Susanne Hyman (celtic harp, piano) is a retired music educator who has also worked as an Artist in Residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission's Arts in Education Program.  Her school programs consist of storytelling and celtic music and instruments.  She holds an undergraduate degree in music with an emphasis in piano performance from Winthrop University and a master's degree in music from the University of South Carolina.  She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Jamie, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. She is mother to Julie and grandmother to Anna -- a fact which prompted the name of our group!



Julie Mathias (clarinet, flute) grew up in Florence, South Carolina.  She began her musical education at Florida State University, then transferred to Winthrop College in Rock Hill to study under Phil Thompson.  She received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree as well as a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1990 and was awarded the prestigious Presser Music Scholarship the same year.  She continued her graduate studies at Winthrop and received her Master of Music in 1993.  Mrs. Mathias was the 1988 winner of the South Carolina MTNA Young Artist Competition, as well as second runner up in the Southern Division Finals held in Richmond, Virginia.  She has been a public school music educator for the past nineteen years.  She currently teaches elementary music at Sullivan's Island Elementary School and resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and two daughters.


 Anna Mathias (cello) began playing cello at the age of six.  She graduated from Charleston County School of the Arts with a major in cello.  She is currently a student at the University of South Carolina.  Anna played in both Regional and All-State Orchestras during her middle and high school years.  In addition to her school orchestra, she was also a member of The Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry.  Anna has participated in the Cello Choir Workshops sponsored by the Orchestra Division of SCMEA.  She was a private student of Timothy O'Malley, cellist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.  Anna has also performed in numerous ensembles and chamber music groups around the state, as well as in onstage orchestra local tours with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and with Michael Buble'. 

Claire Bailey (violin)  is a graduate of Charleston County School of the Arts, majoring in violin.  In addition to performing with her school orchestra, Claire was a part of both Regional and All-State Orchestras during her middle and high school years.  She was a student of Rex Conner. Claire is a student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and grew up on James Island with her parents and her siblings.  She is involved in many school, community and church events and has performed in many chamber music and ensemble groups.

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