Oberon Quartet

Did you miss the Oberon fall concert?  Mark your calendar now for:

Mason Bates meets Maurice Ravel
Monday, March 24, 2014
Playhouse Theater, Luck Leadership Center
St. Christophers School

After its formation in 1995 as part of the VCU Music Department, the Oberon Quartet began its residency at St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's Schools in 1996. Designed to be a quartet in residence, the quartet has become a valuable asset for education, culture and community enrichment. The quartet provides educational concerts and classroom observation to all the divisions of both schools, along with two full length recitals at each school. The members of the quartet teach private lessons to many students in the Saints community, as well as coachings and support to the string program at both schools.
All of the current members are also part of the Richmond Symphony, influencing the greater Richmond area with exciting musical experiences. The quartet seeks to be innovative in its programming by performing music both old and new. The past three years each concert has featured a work by a living composer, including some newly commissioned works. This season promises to engage audiences in new and exciting ways.


Photos of the Oberon Quartet with Susan Greenbaum

Quartet Members

  • Alana Pritchard Carithers

    Alana Pritchard Carithers, violin, graduated in 1999 from Northwestern University with a double Master of Music degree in violin performance and pedagogy.
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    She received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Bob Jones University in 1997. During her time at Northwestern, she served as Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Principal Second Violin of the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. She also received her Suzuki Certification with the renowned Betty Haag of Chicago.

    She was one of the founding members of the MusiCorp program in Chicago, a grant funded chamber music program to take music into the inner city schools and churches of the Chicago area.

    In 2005, she began Vivace!, a great summer camp for students in the Richmond/ and Chesapeake areas.

    She began her orchestral career as the Associate Principal Second Violin of the Colorado Springs Symphony in 2000 and held that post until 2003. She played as a member of both the DaVinci String Quartet and the Hausmusik String Quartet, in addition to having a private teaching studio. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra and on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.  She has participated in residencies at SIAS International University in Henan Province, CHINA and The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii.

    She plays several solo and chamber recitals each year throughout Virginia. She is currently violinist with the Oberon Quartet in Residence at St. Catherines School, teaches in the Richmond area and has played as part of the Richmond Symphony since September 2003.
  • Molly Sharp

    Molly Sharp, violist of the Oberon String Quartet, is the Principal Violist of the Richmond Symphony and teaches viola at Virginia Commonwealth University. 
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    Molly is the coordinator and coach for the Chamber Music Program of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program, and teaches at the Richmond Symphony/VCU summer music camp.

    Molly received a Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University/Blair School of Music, studying with Kathryn Plummer. She received her Master’s Degree in 1992 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and apprenticed with the Cavanni Quartet. Molly has also been a member of the Nashville Symphony and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. Molly has played chamber music with many different groups and festivals, including the Chamber Music Festival of Central Virginia, Richmond Chamber Players, and the Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Series. Most recently Molly performed on a recital at the International Double Reed Convention, and was a soloist in 2012 with the Richmond Philharmonic, performing Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.

    In addition to playing the viola, Molly plays fiddle and sings with the Trevillian Ramblers.
  • Susy Yim

    Susy Yim joined the Richmond Symphony in 2001 after completing her Master of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
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    Ms. Yim earned her undergraduate degree from Boston Conservatory, where she received the Arthur B.Whitney award for highest scholastic achievement and was the winner of the Boston Conservatory Concerto competition. She has studied with Raphael Fliegel, Kenneth Goldsmith, Tatiana Dimitriades and David Kim. A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Yim started playing the violin at the age of four and attended the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts when she was nine. Competitions and summer festivals have brought her to countries including France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Scotland, and Japan.  Ms. Yim is also an active chamber musician and teacher, she is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond and is currently a member of both the Richmond Chamber Players and the Oberon String Quartet which is in residence at St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's Schools. 
  • William J. Comita

    WILLIAM J. COMITA, cellist, is a Director of the Strings program at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools.  He also is a section cellist in the Richmond Symphony. 
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    In 1979 Mr. Comita was appointed Assistant Principal Cellist in the Symphony, holding that full-time position for 19 years.  He has been a member of numerous chamber music ensembles in the Richmond area, and is currently in the Oberon String Quartet, quartet-in residence at St. Catherine’s/St. Christopher’s Schools.

    He has made classical recordings with the Roxbury Chamber Players, classical banjoist John Bullard, rock artist Bruce Hornsby on his album Harbor Lights, as well as with a country-rock band, The Marna Bales Band. Mr. Comita appeared as a cellist/movie extra in CBS’s Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal (2000) and HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels (2004).
    In February 2006, he was a guest conductor of the Central Regional Orchestra at L.C. Bird High School in Chester, Virginia.
    Mr. Comita has been an instructor of cello at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He currently teaches cello and is the Director of the Strings program at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools. 

    He received his Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University (Wisconsin) and his Masters of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Stephen Geber, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.  
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