The Oceana String Quartet was formed in winter 2011 by violinists Emily Choi and Rochelle Nguyen, violist Romaric Pokorny, and cellist Sonja Myklebust, and currently serves as the official student string quartet of the University of Washington. The OSQ won the 2nd Annual Strings and Piano Chamber Music Competition at the UW School of Music, and was awarded the Alcor Scholarship. The quartet is coached by Melia Watras, violist of the Corigliano Quartet, and has also worked with Ronald Patterson, Elisa Barston, and members of Cuarteto Casals and Emerson Quartet.
Highlights of their inaugural season include their debut concert at Brechemin Auditorium, a performance at Daniels Recital Hall in downtown Seattle, and an appearance for Paramount Pictures for the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Oceana recently represented the UW School of Music by performing at HuskyFest, a community -wide event in April celebrating the university’s150th birthday. OSQ performed George Crumb’s Black Angels in May, 2012 UW Contemporary Group concert to great acclaim.
In June Oceana will perform as finalists in the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle and will be featured in KingFM’s NW Focus Live. OSQ then heads to California to participate in the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University.