Amanda Beaune is a violinist based in Chicago, where she obtained her Master's degree in Violin Performance at Northwestern University, under the guidance of Blair Milton. Originally from Michigan, Amanda spent many years cultivating her passion for ensemble playing by performing in regional orchestras, chamber orchestras, and free-lance projects throughout metro-Detroit. These included ensembles such as Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Orchestra, and many others. During her time at Wayne State University, Amanda was concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra and worked on a wide-range of projects for the jazz and composition departments, as well as two student-created chamber orchestras. She is an alumni of Bowdoin International Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Lake Tahoe Music Festival. Amanda currently teaches violin and piano for the Chicago School of Musical Arts, and is a sectional coach/private teacher for the Niles Township High School District. In her free-time, Amanda is passionate about yoga and anything to do with musician’s wellness!
Wiktoria Godawa is currently a first year Master's student at Northwestern University studying flute performance under John Thorne. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and has spent time studying under Dr. Kimberly Reighley, Frances Tate, and Alice Weinreb. Originally from Poland, Wiktoria has spent much of her life living in different cities enjoying the unique musical culture in each of them, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Myrtle Beach. As an avid chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Chamber Winds and has worked to expand the repertoire for chamber wind ensembles. Among freelancing and teaching, Wiktoria coaches the Northwestern Medical Orchestra flute section and is an instructor of flute at Northwestern for non-major flute students. When she is not practicing her Taffanel & Gaubert, Wiktoria loves to stay at home with her cat, Wolfgang, spending time with friends, or taking care of her dozens of plants.