Kate Carter

Kate Carter’s musical versatility makes her equally at home in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. A prizewinner in various competitions, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in February 2014.  As concerto soloist, Kate has performed many times with the Elmhurst Symphony, with whom she is Assistant Concertmaster.  She also performs with Camerata Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and other Chicago-based ensembles.  Kate holds a Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from Eastman.  She teaches at Lake Forest College, Merit School of Music and her private studio.  She also teaches clinics and gives coachings about performance psychology, helping musicians to achieve peak performance. For more information, visit her website at:

Robert Hariman

Violinist, Robert Hariman, is a local resident of Oak Brook, and graduated from the School of Music, Jakarta, Indonesia. He studied under the mentorship of various famous violinists in the U.S. and was a member of the first violin section of the DuPage Symphony for seven years. He has given recitals at various venues in the Chicagoland area.

Michele Lekas - Violin & Viola

Michele Lekas, has enjoyed an active musical life since moving to the Chicago area in 1993. She serves as Concertmaster for the Rockford and Northwest Indiana Symphonies, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a substitute violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Michele regularly performs chamber music with the Pilgrim Chamber Players, and the Lekas Trio. She has performed many times on WFMT’s Live from Studio One series, and is an active studio musician. In addition to her classical repertoire, Michele performs for Broadway in Chicago productions, highlighted by a four-year run of the musical, Wicked. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec, where she received the “Henryk Szeryng Award.

She was honored with the Graduate Performance Diploma from the St. Louis Conservatory, and was a full scholarship student at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. 

Linda Veleckis-Nussbaum

Linda Veleckis-Nussbaum, violinist, has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. As a chamber musician, she has concertized and conducted master classes with the Cadenza and Projecto Quattro String Quartets and the Julian Piano Quartet. Each summer she coaches chamber music for groups of varying ages and abilities at the Southern Illinois and Eureka College festivals. Orchestrally, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Elgin Symphony, New Philharmonic and currently serves as principal second violin with both the Illinois Philharmonic and the Heartland Festival Orchestras. She is a dedicated teacher and Director of Orchestras in Orland Park.