists such as Pieter Wispelwey, Alban Gerhardt, Peter Wiley, Anssi Karrtunnen, David Geber, Desmond Hoebig, Carter Brey, Elenore Schoenfeld, Norman Fischer, and members of the Muir Quartet, Guaneri Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Tackas Quartet, and Cavani Quartet. Mr. Allen has had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Osmo Vänskä, Robert Spano, David Zinman, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, Andreas Delfs, Franz Welser-Most, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, and Marin Alsop. He plays with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and participates in other freelance teaching and performing opportunities in the area. Mr. Allen is fortunate to play a French cello made in 1826.